When looking for a DJ or a band it is very important to take notice of what music he/she listens to before you sit down to talk business. Make sure they "read" you as a couple and understand the sort of crowd you will be hosting.
THE DRESS The next step was my favorite part, the Wedding Dress! My first word of advice is to go to the most prominent bridal shops and try on several different shaped dresses. This way you will eventually be able to put together the perfect cut, fit, fabric and color for you and for the event you're planning. Once your search is more focused you can try your luck at the million plus bridal shops and boutiques, or do as I did - find a really amazing seamstress. I gave my seamstress a picture of my favorite dress and we chose the fabrics together and voila! Not only did the dress cost a quarter of the price of the designer dress that I liked, but I was also involved in creating the perfect wedding dress for me!
THE PHOTOGRAPHER As students on a very low budget, the best help in planning a wedding is knowing people or having friends who know people. A friend of ours recommended a photography major who had just graduated from art school and who does artistic, as well as event photography. We loved her work and how natural and unstaged her photos were. We decided to book this photographer and, as she had just graduated and had little experience, paid about a tenth of the price the big photographers were asking. What's great about giving someone relatively inexperienced an opportunity is that they are looking to make their big break and come to the event energized and ready to make every moment count. Another friend of ours, an up and coming film director, offered to shoot the video of the wedding. Both the video and stills came out absolutely amazing!
HAIR & MAKEUP For hair and makeup, since I was looking for something very simple I had a regular makeup artist do me up. If you're like me and don't want to look overdone, my suggestion is to watch some makeup tutorials on YouTube that explain how to get the perfect look.
The best advice I can give you brides to be is to keep your cool and take everything in stride. Things are bound to go wrong at some point, so always have a plan B.