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.
Erin and Scott Fredrickson’s wedding took place on Oct. 8, 2016, at Jorgensen Farms.
What are you happy you spent the extra money on?
Erin: A videographer. We initially had decided that we weren't going to get one. We eventually changed our mind and both agree it was the best decision. You don't think that the bride is the last one into the ceremony and the first one out, so she doesn't see anything before and after. And your nerves are so crazy, it's easy to feel like you weren't even at the ceremony. Plus, it's so fun going back and watching the toasts and the dancing again.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
E: Honestly, probably how many little decisions you have to make. Every single thing that happens, you have to decide. From what song is played when guests arrive to what type of bow is tied somewhere or what type of font you want on return envelopes. I knew there would be a lot of decisions, but never would've imagined the type of questions you have to answer.
Brides: Any dress shopping advice?
E: Take more than one friend, but not too many. You want a good mix of honest opinions, but not so many that you're overwhelmed. And definitely don't forget to ask the mothers of the bride and the groom to come.
Grooms: Any tux/suit shopping advice?
Scott: Opt for a shop that has more than one location, especially if any of your groomsmen are out of town. And don't wait to try it on!
What do you wish you'd known before you started planning your wedding?
S: How many arts and crafts are involved.
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
E: Do as much as you can, as soon as you can. Don't wait until the last minute to do things that could've been done months ago. You'll need the last minute for unexpected things that pop up.