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Straight from the Bride's Mouth:
Answers to the Questions You Forgot to Ask

By Erin Mahoney


What if I start to cry during the ceremony?

Unexpectedly, I was overcome with emotion before and during the ceremony and had tears in my eyes (along with a runny nose). My advice to you: Bring a tissue down the aisle with you.

We're writing our own vows - is it okay to read them off a piece of paper?

That's what my husband and I did, and - based on the emotional response from the crowd - it didn't take anything away from the impact of our words. You never know how you're going to feel once you're declaring your love in front of a hundred or so people, so don't burden yourself with the responsibility of memorization. My maid of honor carried my cheat sheet down the aisle along with her bouquet and handed it to me at the appropriate time.


Should I wear my engagement ring during the ceremony?

I was advised not to - apparently, it takes away from the impact of having your wedding band placed on your ring finger. My father, who walked me down the aisle, stuck it in his tuxedo pocket and gave it back to me to wear during the reception.

Will I have the chance to touch up my makeup during the wedding celebration?

You'll probably want to bring the right shade of lipstick and a small mirror for touch-ups, as you'll be doing a lot of smooching, as well as be photographed incessantly. If you tend toward shininess, it might not hurt to bring a powder compact, as well. You can even put one of your bridesmaids in charge of carrying it all in her purse if you prefer to remain unencumbered. That said, don't get too hung up on how perfect your makeup is - you'll look gorgeous as long as you're smiling and happy.


Will I be able to go the bathroom in my wedding dress?

It depends on the dress. If you have a very ornate gown with a long train or extremely full skirt, you may have to request the aid of your bridesmaid(s). I found that I was able to use the facilities with relative ease on my own by straddling the toilet facing backwards. Not exactly glamorous, but it made it easy to get my skirt out of the way.

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Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

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3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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