Oftentimes the best wedding advice comes from someone who has been there, done that. We picked the brains of five recent Columbus brides, who dished on dress shopping, day-of tips and more.

Oftentimes the best wedding advice comes from someone who has been there, done that. We picked the brains of five recent Columbus brides, who dished on dress shopping, day-of tips and more.

Andrea Fischer

Andrea and Justin were married on November 1, 2014, at First Congregational Church.

Best advice you received?

Don't forget to thank your wedding party, and I mean personally thank them. All of the time, planning, money, traveling for bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, really adds up. Don't be a Bridezilla. Giving your bridesmaids a list of three approved nail polish colors is crazy. I promise, no one will ever notice that the bridesmaids' nails were all the same shade of light pink. Focus on what really matters … celebrating your life as a married couple with your future husband and family and friends.

Any dress-shopping tips?

I had no idea what style of dress I wanted, so the first time I went dress shopping, I went by myself. This helped me narrow down the shape of the dress I liked and made shopping with my family much easier.

How did you relax and remain stress-free on the big day?

I trusted my coordinator and vendors to work their magic. I felt confident in my organizational and communication skills before the wedding and trusted that they would do their part on the big day. I hired them for a reason and it was their turn to make it happen.

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

[I'm] happy I spent money on the dress and our photographer. Aside from memories that you have from the day, pictures and videos are the only thing that you will take with you. Those fancy Chiavari chairs you spent $2,000 on are gone the next morning and are nothing but a distant memory. Your photographer becomes part of your bridal party for the day, so make sure that you pick someone that meshes well with you, will have fun and keep you and the group in line and on time.

Sarah Penikas

Sarah and Jim wed on May 16, 2015, at Via Vecchia.

Best advice you received?

Figure out what is important to you and focus on those items. Don't worry about the rest ... no one will notice all the details except you.

Would you have done anything differently?

Let people help more when they asked. It's so easy to try to do everything yourself because you have a certain look in mind and want everything to be just right, but it would have definitely made us less busy at the end to have some more help.

Any dress-shopping tips?

Bring at least one person that you know will be completely honest with you. I knew I could count on my sister Michelle to tell me exactly what she thought about each one.

How did you relax and remain stress-free on the big day?

Having my two sisters and closest friends by my side. At the beginning of the day, my sisters woke me up with a dance party which started the day off right and set the tone for everything else.

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

We are so happy that we spent money on a day-of coordinator. She set everything for us and took care of all the small details that were important to us ... all while making sure we relaxed and always had a drink in hand. We tried to be really thoughtful about what we spent money on, so there's really nothing that I feel that we should have done without.

Amber Pierson

Amber and Danny were married on March 14, 2015, at Linworth United Methodist Church.

Best advice you received?

Just relax! A wedding only happens once and comes and goes so quickly. Take the time to soak it up and enjoy the entire process.

Any dress-shopping tips?

The more dresses you try on can sometimes become too overwhelming. Have an open mind. You may think you know just what you want but you won't really know until you put it on. You may end up getting a dress completely opposite of what you thought you wanted.

How did you relax and remain stress-free on the big day?

I was willing to let the little things go. I told myself that there was so much time and preparation that went into this day it wasn't worth stressing over the small things and let themruin the day. Having a schedule planned out in advance and given to the family and bridal party helped too.

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

We are so happy we spent the extra money on videography. It was worth every penny. Also, [we're] glad we got a photo booth. The funny pictures will be memories that will last us a lifetime. We were very particular on what we spent money on for our big day. I think the only thing that comes to mind we could have done without, if we had to, was our candy bar. Although, the guests loved it.

Megan Laughlin

Megan and Craig were married on January 17, 2015, at Graystone Wine Cellar.

Best advice you received?

Do what you want! I give this advice to everyone wedding planning now. At the end of the day it is your wedding, so don't let other people convince you to do something you are uncomfortable with or skimp in areas you don't want to. We had a small, intimate wedding with 60 guests. We spent a lot of our money per guest instead of inviting a bunch of people we never talk to.

Would you have done anything differently?

Not differently, but it's interesting how your friends change even in a year. People we were not close to when we sent out save-the-dates were people we wished we would have invited. So if you are struggling about making a decision just invite them. You will be so happy they were there on your big day.

Any dress-shopping tips?

Only look at dresses in your price range. There is no point in falling in love with a $10,000 dress when you are budgeted for $1,000. That said, the cliché is true, you will know it when you see it on yourself.

How did you relax and remain stress-free on the big day?

I kept reminding myself that if at the end of the day I was married to my best friend and love of my life then it was a perfect day.

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

I am so happy we spent money on a photographer, live band and nice venue. We chose not to do big centerpieces we would throw away.

Michelle Witte

Michelle and Aaron wed on October 18, 2014, at Pinnacle Golf Club.

Best advice you received?

Take the time to really enjoy the whole process of planning the big day, even when it gets overwhelming, because it'll all be over before you know it and you'll miss it when it's gone. Then remember to relax when the day comes because it's time to admire and appreciate all of the hard work. Take a minute to look around and rememberall the details because it will fly by.

Would you have done anything differently?

I would have worried less about how my guests were going to perceive our wedding and focus on getting to marry my best friend. I got too caught up in the details.

Any dress-shopping tips?

Be open to suggestions from others. I was about to call it a day after four shops and numerous dresses, when the lady at the store pulled out a dress I didn't really care for on the hanger and just said "Give this one a try." It was the last dress I tried on and it was perfect.

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

I am so glad we spent money on our beautiful flowers. I feel like they pulled all the details together and made the wedding so beautiful. I'm also so happy about choosing the venue we did. It was more than we wanted to spend, but I couldn't have pictured a more perfect place to get married. I absolutely loved how our cake turned out, but we definitely could have saved money there and done cupcakes. Also, while it got stressful at times, I was glad to save money by making my own invitations, card box, seating chart and guest book, and to leave the rest to the pros.