Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.

Welcome to this new feature on the blog! We feature an advice column of sorts in each issue; it’s a Q&A with the newlyweds whose photos appear in the magazine, where they share the tips and advice they picked up while planning their own weddings. Now it’ll also appear here on Thursdays.

Ashley and Keith Coleman’s wedding took place on Sept. 24, 2016, at the Boat House at Confluence Park.

What are you happy you spent money on at your wedding?

The reception. We really loved being able to bring our family and friends together and enjoy each other, great food, drinks and music. We also had a caricature [artist] there, and we think the guests really enjoyed that.

What do you think you could have done without?

We purchased too many petals for the wedding. I think we only used one box of them and had two left over.

What do you wish you'd known before you started planning?

To follow up with vendors more.

Did you experience any wedding-day snafus, and how did you handle them?

Yes, the bridal party was running behind. Luckily, the photographer [Together We Click] was there to help push us along and get us back on schedule.

Ashley, any dress shopping advice?

Make sure you go with your instincts and pick the dress you love and feel comfortable in. It's easy to let the people you take shopping influence your choice, but end the in it should be what you want. Do it early. Don't wait until the last minute.

Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?

Make a budget for each thing you plan on having at your wedding, don't wait until the last minute to get things completed on your list, and of course have fun!