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Grooming 101:

Take Ownership of Your Wedding

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• Set aside some time to talk with your fiancé about what you both want for your wedding. Now’s the time to speak up. Make a list of what’s most important to the two of you and then divvy up responsibility for each item.

• Don’t sweat the small stuff. Use your planning list to keep track of what’s really important. Let the other stuff roll off your back. Sure, you’d like to see shrimp cocktail on the menu, but is it worth getting into a shouting match about it with your future mother-in-law?

• Be attentive. This doesn’t mean you have to be fascinated or obsessed with every aspect of your wedding’s plans or match your girlfriend’s enthusiasm for every detail. Just show some interest when information is shared. Ask others who are helping how things are going. Not only does this let them know what a supportive, caring person you are, but it also keeps you in the loop on what to expect on your wedding day.

• Do your homework. Plan ahead for wedding day tasks to avoid any unwanted surprises. Practice that special toast or brush up on your fancy footwork to ensure a smooth performance.

• Be grateful. As stressful as a wedding can be, remember a lot of love, sweat and tears went into planning it. Give your bride a special gift, thank your parents and in-laws during the ceremony, or toast your wedding party at the reception. Do something special to recognize the people in your life for their wonderful role in your wedding.

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