Wondering how to wade through all the wedding tips you're soon to receive? Read on-recent brides share what they wish they'd done differently, their biggest wedding-planning surprises and more.

Kelly Hupp

Kelly and Nick were married on June 28, 2014, at a private residence.

Would you have done anything differently?

We live in Indianapolis and planned our wedding in Ohio where our families both live. It was so hard to travel every weekend or so to make sure things were on-schedule. We also had to drag a lot of the wedding stuff from Indiana to Ohio. The last two weeks, we ran out of time to get the little things accomplished. I just wish we had been better prepared the last month or so. If we had the money, we would have hired a professional videographer to capture the most special moments of the day. Our family did capture the wedding vows on their phones, but a professional video to watch down the road and on anniversaries would have been awesome.

Any dress-shopping advice?

Make sure it's the dress you absolutely love. Early in the engagement, I made the mistake of (choosing) a dress that was on clearance just because of the price tag. After about a year, I decided it wasn't exactly my dream dress. I went ahead and bought one that I absolutely loved, but I'm still stuck with the clearance-rack dress.

Personalized vows: yay or nay?Absolutely! I wanted each of us to write personalized vows; it's a way to express why you love each other. I could have written a book about my husband, but we had to keep it short and sweet. I kept the vows and plan to frame them and hang them up in our home.

Katie Buck

Katie and Aaron were married on April 25, 2014, at The Westin Columbus.

Would you have done anything differently?

There was absolutely nothing I would have changed about our wedding. We had a long engagement that allowed ample time for planning and preparation.

Any dress-shopping advice?

Don't limit yourself with dress options and styles-you may surprise yourself when you find the dress that suits you. I would recommend exploring what Columbus has to offer at the many unique boutiques in the city. Sharing the experience with close friends and family was fantastic; just have fun with it!

Personalized vows: yay or nay?

Definitely. My husband Aaron and I wrote our own vows, and it made us feel like we were the only two people in the room. It was a very intimate experience-something I will remember very vividly for the rest of my life.

Where are you happy you spent money … and what could you have done without?

I am happy we spent money on our photo booth. It's great to look back at the personalized notes from your guests next to their silly pictures. The photo booth also gives your guests something to do in between mingling and dancing. I'm happy that we did not opt for a wedding planner. Again, we had ample time to plan-two years-so we got everything we wanted out of the experience.

Any big surprises?

It's easy to forget the fine details that take place on your wedding day. Aaron was in charge of the music that would play during the ceremony and reception, but he completely forgot about the stretch of time before the ceremony while friends and family are finding their seats. Luckily, our wedding DJ put together an impromptu list, and it worked out wonderfully. I also didn't realize how much fun we would have planning the wedding. I knew it would be stressful, but it was really fun and we did a great job agreeing on (most) everything!

Michelle Amick

Michelle and Eddie wed on August 16, 2014, at the home of the bride's parents.

Would you have done anything differently?

Being a wedding decorator, I wanted to do a lot myself to make my vision come to life. I am so happy that I did that, but the one thing I would change is to have more help for the wedding-day tasks. I had wonderful family and friends helping all throughout the day, but I felt like they didn't get time to enjoy themselves much because they were busy making sure everything was running smoothly.

Any dress-shopping advice?

I did lots of research and decided on the look I wanted for my dress based on my wedding theme (vintage hippie). I found a website and was able to save so much money. I wanted that classic sweetheart dress with a longer train, but I also wanted a more simple dress to change into to channel my inner hippie. I found both for $400.

Personalized vows: yay or nay?

Personalized vows are a total must! My husband and I have so much love to share, and we wanted to not only share it with each other but also with our guests. We had so many people come up to us after the wedding and thank us for sharing our love with them. The ceremony goes by so quickly; when you personalize parts of it, it gives you a moment to really take it all in.

Where are you happy you spent money … and what could you have done without?

We splurged on more than 20 old church pews that were 14 feet long. They were set out in front of a small church chapel our family built-it was a perfect setting. Even though it was a lot of work and an expensive part of our wedding, I can't imagine not having them.

Any big surprises?

Our biggest surprise was the weather. I woke up to beautiful blue skies and spent the morning setting everything up for our big day. I went inside around 2 p.m. to get ready for our 5:30 wedding and, around 4:30, it started to sprinkle. By 5, it was full-on raining. Luckily, I have an amazing family and friends who quickly covered everything.

Lexie Gantzer

Lexie and Josh wed on August 8, 2014, at The Ivory Room.

Would you have done anything differently?

I wish I would have done a nighttime get together instead of a brunch the day after the wedding. Josh and I were rushed to return a moving van and pick up one of our dogs from the vet, and our guests had to be out of their hotel rooms by 11 a.m., so we didn't have much time to relax and catch up on the previous night's antics! It was also quite expensive. I also would have broken in my shoes better!

Any dress-shopping advice?

Make sure you feel comfortable in the dress and pick the one that makes you smile as soon as you put it on!

Where are you happy you spent money … and what could you have done without?

I am happy we spent money on the food and the photographer. The one thing I wish we would not have spent money on was the brunch.

Any big surprises?

We had originally planned on hosting a brunch the day after the wedding in a hospitality suite at the hotel. A week before the wedding, the hotel said that we could not bring in our own food and that the suite was too small for our headcount, so we had the brunch in the hotel's restaurant (which cost us a lot of extra money). As you can tell, we really didn't like the brunch!