Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.
Sarah and Seth Dunn’s wedding took place on Sept. 16, 2017, at Brookside Golf & Country Club.
If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?
Honestly, everyone that was a part of our wedding made it everything we could have ever hoped for. A stop at the county courthouse would have been enough for us, but the people in our lives made our wedding amazing.
What are you happy you spent money on?
The photographer, Kimberly Potterf, went above and beyond. We cannot say enough about her. Additionally our master of ceremonies, Chris [Ortleib] at Premier Entertainment, held our hand the whole way through. He coined our wedding the “Elegant Rager Party” long before we knew what we wanted.
What do you think you could have done without?
We were very conscious about what we were spending money on and did our best to hunt for discounts, so we were pretty happy with what happened. We had too much beer, so that's sad.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
All of the different people that had to work together blew our minds. It would have been nice to have a wedding planner, but Chris from Premier and Callan [Hash] from Brookside handled everything that we could not. The fact that neither of those two are professional wedding planners [but] still helped in that realm was really helpful to us. Really, it is all about the people you choose to surround yourself with.
What do you wish you'd known before you started planning?
We wished we had known how far ahead you really have to start planning. We were under the impression that a year would be enough, but it seems that many venues and other wedding professionals are starting to get booked as early as two years in advance.
Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?
My brother misplaced the bouquet, but it was found not long after. Also, I got a little excited and forgot to wait until our officiant, Kindra Samons, said, “you may kiss the bride.” I guess Seth is just a little too charming.
Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?
Seth decided to give the bridal party Lego Star Wars mini-figures to put in their bouquets/jacket pockets at the last second. Although it was a bit of a disagreement, it ended up being a hit.
Any dress shopping advice?
Have an idea of what you want, but be open to suggestions from the professionals and a change of heart. However, do not let them talk you into something you don't like. It is your day, not theirs!
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
Don't forget the big picture, as it is easy to get caught up in all of the periphery.
Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?
Take risks, even if they are scary sometimes. You’re together because you make each other better and because you challenge each other to be their best self. Also, the occasional surprise Chipotle garners brownie points. It's still early; we will get back to you on the rest.