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Kirsten Ott Palladino, editor in chief and co-founder of EquallyWed.com, the world's leading online magazine for gay, lesbian, and allied weddings, shares some of her favorite wedding advice.

1. The best place to start planning your wedding is in your mind. Close your eyes and imagine what the perfect wedding for you looks like: Is it outdoors with rustic touches, fresh air, leaves crunching underfoot, and a slightly cool autumn breeze? Is it an intimate garden ceremony resplendent in blooms and bright light? Once you have a loose vision that you can work from, then you can lead the charge for decisions such as where, when, how and, inevitably, how much.

2. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, don’t listen to anyone who starts a sentence with, “Oh, you simply must have …” There's no rule that you must adhere to (besides having good manners). Tongues may wag, but the antiquated idea of a fairy-tale wedding that shows off your bank account– instead of your love for each other– is outdated and overrated.

3. When it comes to choosing your venue, whether you have one or several in mind, schedule a tour and book quickly. The venue—and its available dates—will determine everything else about your wedding: season, time of day, budget, guest count, what kind of décor is allowed, what caterers and other vendors are permitted, and so much more.


4. Kristen’s favorite trend that she wishes would stick around: more personalization. More and more couples are incorporating family heirlooms into the décor, guest tables, attire, and jewelry. “It’s incredibly special for all involved, and adeptly signifies how much a marriage is the joining of two families, not just two people.”

5. Best tip for choosing a wedding menu: Remember that guests do, in fact, come to weddings for the food. Even if you think: food isn’t important to me. Whether it's a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres or a formal, sit-down dinner, spend on the best food that fits within your budget.

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