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.

Julie and Manjul Bhusal Sharma’s wedding took place on Aug. 27, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in German Village.

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

Julie: We would have reached out to younger guests about proper attire, because some dresses people wore to the wedding were too casual.

What are you happy you spent money on?

J: The venue, the photographer and the day-after brunch.

Q4: What do you think you could have done without?

J: Nothing that I can think of!

What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?

J: The cake! It was so stunning.

M: How much my wife did things on her own.

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

J: It sprinkled briefly when we were supposed to have photos outdoors. We ended up taking them all at the altar during that time instead.

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

J: How stressful planning would be.

M: How quickly it would go by.

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

J: Make sure to be very clear about the sequence of events on the big day.

M: It's gonna be alright.