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Barefoot Bride or No? Here are Some Wedding Shoe Tips You Should Know

We’ve all heard of the phrase, “no pain, no gain”. However, this rule should not apply when we’re talking about our bridal beauty.
And most of all, it shouldn’t apply when we’re talking about bridal footwear. Beautiful to look, and sometimes harmful to wear, shoes can sometimes really hurt our feet. But for the sake of beauty, we end up wearing them anyway.
Well, we at Perfect Bridal say, stop!
Wrong footwear should not cause a dent in a bride’s happy moments, especially on her wedding day.
So here, we give you some tips so brides can buy the best shoes for their wedding and not hurt their tootsies in the process.


Bridal Shoe Mistakes You Should Avoid


• Break in Your Shoes before the Wedding


Unless you want to have blisters on your feet on your wedding day, we suggest you break them in well before the big day. If they’re too tight, wear your shoes under your desk and flex them so that your feet feel comfortable on the big day!


• Buy the Right Style


For the sake of your heels, don’t wear heels. Apart from the ceremony, you will be running around all throughout the night, thanking everyone for coming and dancing the time away.
Heels may put a stop to that. Firstly, wearing something that makes you precociously stand on your own two feet may make you trip. Second; you shouldn’t have to wear heels if you’ll only end up kicking them and going barefoot. Wear shoes you’re comfortable in such as sandals and even cowboy boot; whatever floats your boat!

• Shop Around


Wedding shoes are very expensive. And when it comes to expensive shopping, we tend to want it done quickly so the bill doesn’t torture us as much. However, don’t make the mistake of going to just one or two places. You’re spending a fortune on your purchase, so you need to get shoes that are from the right source.


• Keep a Spare


Even with all these above steps, shoes can still hurt. Your heel may break or the dance may be too slippery (Read: Chandler and Monica’s wedding, anyone?)
In this case, you need to have a trusted pair of shoes in your bridal care kit so that you don’t end up sitting out for your own special occasion.


• Don’t Skip the Pedicure


You’ve ignored your toenails long enough. If you’re going to wear exquisite footwear, your feet need to look good and well taken care of. Getting a pedicure will help you take care of that task. Not to mention, it will also relax your foot muscles enough to help you dance without worrying about the pain.


• Wearing the Wrong Shoes for Your Dress


If you’re going for plain shoes, you may need to first see if your dress covers your feet or not. You don’t want to walk down the aisle while your flip-flops shine in all their glory. Your shoes complete your overall look, so if you do want to look perfect, incorporating the length of your dress will greatly help you.
Perfect Bridal offers beautiful wedding gowns from Bari Jay and Alfred Sung among others. If you want a dress that would go with your footwear, you can be sure that we will help you.
So go ahead and use the above tips to buy the right shoes, and come on down to Perfect Bridal and choose a dress that will surely make you look picture-perfect!

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Plus-Size Beauties – Dress Shopping Tips for the Bride-to-Be

For a plus-size bride, finding the right wedding dress was an intimidating task a few years ago. But thanks to various designers in the bridal wear industry, brides can now choose the most stunning dress without worrying about body-shaming, or worse—finding a dress that is perfect but isn’t available in their size!


But how do you go about shopping for such an ideal dress?


For that,Perfect Bridal offers some handy tips!


Short Tips for Choosing the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress


Call Ahead

Before you begin shopping, pick up the phone and call around the different bridal boutiques and ask about their stock. Tell them your size and ask them if they have a selection of wedding dress types that would work for you. Keep in mind that if the store offers all sizes between 2 and 22, they’ll probably have your size ten.


Just make sure that if they don’t have a sample size that fits you, they can still order one that would. So don’t be disappointed.


Ask the Salesperson for Recommendations

When looking for a dress, find a salesperson that would be eager to help you. Ask for their expertise and get them to show you how they think you’ll look. But keep in mind though that this is your show. You get to control the shopping experience. So don’t shy away if the dress your salesperson picks isn’t as flattering as you feel.


Don’t Worry about the Size


NEVER go with size when it comes to choosing a wedding dress. Wedding dresses often use street sizes but if you’re a size 14 and end up wearing a size 16, don’t lament on the fact. If the dress fits, buy it and ignore the little number on the tag.


