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.

Andrea and Michael Carmody’s wedding took place on Oct. 7, 2016, at the Scioto Reserve Country Club.

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

Andrea: No

Michael: [Get a] dog sitter. One less thing to worry about.

What are you happy you invested in?

A: Photographer [Martin Digital Photography] and the venue were the absolute best!

M: All the vendors, including the venue. Anne Marie [Orren, of Scioto Reserve] was great in coordinating the entire event.

What do you think you could have done without?

A: Nothing!

M: Nothing. I don't feel we had excess on any part.

What was your biggest unexpected surprise when planning your wedding?

A: How much there was to do day of was insane! I wish we would have made a better timeline.

M: The amount of work the day of the wedding.

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

A: One of the groomsmen had the wrong color, but it was nice because Men’s Wearhouse drove up to the venue and brought him the right one with no problem!

M:The song we were supposed to come out to didn't play. We danced our way out to a different song.

Any dress shopping advice?

A: Take a small group, and at your first appointment, I recommended having no expectations for finding a dress; just try on every style to see what you're most comfortable in.

What about for the guys’ attire?

M: Buy in advance and use a very reliable company.

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

A: Don't stress planning or the day of; if something goes wrong, no one will know. You should enjoy every minute of the day because it goes by so fast!

M: Have a vision, but be flexible and creative in developing that vision.