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.

Jenna married Alex Liao on Aug. 27, 2016, at Worthington Hills Country Club.

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

No; the day was perfect!

What are you happy you spent money on?

We spent a little more on our photographer than we had initially budgeted, but they were recommended by friends and we loved their work.

What do you think you could have done without in your wedding?

A large cake. To save a little money, we opted for a smaller cake [to display] and a “kitchen cake” [to serve to guests], but we had a ton of cake leftover since we also had a large cookie table.

What was your biggest unexpected surprise when planning your wedding?

I think the biggest surprise was how many little tiny details need to be sorted out in the few weeks leading up to the wedding. We did a lot of planning ahead of time, but the to-do list seemed to never end.

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

Yes! We had planned to have our ceremony outside and the day had been perfectly sunny up until about an hour before our wedding, when a huge storm was [due] to hit at exactly the same time as our ceremony. We moved everything inside and, while it wasn't what we had originally planned on, it worked out really well! The venue was able to make the quick switch and our guests were happy that they didn't have to sit in 90+ degree August heat.

Any dress shopping advice?

My advice on finding a dress to remember to get what YOU want and not what your family or friends want. It’s your wedding day, not theirs!

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

While I had been warned beforehand, wedding planning is a lot of work! I don't think I ever realized just how much went into planning a wedding.

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

Have fun with it! You only do this once (hopefully), so try not to stress too much about all of the little details or if something goes wrong. Enjoy the planning process with your fiancé.