Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.

Elizabeth and Robert Keller’s wedding took place on Aug. 8, 2017, at the Venue at Dock580.

If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?    

I would have purchased our centerpiece pieces as soon as I knew what we wanted. They sold out quickly, and we ended up paying more to hunt down what we wanted.

What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?               

We have several friends that got married in the few years before us, and had great advice around every turn.

Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?

Not really. This is where our friends’ advice and careful planning really paid off.

Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?   

We debated about having a full bar as opposed to just beer and wine. I ended up bending, and we had the full bar. Our guests loved it.

Any dress shopping advice?

Go in with an idea of what you like, but don’t be afraid to take the consultant's advice. I ended up hating all of my dress picks and bought the first one she had me try on. I ended up with something I never would have chosen for myself, but I loved it more than I thought I could love any dress.

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

Stick to your budget! Find little things you can cut corners on, like décor/party favors, and spend your money on things that are going to make the occasion more fun and carefree. Delivery charges can add up, but it makes for a much less hectic wedding day.

Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?

You’re on the same team. Be generous with your time and efforts, and always find something to laugh about together.