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 Ryan Tulino’s wedding took place on Apr. 8, 2017, at Jorgensen Farms.

What are you happy you spent money on?

The photographer.

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

Programs.  We had so many left over!

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

There are so many little details to think of: (specific) flowers, music, timeline of the day. I wish I'd asked more questions from my friends and family, and they could have shared their experiences.

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

Our cake topper fell off the cake and shattered, all during the ceremony. Our parents and maid of honor tried to tell us nothing was wrong, but we knew something had happened. We remained calm and figured if that's the worst thing that happens on our wedding day—which it was—we were pretty lucky.

Any advice on attire?

Andrea: Pick the dress you want. I always dreamed of a mermaid style, and everyone thought that it might not look good on me because I am short, with a short torso. I found the perfect mermaid dress and was able to make my dream a reality. If I would have listened to everyone else's opinion I may not have tried any mermaid dresses on and not found my perfect dress.

Ryan: Find a sales consultant who knows what they're doing. Having someone help who is not engaged [with you] or willing to offer suggestions makes tux shopping much more difficult.

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

Communicate and listen to each other. It’s your day! And when it comes, sit back and relax. Enjoy all that it is. At the end of the day, you will be married! It will do you any good to get upset over minor snafus. Focus on you and your significant other, and enjoy your day and your time together.

Do you have any general marriage advice, as newlyweds?

Communicate effectively. Pick and choose your battles; small problems are not worth going to bed angry. Always support and love each other.