One of the great things about hiring professionals to help you with your wedding is that they bring so much more to the table than just their professional skills. Having worked at and attended hundreds of weddings a year, wedding professionals can bring a wealth of information about weddings to your event. What's more, they're usually more than happy to share that info with you, free of charge.

We recently asked some of the wedding pros we know for their top tips, and we'll be sharing these tips with you every week. This week's question:

"What's one of the first things a bride and groom should know?"

Here are some of our favorite answers:

Bob from The Jazz Survivors (Fort Lauderdale) says:

Before you start talking to bands and DJs, survey your friends and family for ideas about the kinds of music you want to have at the wedding.

Alex from ABC band (Chicago) says:

RELAX! Before you make the first phone call, look at the first website, or read the first magazine, relax for a few days. Spend some time talking to each other.

Lisa from Lisa and the E-lusion (Montgomery, Alabama) says:

Make sure you let the band know your special dances at least six weeks in advance, just in case they aren't on the song list. That way they'll have plenty of time to learn them.

Leon Harp, a pianist in Sanford, Florida says:

Make sure to talk to your best man or whomever will be handling financial arrangements BEFORE the wedding. Save yourself embarrassment later on.