Add Sleeves if You Want


Yes, it can be frustrating to search for a strappy wedding dress in a sea of strapless ball gowns. However, if you end up getting your heart set on one dress that happens to be strapless, have the dress altered to add sleeves. Don’t be afraid to ask for the change and don’t just think it’ll be too expensive to get. Chances are the price will be very reasonable.


Be Confident


In a world where a size 12 is often ridiculed, it can be easy for people to body-shame your bodacious self. Put a stop to it as soon as it starts. You are a healthy beautiful woman and no amount of idiocy on some else’s part should bring you down. If someone tries to shame you, i.e. ask you if you are going to lose weight before the wedding, shut them down or search elsewhere for your dream dress.

Have Fun


If you’re shopping at Perfect Bridal, we do our best to make this shopping experience fun for you.
And while you may want to just get the shopping bit over with, take time out to enjoy the day. You deserve it!


Come on down to our boutique or browse through our website to find the perfect dress to look like the queen you are on your wedding day!

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How to Look Perfect When Having a Beach Wedding

With the sand beneath your feet, the sun shining on your perfectly made up hair, you walk down the makeshift aisle feeling like the princess of your dreams…


Until a gush of wind comes along, whooshing your gossamer veil over your head and caking your teeth with the same sand you were reveling in a few seconds ago!


It’s okay, you can stop cringing now. Although this is an over exaggeration of the worst of beach weddings, it doesn’t really take much for the beach-y elements to ruin your illusion of the perfect day.


So in order to stop such a disaster from happening, we give you some style tips to prevent the beach elements from ruining your beach wedding!


What You Should Take Care for Your Beach Wedding


What to Wear


Beach weddings and poufy dresses do not mix. For such an occasion, you need a dress that is light and airy, but not so much that a gush of wind would reveal your nether regions. Light layers and strapless should be your choice so that you can move without fumbling or fussing over your dress.
You can choose from a number of wedding dress types from the variety of bridal party dresses for beach weddings available at
Perfect Bridal. Just keep your comfort as well as style in mind when you choose a dress.


Lastly, when looking for shoes, go for flats; heels sink into the sand.


What Your Groom Should Wear


Unless you want a grumpy groom, opt for relaxed attire rather than the black tux. Again, think light and airy and keep the colors in earth or neutral tones. Let your groom wear a suit that feels comfortable during the ceremony and reception. This way, they won’t have to worry about getting sand all over them, and will be relaxed enough to actually enjoy the proceedings.


After all, it’s his special day too!

How to Wear Your Hair


Choosing a hairstyle is a delicate matter for a beach wedding. Now, the best option would be lose waves that would frame your face. But if this option is too simple for you, you can either add a floral headband or go for an up do.


If you have long hair, a loose braid can look pretty as well, but only if you touch it up with some light hairspray to keep the hair in the knots. Just remember to freshen up your hair 5-10 minutes before the ceremony starts. This will help you maintain your hairstyle all day.


Proper Skin Care


If your wedding is taking place during the day, keep some blotting tissues near you so that you can wipe off perspiration and oil. Also remember to blend sunscreen all over your skin so that you don’t end up getting a white reflection.


Keep your makeup light and natural. Heavy makeup can make your skin extra-shiny, not to mention that too humid weather can end up melting it off your face.


With all these details, we hope you’re able to have a stress free beach wedding!


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A Perfect Bridal Style Guide for the Mother of the Bride (Part 2)

Continuing from the first part of this blog, here are some more details and tips to help you look beautiful on your daughter’s special day!


Styling Tips for Mother of the Bride


Care about Your Accessories


For any fashionable ensemble, the devil is in the details. So when dressing, use small details to improve the look of your dress even more. Pair your soft, flowy dress with crystal hair clips or earrings. Add some extras such as formal gloves or matching handbags if your dress is too simple. Basically, make your entire ensemble look complete and tasteful.


However, when you choose your footwear, go for comfort over style. Diamante stilettos look great, but can be murder for your tootsies if you have to strut about the whole evening.


