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.

Ali married  Kevin Schill on May 27, 2017, at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

What are you happy you spent money on?

The Conspiracy Band! We never had to worry about whether people would dance or have fun knowing they were there to entertain. Also late-night Tommy's Pizza.

What do you think you could have done without?

We had iced lavender cookies as favors but didn't plan a great place to put them, so I think a lot of people missed them. They were delicious though, so plenty left over for us!

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

How many little decisions there were to make and think through, even after all the big ones like venue, dress, band, etc.

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

Luckily not that I can think of, or at least that I was aware of! Everything flies by in a blur, so it is very possible there will be snafus that you don't even realize or worry about.

Any dress shopping advice?

Just have fun and trust your gut. I knew I didn't want a train or veil and had to affirm that a couple times, but was happy I did in the long run.

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

Sit down and talk out as much of your vision as possible, going through how you both want each part of the day to go. You might be surprised about the things each of you care more about, either good or bad! It's just nice to be on the same page before you hit the planning ground running.