5 - Jot things down. Keep a “Planning Notebook” with you at all times so wherever you are you can write down ideas and information. A light-weight notebook that can easily fit in your bag is a lot easier to carry around than a heavy wedding organizer.
6 – Respect your bridesmaids. Your ‘maids are not your private army of wedding elves. They are there to help you – make favors, stuff envelopes. Don't take advantage of their friendship. You wouldn't like them to do the same to you when you're their bridesmaid.
7 – Set a budget. Determine what your budget is early on and then add 10% to it in case you go over -- most of you will go over your budget. Decide where you want to spend your money early on – the dress, the food, the music, the photos – but if you go over in one area you can always take from another area to keep your budget balanced.
8 – Take the day off. I'm talking about your wedding day. Let other people handle all the “emergencies” that come up. Either hire a day-of wedding planner or assign specific tasks to your bridesmaids. But do NOT ask your mom to do anything but enjoy the day.