Add Some Personal Style

We mentioned how mothers of the bride and groom can take this opportunity to add their own flair to the dress. Now, while this may seem confusing since we encouraged you to take your daughter’s choice into account, what we mean by that is that if you want to add a small detail that highlights your style, do it.

There is no reason why the mother of the bride cannot dress up in something that she would want to wear again for another formal occasion.


Be Prepared…


Didn’t you get annoyed when you’d be completely ready to go somewhere and your daughter would still be standing in front of the mirror, putting her makeup on?


Yeah, that’s how your daughter’s going to feel if you start preparing for her wedding a couple of days before the actual occasion. While you may think that you don’t need those mani-pedis before the big day, your daughter knows you a lot more and will probably become quite angry if you don’t pamper yourself, even just a little bit. Remember, it’s your special day, and your daughter will not take it lightly if you show up underprepared. And that brings us to…


Buy Your Dress Three Months before the Ceremony


This duration gives you time for alterations and any special orders that need to be made. Though, if you’re shopping at
Perfect Bridal, this is a no-brainer since we make sure to provide complete assistance at all times. We even offer same day delivery on dresses from several bridal wear designers.


However, the primary reason why this time duration is necessary is so the bride herself can buy her dress from the wedding dress types we have on offer. This way, you will have the chance to buy a dress that would complement her style.


Don’t Forget the Venue


Before, mothers of the bride would have uniforms to go for the occasion i.e. a cocktail jacket and an understated sheath dress. However, thanks to various designers, mothers can now choose the dress they want in accordance with the occasion and the venue.


So for instance, if the wedding is taking place at the beach, mothers can choose their bridal party dresses and pair them with an appropriate shawl or jacket according to their taste.


Although these are just the basic tips, if you want to know more about finding designer dresses for the wedding, contact us! Or come on down to our boutique to pick the perfect mother of the bride dress!


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Pre-Wedding Research – What Every Bride Should Know

An organized bride is a happy bride. But what do you do when you don’t know where to start?
Perfect Bridal has some information in store to help you organize your big day!


Wedding Prep Info All Brides Need to Know


• Don’t Buy Undergarments too Early in Advance


The reason we say this is because many brides go through a weight fluctuation from the time they start preparing until the big day.
Thanks to stress and the several bouts of binge eating you go through, your weight will not likely be the same that it was months ago. The best time to buy wedding undergarments is after your final dress fitting so that you get the proper measurements.


• Don’t be too serious


Even the most stable-minded of us can become bridezillas. The smallest things can sometimes trigger us when we’re preparing for our big day. So instead of letting yourself get all wound up, allow your sense of humor to guide you. Watch some wedding themed movies, let go of the prep and spend the day relaxing and lazing around. Remember; a wedding is supposed to be a happy day!


• Keep Your System Clean


If you want a healthy and fresh glow, commit to this old wives tale; don’t indulge in late-night drinking. For two weeks, keep your diet healthy and stay away from any food that may cause you to break out. Don’t depend on that last minute facial to save you and get plenty of sleep before the day to avoid puffiness.

• Tone Down Your Arms


If you’re one of those brides who want to look fit and fine in their wedding dress; take our advice and start using weights for your arms. Our upper arms are the first part of the body that puffs up when we gain even a little weight. Attempt some repetitions with 1 lb weights and keep at it until the wedding day. Your final look will be the proof of your efforts.


• Choose Your Pre-Wedding Posse with Care


At this moment, you may want to skip that particularly snarky bridesmaids. The days before your wedding need to be positive and calm. But if you do end up in an emotional crisis, you need a caring party that will be able to help you, rather than increase your hysteria.


• Be careful of Your Makeup


The reason your beau is marrying you is because they love you for who you are. So if your makeup artist tries to get a bit too creative, take a stand. You should look like an enhanced version of yourself, rather than a complete stranger. Besides, if you do get too overdone, your makeup may end up clashing with your simple yet exquisite Bari Jay bridal gown!


• Thank Your Bridesmaids


You can’t just expect your bridesmaids to be grateful because you got them inexpensive bridesmaids dresses.
Your bridal party needs to know that you care. Thank them at the start of the day, and make sure to convey your gratitude after the ceremony is done. Keep their spirits up and let them know how special they are.
And these are just a few of the factors that every bride should know. If you want to know more, stay tuned to our Bridal blogs and use our advice and insight for a smoothly organized and memorable wedding day.

