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.
Brooke married Andrew Durant on June 4, 2016, at the Kelton House.
What are you happy you spent money on?
A videographer; we were on the fence and knew people who didn't hire one and wished they had. We are so happy with our video and that we can watch/listen to the sounds of our wedding day. In my opinion, it’s better than pictures.
What do you think you could have done without in your wedding?
We bought wish lanterns to be sent up at the end of the night, but it was raining. That was a bit disappointing, and we ended up throwing most of them away.
Did you experience any wedding-day snafus, and how did you handle them?
It rained. It held off long enough for our outdoor ceremony, so that was great, but we didn't get a lot of pictures that we wanted.
Any advice about shopping for the dress or menswear?
When you go dress shopping, have fun with it! Decide on a budget and make sure that you realize what it will cost for the alterations as well. My alterations were half the cost of my dress, and I was not thinking about that when I bought the dress. Don't go spend more than you can afford; who you're marrying is more important than the dress, and they will love you no matter which dress you wear. Grooms: Make sure everyone can try on their tux when they pick it up. They should pick it up two days before the wedding. If something doesn't fit right, most rental places can fix it before the wedding.
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
Enjoy it all; it goes way too fast. All the details and planning fly by on your wedding day. Have fun making your invitations together, taking your engagement pictures, shopping for registry items. It is only as stressful as you make it. There might be some speed bumps, but nothing you can't handle together.
Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?
Don't change anything just because you're married. Don't change how you treat each other or talk to each other. Still love and respect each other as much as, if not more than, before you were married.