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  1. Choose your color palette and play it out
    • The elegant bride: A black-and-white palette is oh, so Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and even Nicole Kidman. If this sounds like you, go for it. You might even let your bridesmaids choose their own LBD (little black dress).
    • Fun and festive: If you picture a fun, lively, casual affair, consider hot pinks, vibrant oranges and elegant greens, and use them everywhere! Start with your invitation and carry it through to your gifts, your bridesmaid dresses and even your flowers.
    • Pure love: If white and ivory best tell the story of your love, use them everywhere - not just for the dress and the cake. Let your bridesmaids wear white, choose textured white tablecloths and decorate with white and cream flowers.
  2. Pick your theme
    • Romance: Something old something new: If you're all about the romance, carry it throughout the ceremony. And don't forget about "something borrowed and something blue". Keep these beautiful traditions alive.
    • Modern: Are you a free spirit? An independent thinker? A woman who can do it all? Express yourself with some of our favorite modern bride selections. And personalize everything, from your vows to your dress to your invitations.
    • Classic: What's old is new. Do you love old movies, candlelight dinners and walks on the beach? Maybe you're a classic bride. Take dance lessons with your fiancĂ©, choose a "big band" and have your guest thoroughly entertained.
  3. Consider a destination wedding
    • Beach: Are you all things sand and sea? Pack up your friends and family and head to the beach. Keep your details casual, coastal in shades of blue and seafoam green.
    • Garden/Country: Love is in full bloom. Whether celebrating at a vineyard, a farm or your favorite botanical gardens, bring your friends and family closer to nature for your most important day. Choose invitations and accessories that celebrate the outdoors, and be sure to include elements of nature in your flowers and decorations.
  4. Show your thanks!
    • Bridesmaids' gifts: Your best friends have been there for you all of your life. They talked you out of the "wrong men" and are now celebrating your "Mr. Right!" Treat them right with the perfect thank you gift.
    • Groomsmen gifts: What would you do without your friends? You've been knocking around together for years-golfing, watching football, helping each other through tough times. Say thanks with a gift they'll use and remember you for.
    • Gifts for Dad: He helped you with your homework. He taught you to ride a bike. Now, he'll walk you down the aisle. Show Dad your thanks with an heirloom pocket watch or one of many keepsakes at
    • Gifts for Mom: She bought you your first prom dress. She encouraged you to be your own woman. Give her a gift she'll treasure - the Venise Lace Handkerchief or Mother's Keepsake Box.
    • Gifts for flower girl: This is a day she'll remember forever! Give her a "big girl" thanks with a keepsake gift.
    • Gifts for ring bearer: He's taking on a big role. Give him a big thanks for standing up there with you - and for wearing a tie!
  5. Remember the details!
  6. Don't forget the honeymoon
    • Relax. Unwind. Whether you're enjoying a day on the beach, picnicking by a lake or meandering along a mountain trail, enjoy the peace and tranquility of being together.
  7. Keep the memory alive
    • Create a whimsical photo opportunity - and frame the shots perfectly.
    • Indulge in a guest book frame and remember who surrounded you with love.
  8. Enjoy a private moment
    • Make sure you keep a little private time with your spouse. Linger in the limo over champagne in your keepsake glasses, and meet for stolen kisses throughout the reception.
  9. Say thank you
    • So many people were there for you. While we love our e-mails, everyone appreciates a hand-written thank you note.
  10. Celebrate your one year anniversary!
    • Choose some fun invitations, get out that top layer of the wedding cake, and have your wedding party over to celebrate your continued love!