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A Perfect Bridal Style Guide for the Mother of the Bride (Part 1)

As mother of the bride, you have a responsibility. You must be elegant. You must be poised. But above all, you must look so absolutely stylish that your daughter would be proud to call you her doting mother!


But how do you go about such a challenging task when your idea of style is a comfy pair of jeans and hoodies? (Don’t worry we’ve all been there!)

For that, Perfect Bridal offers our expertise so you as the mommy of the bride-to-be can look forever as the queen your daughter thinks you to be.


Styling Tips for the Mother of the Bride


Get a Sense of the Theme


All weddings go by themes these days. So keep the tone of the event in mind when searching for a dress. Whether it’s formal, semi-formal, or casual; consider the chosen color scheme and search for a dress that would suit the occasion.


Ask the Bride


You can’t simply choose a mother of the bride dress without consulting your daughter. Ask the bride to dictate her choices about the hemlines, color and patterns.


Just keep in mind that while you must look absolutely gorgeous (anything less is out of the question), you cannot upstage the bride herself. And as her mother, it would not be becoming of you to commit such a faux pas.


Ask Your Comrade in Arms AKA Mother of the Groom


It is customary for the mothers of the engaged couple to coordinate with one another about the selection of the dress. The reason why you have to coordinate is so you don’t end up clashing or outshining each other. As well, it’s important that both mothers use this opportunity to bring their own flair in accordance with the theme of the wedding.


Don’t Match with the Entourage


You’re the mother of the bride, not her bridesmaid. This automatically brings you several notches above the bridal party in terms of style.


DO NOT match up your dress with what the bridesmaids are wearing. If anything, make your outfit distinguishable so that you can stand apart from the rest. You won’t have much problem in searching for such an outfit at Perfect Bridal, since our Mother of the Bride section offers a gorgeous collection of designer dresses!


Don’t Dull Down Your Shine


Your baby girl is getting married! This is an opportunity to celebrate her happiness. So you are not allowed to dress up in a frumpy or shapeless gown. This false tradition of having the mother of the bride look positively drab is one that can make the whole event seem somewhat sad.


Don’t be afraid to dress up in a tastefully designed pant suit or gown. Find some flattering designs and use the opportunity to express your style!


Now, this is just half of our style guide. If you want to find out more about styling yourself for your daughter’s special day; stay tuned and browse our Mother of the Bride section for a wide selection!


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A Bride’s Guide to Understanding Bridesmaids Etiquette

Wedding preparations for the bride can sometimes turn out to be exasperating, which is why have our small army of bridesmaids to help us lighten the load.


Our bridesmaids are our confidants and our supporters, without whom our cold feet would get the better of us. But since not every bride has had experience with bridesmaids before, do we know if we’re behaving the right way and doing the right thing?


For that, Perfect Bridal provides you with some intel.


Bridesmaids Etiquette and Common Questions


Paying for the Bridal Party’s Stay


Generally, you aren’t expected to pay for those who are attending your wedding. Just like they’ve paid for the dress and transport, your bridesmaids will be expected to carry their own responsibilities.


Now, you can help by securing a block of rooms in a hotel on a discount, but apart from that, you do not have to financially support them. Though, if you can afford to, offer to pay half of the expenses.


Having a Pregnant Bridesmaid


We’ve already covered the idea of having pregnant bridesmaid in a previous blog. Just because she’s carrying, doesn’t mean that the mom-to-be doesn’t deserve to have some fun. She can choose to wear a maternity bridesmaid’s dress by designers such as Alfred Sung of the same color as the other bridesmaids. Being pregnant really is no excuse for not allowing your friend to be in the bridal party.


Spending Limit on Bridal Gifts


As discussed before, yes you should make room for a bridal gift in your budget. But you are not required to spend a fortune on it. Keep a range of $25-$75 on the task, and use your own creativity to get your friends something that you know they’ll like – such as a magazine or box subscription, wedding keepsakes or special gifts that they can cherish.


