Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.

Sarah and Andrew Schreiber’s wedding took place on June 23, 2018, at the Columbus Museum of Art.

If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?    

My father-in-law supplied a double magnum of wine the vintage of my husband’s birth year. Those in the wedding party and immediate family members had glasses of the wine with dinner. I wish we would have told the story of the wine, as it was a very special part of our celebration.

What are you happy you spent money on?        

Flowers were very important to me, and I think Rose Bredl did an amazing job with the bouquets and flower wall. I loved planning with the team, and the end product was even better than I imagined. Our photographer, Nicole Dixon, did an outstanding job capturing images from the day. Most importantly, I feel the pictures show our personalities. Finally, The Floorwalkers were incredible and kept people on the dance floor, which is what we wanted!

What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?               

I thought I was really ahead of the curve with planning, and then the last three months came around and I realized wedding planning was a ton of work! Between everyday life, work and planning a wedding, the list of items that needed to be addressed rapidly accumulated. Everything worked out, but there were a couple late nights.

What do you wish you’d known before you started planning?  

I thought I would be a superstar and handle all the planning myself (and of course with the help of family and friends). In hindsight, a wedding planner or even a day-of coordinator would have been extremely helpful. No serious snafus or issues, thank goodness, but I had to pay extremely close attention to details to prevent any last-second scrambles.

Any dress shopping advice?

Have an open mind! I looked at one designer before I tried on dresses. The dress I wanted was a very classic, simple dress. There was a Liancarlo trunk show the day of my appointment at La Jeune Mariee, and the creative director with Liancarlo handed me a dress to try on. In my mind, I was being polite to try it on; really, I didn’t think it was my style. That dress ended up being the dress I wore for my wedding. I absolutely love that dress. It was also special because the lace was made in Italy, where we got engaged, so I felt it was meant to be! I had one appointment and picked my dress out in an hour and 15 minutes.

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

Make your wedding special for you and your partner, and trust your vendor partners. If you pick great vendors, allow them to work their magic, bring ideas to the table and execute flawlessly. At the end of the day, a wedding is a celebration of two people, and I firmly believe if you keep that in mind throughout the planning process, the stress will diminish.

Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?

Always remember your spouse is your best friend. Marriage is a partnership, and supporting one another’s growth and success is so important.