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To Relieve Wedding Tension: Apply Advice, Repeat As Necessary

By Lesley-Ann Graham

For increasing the all-around tension of at least two families, there's nothing as effective as a wedding. You're throwing strangers together in a situation that may be alien to all of them. You're encouraging a clash of styles and tastes, with you and the person you love most right in the middle of it.

It seems like a situation wrought with danger, disaster, and debt. But there are ways of defeating all the monsters between you and the wedding of your dreams.

How about - organization?

Yes, the old-fashioned concept of organization can stand you in good stead. Writing everything down. Keeping detailed forms with lists of caterers, musicians, guests, tasks, things to pick up on shopping expeditions.

Organization can be better than a purple-haired, Miss-Manners-reading great aunt. When you get organized, you find yourself in control again. You know what's going on, and you know you haven't forgotten anything in the shuffle - like the ring, or the table and chair rental.

And the best organization comes from a genuinely complete book.

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Toolkit

This is a new book on the scene. The Ultimate Wedding Planning Toolkit gives you advice on every aspect of your wedding, from how to do an outdoors wedding to how to manage your budget, how to keep your RSVPs in order, how to keep your divorced parents in order, and how to keep your mental state in order.

How about these bits of advice:

Keep an emergency kit at hand for last minute medical issues (Benadryl to treat those hives!) or fashion emergencies.

If you have unruly relatives, enlist your minister or other officiant to help you maintain peace within the family using a neutral party.

Plan your wedding budget early, and take advantage of discounts by catching venues and caterers at off-peak times.

But the Toolkit has more in it than just advice. It's a complete repository of all the checklists you'll need for your wedding. From the master checklist of everything that needs to be done, to later checklists of things you need to do for photography, the day of the wedding, and the honeymoon, the Workbook you'll find included in the Ultimate Wedding Planning Toolkit will help you through the whole ordeal - and help you turn it into the event of your life.

The Workbook's lists are also included in the form of Excel worksheets, with handy calculations that help you easily keep track of RSVPs, of your music playlist, and of your budget. You can modify them in any way necessary for your wedding.

The earlier in the process you find the Toolkit, the more useful it will be. It covers everything from the day you say "Yes," to the day you say, "I do," and afterward.

You know the feeling you have when you get in the car and know exactly where you're going? The Ultimate Wedding Planning Toolkit gives you the same feeling with your wedding. What better way to start your marriage than with a beautifully-planned ceremony? For more information please visit

About The Author

Lesley-Ann Graham runs -- a valuable wedding planning

resource with bridal guides, articles for the bride and bridesmaid, wedding

etiquette advice for brides, tips for brides, bridal checklists, wedding

planning worksheets, and more! The Bride, Groom, Best Man, Bridesmaids and

Groomsmen can find it all at the site.


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