Wedding 101

Insider Advice and Ideas for Your Best Day

Emily Stanaland Burton, wedding planner, event designer, producer and prop stylist, shares some often-forgotten tips for wedding success and unflustered time before and after your nuptials.


-Make sure to have your marriage license complete before the wedding.

-Have bathroom baskets around; there is always a need for them.

-Pre-plan where you’re sleeping afterward and how you’re getting there.

-Have your outfit steamed and cleaned; it’s often left to the day of.

-Make sure your passport is not expired if going out of the country.

-Stock emergency kits. Things like feminine products, a sewing kit, hydration, medicine, hair ties, bobby pins and nail polish are must-haves for the wedding party.

-Assign a point of contact for the week of the wedding. This person can be a planner, the maid of honour or a parent.

-Make sure your vendors are only reaching out to the planner on the week of the wedding.

-Scrap the middle man when it comes to vendors. (Using third parties to book can lead to additional fees.)

-Find ways to repurpose things like tables, so you’re not spending extra money on items you already have.

-Transform a serving table into a fun dessert station

-Move chairs from the ceremony to the reception

-Reuse flowers/bouquets to decorate

-Create a welcome bag that acts as a wedding favour for guests

Guest Etiquette:

-Don’t wear white unless instructed.

-Don’t bring a plus one or extra guests if they weren’t invited.

-Don’t try to be the star or upstage the bride or the event.

-Recognize the formality of the event.

-Don’t hound the bride (or groom) the week of the wedding with questions. Instead, reach out to a planner or an appointed person

 “We live in such a fast-paced society,” Emily points out. “Although traditional options are still used, [bridal couples] must understand the guest demographic and should create a website to accommodate.” The website can be used for everything from receiving RSVPs to communicating with guests, as a group, about any last-minute changes or updates.   

Emily Stanaland Burton is an internationally known wedding planner, event designer, producer, and prop stylist who mixes interior design with event design to create one-of-a-kind spaces that visually tell a story.

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