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.
Courtney Phillips wed Quentin Phillips' wedding took place on Aug. 13, 2016, at a family farm in Mount Sterling.
In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently in your wedding, and why?
Looking back, I wish I would have had a little more time to prepare! I am a big eco-friendly / zero waste person, and with only three to four months of planning, it was hard to keep that as a priority on a semi-time crunch. For example, a big regret is that we didn't have recycling. It was in my mind to have it the whole time, but I simple didn't have enough time to plan that out. Other than that, the wedding was so much fun and felt really authentic.
What are you happy you spent money on?
My husband and I both feel like our money was well spent on our vendors—all of them. We feel like we had the best vendors and are SO happy we didn't cut corners. We have no regrets about spending money on the vendors.
Our food was seriously amazing. Stevens catering has THE best food in Columbus, for real. They actually handmade the croutons and the dressing for the salad. How amazing, right?!
Then our photographers, Brett Loves Elle Photography, went above and beyond our wildest expectation. THEY BROUGHT A DRONE! They also all had headsets on, which made the day flow SO much easier. We love them.
Then the flowers were so beautiful! Evergreen Flower Co. was amazing. I was able to wear REAL flowers in my hair and get married under the most beautiful arbor with a garland of real flowers that tied into all of our bouquets. She is a miracle worker with flowers.
What do you think you could have done without?
I made my husband lay bricks out to put candles on to light the path to the bathroom; what a trooper! No one really used the path ... oops!
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
Having to rent another tent two days before the wedding! There goes another unexpected $1,000. My advice to people who are having outdoor weddings: stake out the tent [area] way in advance and measure if things can all fit under there (including tables for vendors and walking space).
Did you experience any wedding-day snafus, and how did you handle them?
Rain! I told everyone to not talk to me about the weather, because I couldn't handle it anymore. Once everyone stopped, my stress level went way down. Thankfully, the rain stopped for literally 30 minutes at the time of the ceremony. The sun came out and everything. Once we were all under the tent afterward, it started raining again.
Any dress shopping advice?
I wanted to feel beautiful and find a dress that fit my personality. But also, being comfortable after eating and having the mobility to dance was just as important. My advice would be to find out what's most important to you in a dress and go from there. Also, don't let other people pick the dress for you while at consultations. Get what YOU like and what makes YOU feel beautiful. After all, it is your day!
What do you wish you'd known before you started planning your wedding?
It's okay to ask for and accept help. :)
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
Make to-do lists so it's not floating around in your head stressing you out, then cross it off when done. It made me feel better. And ask for help! People want to help, but don't know what to do without direction.