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The Perfect Storm

Think getting married is just about true love and happily ever after? Yes, but…

Illustration by Donovan Foote.

Before uttering their definitive “I do’s,” Dallas brides face a tsunami of potentially thorny situations. To navigate the swirling waters of modern-day etiquette and glide through any social riptides, heed the advice from some savvy locals.

Too Much Information
It’s much better to list the wedding website on your save-the-date than on the invitations. That way it doesn’t come across like you’re directing them to your registries. –Tara Wilson, owner of Tara Wilson Events

Groom Service
Involve your husband’s family no matter the circumstances. –Rhonda Sargent Chambers, former model and owner of RSC Show Productions

Pouting Not Allowed
Everything needs to be about the bride and groom. If a bridesmaid isn’t happy with her hair, lipstick or how her dress fits on the big day, just remember that everyone is focusing on the bride. –Krystal Schlegel, fashion, society and entertaining blogger

Prompt is Pretty
Write thank-you notes in a timely fashion—and not by email! I recently got an email from a bride, and I spent $150 on her china. –Yvonne Crum, philanthropist

Survival of the Fit
Many girls don’t realize that even though they may special-order their gown it will still not fit their body perfectly. The alteration process is where you get that fit and finding a bridal seamstress is key. –Lindsay Nordyke, owner of Patsy’s Bridal

Into the Sunset, Smartly
Wearing a large taffeta dress? Don’t get a sports car with a small cockpit. Bigger is not always better! A six-passenger limousine or even a town car is more elegant than a long stretch limo. –Benny Black, owner of Platinum Motorcars

The New Black
The old rules are gone. Black is elegant and appropriate; even some brides are choosing to wear black. We are even seeing a lot of red for wedding parties. –Paulette Martsolf, owner/designer of Allie-Coosh

Crowd Control
Limit host names on the invitation. Remember your program is where you can include everybody; you can put your whole family tree in the program if you want! –Vicki Petersen, owner of Paper & Chocolate