Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.
Alexandria and Charles Pritchard’s wedding took place on Sept. 2, 2017, at Hilton Columbus at Easton.
If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?
Alexandria: I wish I could have had another means of transportation to get all of my wedding party and family here from Houston to Columbus for our wedding.
Charles: Wish we could gotten more family from Houston, Texas, but due to Hurricane [Harvey], some could not make it.
What are you happy you spent money on?
A: The venue that we picked and having a dinner versus a buffet. We also liked having a very professional, high-quality photographer.
What do you think you could have done without?
C: People left their wedding favors on tables.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
A: How much dedication and hard work it took.
C: How much detail there was in planning.
What do you wish you'd known before you started planning?
A: I wish I would have known how to prioritize different stages of planning the wedding.
Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?
A: When we were stranded in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and the wedding was days away. We managed to get out of my parents’ neighborhood and was able to drive to San Antonio to catch a flight there, since all of the airports were closed in Houston.
Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?
A: We didn't get into any arguments because he let me handle all of the planning.
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
A: Do not get advice from too many people, because you will find yourself still undecided.
Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?
A: Enjoy your spouse and live life to the fullest with them, because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
C: Love your wife to the fullest each and every day.