Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.
Lakshmi Rangaswamy married Matthew Rooks on July 30, 2017, at Cambridge Country Club.
If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?
To not sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, all of the stress just isn’t worth it. No one will notice one little detail that wasn’t perfect!
What are you happy you spent money on?
A high quality photographer and videographer. We were back and forth on the videography but are so happy to have the special moments captured.
What do you think you could have done without?
We handmade beautiful boxed bombonieres. They were beautiful, but we had so many left over and they were so time-consuming.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
How many decisions we had to make, from the lighting options in the room to the many different ways to fold the napkins. While it was fun to be involved, at times this was overwhelming.
What do you wish you'd known before you started planning?
How quickly time goes by and how, all of a sudden, it’s over. You spend months planning and in a blink of an eye, the day is over.
Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?
A week before my wedding, we found a tear in the sari I was going to wear—I was planning to wear my mom’s wedding sari. I was so sad because I wanted that sentimental dress on our big day, but my mom is amazing and coordinated with family in India to send a beautiful sari, and it ended up being absolutely perfect!
Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?
At the beginning, my fiancé felt left out on all of the decision-making. My mom and I had been thinking about this for years, and we kind of took over. We had a sit-down where he expressed this. I didn’t realize he wanted to be included, so I’m glad we had the talk. I was really glad to have his input.
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
Make a separate email account. This way you can separate wedding from work life, and it’s easier to keep things organized.
Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?
We still have a lot to learn, but the best advice given to us was “always take time to have fun together every day.”