Junior Bridesmaid or Flower Girl?


If you have a bridesmaid who may be too old for a flower girl, you can recruit her as your junior bridesmaid.
Usually, girls over the age of 10 can be bridesmaids, though she will need to wear a junior bridesmaid’s dress that has similarities to the style of the other bridesmaids. This way, she’ll feel part of the gang, rather than a child.


Seating Arrangement


Traditionally, the seating arrangement for the bridesmaids and groomsmen are boy/girl, with the best man sitting beside the bride while the maid of honor sits next to the groom. But this does not mean you cannot put all the women on your side and all the men on your groom’s. Although if you’re easygoing, you can also let them sit wherever they want.


Lineup


This can get difficult, especially if all the people in your bridal party are close to you. You can have the bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down the aisle according to their height. But if you want to approach them with an “importance” angle, you can arrange them in the way you’ve known them, i.e. first family, then friends and then the others.


This way, you won’t have the chance to hurt anyone’s feelings.


Imbalance between Bridesmaids and Groomsmen


Let’s say that you have two bridesmaids and two groomsmen and one has dropped out. You can have the two groomsmen walk your bridesmaid down the aisle. Although if you want, you can also have them appear one by one so as to not upset the order.


As a boutique that offers gorgeous dresses for the bridal party, we at Perfect Bridal have seen our fair share of people who come to us seeking a solution to their problems. And by providing answers as we have above, we hope that you use this information to have a stress-free wedding with only happy memories.


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How To Pick That Perfect Dress For Your Flower Girl

As official members of your bridal posse, your flower girl should get the same level of priority that you would give to your bridesmaids. This is why it is important that that when you choose a dress for them, keep their likes and personality in mind.
To help you, Perfect Bridal provides you with insight on choosing the best flower girl dress.


Tips on Choosing the Best Dress for Your Flower Girl


Style


Is your wedding a formal occasion, or can your flower girls afford to look snazzy? Determining the style of your wedding can help you pinpoint the attire you’re looking for. You must remember that before you, your flower girl will be the one walking down the aisle with all eyes on her; choose a dress that not only makes them feel like a part of the wedding, but also their best.


Color


When choosing the color, maintain the theme that complements your wedding color. Although flower girls do get their own dresses and fashion, you can still choose to buy a dress that is a miniature version of the bridesmaids’ gown. You may need to incorporate something else in the color scheme though, like a ribbon or bow that will make their dress stand out.


Comfort


More than fashionable, your flower girl’s dress needs to be comfortable. Little girls love dressing up for such occasions, but you can’t expect them to bear an uncomfortable dress all day. Also, along with choosing a comfortable dress, find a comfortable pair of shoes so that they don’t whine about their aching feet.


Fabric Quality


You can’t expect your flower girl to sit still primly as you get ready. Since your flower girl will move and play around, you may need to find a fabric that is durable i.e. not easily wrinkled or ripped. Stay away from delicate fabrics such as silk or velvet and stick to the more trusted retailers (us!) if you want a high quality dress.


Length


Neither kids nor adults will like their dress acting like a trip hazard.
Although you can have your choice of lengths, it’s always better to go with tea-length, especially if your flower girl is less than 10 years old.
While older flower girls will be able to hold their floor-length dresses in a way that they don’t trip, your smaller flower girls might be too impatient to do so.


Budget


Budget shouldn’t be that big of an issue when shopping for a flower dress. We offer stunning flower dresses at affordable prices, so you can easily find the dress you need without a problem. You can also buy a junior bridesmaids dress if your flower girl doesn’t like a dress according to her dress.
So what are you waiting for? If you need a flower girl dress, shop today at Perfect Bridal and find the perfect dress from our collection of wedding and designer bridesmaids dresses online.

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Perfect Wedding Gown – Which Color Should You Choose?

We may have Queen Victoria to thank for the white wedding dress, but it is truly thanks to the brides of today that we are able to have colors in our wedding gown.
Colors in wedding gowns range from white to champagne pink, the latter being the more daring color from the lot. But how do we know which color is the right one for us?


