Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.

James and Trisha Merker’s wedding took place on Aug. 6, 2016, at Heritage Golf Club.

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

I wish it would have been able to go on all night long!

What are you happy you spent money on?

Venue, flowers and photographer

What do you think you could have done without in your wedding?

Less décor

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

How fast the day [would go] by!

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

Take it day by day ... [it’ll be the] best day ever!