Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.
Tiffany and Jonathan White’s wedding took place on Aug. 26, 2017, at St. Leo Church.
If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?
I wish we could have made time to visit our guests and greet them, or have a receiving line after the ceremony. There were so many people to see, and we ended up spending the most time with those who were on the dance floor with us.
What are you happy you spent money on?
I was thrilled with our photographer and videographer! Well worth the cost.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
How much time it takes to plan everything! After our wedding, I felt like I had time for a second job.
What do you wish you'd known before you started planning?
How many small details there were to complete, and how time-consuming it was.
Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?
Yes. The mother of the groom sent the entire groom’s side of the family home directly after the ceremony, so we couldn’t get any photos with them. Our photographers helped us snap a couple during the reception, and we got some good group shots from our photo booth as well.
Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?
Not really. We made a list of priorities and that helped us avoid arguments.
Brides, any dress shopping advice?
Don't search on Pinterest beforehand. Go to a few bridal shops and try things on that are within your budget. It is much better to set an expectation of dresses that you can actually find, and that are within your budget, than to find them online.
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
Plan your honeymoon for directly after your wedding! Better yet, have your future husband plan a honeymoon for directly after the wedding. You will need a break, and going back to work right afterward feels anticlimactic.
Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?
Enjoy it! The honeymoon phase is real, it will feel so wonderful to be married.