Choose the Best Wedding Gown Color


White


The brightest and clearest whites may seem like a classic choice for all brides, but white seldom suits everyone. Since the starkness of the white brings out the richness of their skin color, white wedding gowns usually suit those who have dark skin or fair skin with a hint of pink.
So if you’re pale skinned, stay away from stark white because it may wash you out. This allure romance bridal gown is a perfect example of a white dress.


Ivory


This is the most popular shade of white color in wedding gowns. The shade of ivory combines pink hue with that of a yellowish essence of white, bringing out a color that appears warm on tanned skin, and vibrant on fair skin.
As such, ivory suits almost all skin colors and can give a wonderfully creamy tone. So for those beauties who want to bring out their inner brightness, an ivory dress like this Bari Jay bridal gown may be the best choice for you.


Natural White


Natural white is the whitest shade of white available. It is also a wonderful color that should particularly be worn by those who have a yellowish tone to their skin.
Now, although you may think that this is just simple white, be assured that it is not.
Natural white differs from white because of the origin of the shade. White color is usually achieved by combining synthetic fibers together such as taffetas and satins. Natural white comes from natural fibers, which means that it is pure. This is also why natural white is known as diamond white.


Champagne


Champagne is perhaps the most romantic color in wedding dresses.
Champagne pink dresses use gold and pink hue to create a creamy luscious color that truly brings out a person’s smooth skin color. These dresses also suit almost every skin color, so from brides with tanned or dark undertones to olive or yellow complexions, a champagne dress might turn out to be just the perfect choice to make them look regal.
These shades are the most popular in wedding dress colors. So if want a wedding dress that suits your skin color perfectly, go ahead and use this info to shop at Perfect Bridal and get the best dress to make you feel like a star on your special day.

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4 Wedding Etiquette Rules Every Bride Should Know

Did you just hear that correctly? Your very own bridesmaid is calling you a bridezilla.


Being referred to a bridezilla all the time can be annoying, to say the least. After all, the only thing you’re doing is making sure that every aspect of your wedding goes perfectly. Is that too much to ask for a day that comes once in a lifetime? Absolutely not!
But what if, during your efforts to make everything perfect, you’ve ignored some important details along way? We cannot have that. This is why we list down 4 wedding etiquette you may not know you’re breaking.


Wedding Etiquette Rules You Don’t Want to Break


1. Choosing a Less-than-Convenient Time or Date


Weddings are expensive so we all try to use some useful tricks to get the celebration under budget. However, it is important to not be inconvenient when arranging the wedding. Even Fridays and Sundays are okay, but weekday weddings will not go down well among your guests, especially if they’re families. A person can choose to go to your wedding, sleep less, work and then come back home to catch up on their sleep, but parents will not risk their children’s bedtime, even if it is for your wedding.

2. You’re Making Your Bridesmaids Buy Expensive Dresses


This can cause a lot of bad blood in your wedding posse if you’re not considerate. It’s all well and good to have your bridesmaids buy gorgeous designer bridesmaids dresses that they may be able to wear on later dates.
But it’s entirely another thing to make them buy a dress that’s not only expensive, but also slightly useless.
Shop at reliable sources such as Perfect Bridal to get the best dress for a good price, and understand that while this is your dream wedding, your bridesmaids do not have a dream amount in their bank accounts.

3. You Have a Cash Bar


An ideal wedding is one where your guests won’t have to spend any money. So it’s probable that they won’t like it if they have to pay for expensive drinks.
We’re not asking you to have an open bar if your budget cannot spare it, but you can still choose to offer only wine and beer. Cash bars can cost a lot, so try to unburden your guests by giving them signature cocktails or two along with the usual drink.

4. You don’t have Bridal Party Gifts
So you’re saying that you’re not even going to offer a small token of gratitude to your bridesmaids who have travelled all the way to the venue for your special day?
Considering that bridesmaids spend $1,695 on wedding parties each year, it is only fitting that they should get a thank you gift from the bride who wanted them all to be a part of her wedding ceremony.
We aren’t asking you to spend a fortune, but keep a substantial amount aside when you settle on the wedding budget.
So now that you know about these rules, keep them in mind when you prepare for your special day, so that you can remember your wedding with fond memories.

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