Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.

Each issue of our magazine features an advice column of sorts; it’s a Q&A with the newlyweds whose photos appear in the issue. They share tips and advice based on what they learn while planning their own events. Because we can’t possibly share all the great counsel they share in the pages of the magazine, we started this weekly series to pass their wisdom on to you.

Robert and Karah Cundiff’s wedding took place on July 23, 2016 at the Orchard House B&B in Granville.

What are you happy you spent money on?

I believe the venue was the most well spent. Dean and Jodi at the Orchard House made our wedding weekend more than what we could have imagined.

What do you think you could have done without?

Our wedding was fairly simple; we were already in that mindset of keeping it to the basics.

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

It was hotter than what we predicted on the actual day, and ice was involved. You can pretty much take it from there.

Any dress shopping advice?

 I was just as happy and comfortable in my consignment shop find without having to spend thousands. Just go with what makes sense.

What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?

How quickly it sneaks up!!

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

How much a DJ helps keep the flow of the wedding moving. Also, never underestimate the power of a microphone!

In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?

Please, please hire a DJ! [Robert and Karah utilized the services of a friend who “happens to know how to work technology” in lieu of a professional DJ.]

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

Have fun with it, try to reflect yourselves in the wedding aesthetics. People try so hard to have themed weddings or over-extend themselves to achieve a fairy-tale wedding. When it is all over and done with, it's about celebrating two people making a life together.