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.

Halligan and Matt Lasky’s wedding took place on Sept. 10, 2016, at Irongate Equestrian Center.

In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently in your wedding, and why?

Halligan: If I had to change something, I would make the reception longer. We didn't want the night to end!

Matt: One of the only challenges was that we left early the next morning for the airport to head out on our honeymoon given the flight schedules because we chose a remote location.

What are you happy you spent money on?

H: We prioritized photographer, venue and catering as our big-ticket items. The venue really impacts photos and photos are main thing you have to remember the day by, so we wanted to make sure we loved our photographer; Nicole [Dixon] was amazing!

M: The photography really helped to capture the great moments and was, without a doubt, worth it. The excellent food and atmosphere helped create a great evening.

What do you think you could have done without?

H: I would do everything again.

M: Given our priorities, I don't think we had any real frivolous expenses and kept it more bare-boned than some of the other [weddings] we had been to.

What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?

M: How quickly the time went by.

Did you experience any wedding-day snafus, and how did you handle them?

M: Originally we were planning the first outdoor wedding at Irongate, but there were strong forecasted storms so we moved it inside. Right about the beginning of our ceremony, there was a huge downpour.

H: Not too many— other than the weather. … The Irongate team were amazing and set everything up perfectly.

Brides: Any dress shopping advice?

H:. Keep your group small and try not to look that much before you get to the store. Dresses look so different in person and on than they do in magazines or photos.

Grooms: What about the menswear?

M: We got out suits custom-made for the wedding. I think this was highly practical, as the groomsmen all wear the suits still to this day.

What do you wish you'd known before you started planning your wedding?

H: I don't have much—I'm a bit of a prepper and anything I was unsure on I had Laurie Worly [the event coordinator at Irongate] to help.

M: That everyone was going to have an opinion, and you were never going to please everyone.

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

H: Don't procrastinate! It goes quickly, so the more prepared you are the smoother it will go.

M: Prioritize what's the most important to you and focus on those areas first. It should help [with] keeping the day in perspective and not getting too hung up on details you may not remember.