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A PR Maven’s Top 10 Wedding Tips

Great ideas that make a big difference.


Wedding planning doesn’t have to be tough. Take the edge off with tips from the woman who started the first full-service public relations agency dedicated to the wedding and special event industry, Be Inspired®.

A PR Maven’s Top 10 Wedding Tips

1. Borrow your dress before buying

Yes, I said borrow! Kirstie Kelly allows brides to borrow her gowns and try them on in the privacy of their own home or invite friends and family over for a viewing party! Whichever you choose, you’re not limited to only the selection of the gowns in your nearby bridal salons.

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As a business school graduate from Santa Clara University, Leila Khalil’s career began in publishing, where she worked in marketing and editorial roles for business and lifestyle publications. Since transitioning into the wedding business in 2004, Leila has nearly 10 years of wedding marketing experience under her belt, and is the industry’s go-to for public relations services, brand development and business consulting. Combining her love for weddings and her professional expertise in media and marketing, Leila created Be Inspired® in 2007, the first full-service public relations agency dedicated to the wedding and special event industry. When she’s not working, Leila can be found scouting gelato shops in Italy, dressed in cowboy boots, sipping on a glass of Demetria Pinot Noir or spending time on the beach with her husband, Tony, and golden retriever, Marlo.

Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Gabrielle Williams

    I believe "setting the budget" should be on top of the list. Having this on top of your list will definitely make preparations less stressful.

    And oh… set the budget and be sure to stick to it 🙂

  2. I wish I’d seen this before I got married! I’m going to share this with my colleague who’s getting married in a few months. Hopefully it’s not too late for her to implement some of these ideas. 🙂

  3. Joanne Samonte

    Fantastic tips! Wedding preparations are really stressful! As a matter of fact, the moment a woman get engaged, she’s feeling that stress. She’s overwhelmed with the upcoming “big” event (though it will be in 2-3 years time).

    The moment I got engaged, I had a visualization of a perfect wedding. It was not time constraint because I had over a year to prepare. Budget was not much of an issue, but I really tried to stick to it. I wanted to be the most beautiful and glowing wife 🙂 I was a wedding planner and organizer for a number of years before I got married so I had a clear idea on how things work and what I need to do. But it felt very different preparing my own wedding.

    I would have to agree with tip #3, wedding apps are wonderful help in this big event preparation!

  4. Paula Lowe

    Definitely sharing this with my recently-engaged sister! A lot of times brides want to run everything on their own, but we all know if you try to bite more than you can chew you might just find yourself in deep problems. Planning takes time, effort, and a little bit of stress can be healthy – you just need to make sure you are not too stressed to the point you’re not thinking straight.

  5. #10 is a great idea to ensure that there's at least one moment you can take for yourself to enjoy.

  6. Jen Spillane

    I love #10. The consensus for many brides seems to be that the actual wedding day is a blur. Taking some time before greeting guests is a great way to ground yourself and take it all in. After all of that planning: you're here! It's happening!

  7. I know weddings can be very stressful to plan. But with these tips it can help brides-to-be ho w to effectively plan their time. I really think having a professional planner can help with the stress of planning a lot!!!

  8. Randie Cadiogan

    I know planning weddings are very stressful moments. Hopefully with these tips bride-to-be's can be well informed and plan strategically. Hiring a professional planer can take off a lot of stress!

  9. This article was so cute! I learned so much! Thanks for writing 🙂

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