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Decide up-front, from the *very* beginning, who is going to pay for what. Make a huge master list of everything you'll need to buy/rent and mark off which things you're paying for, what your parents are paying for, what the groom's family is buying, etc. There will also be things that pop up unexpectedly---decide *now* who is willing to pay for extras. It's not always a fun task, but knowing early on who's paying for what can eliminate uncomfortable scenes and nasty arguments later.