Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.
The Gaeths’ wedding took place on Aug. 18, 2018, at the Columbus Museum of Art.
If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?
Samuel: Had some activity to do before the wedding. It was a lot of sitting and waiting.
Liana: Planning a wedding from almost 1,000 miles away was difficult, so I relied on local friends and family to help with the day-to-day. Looking back, I would have invested in a wedding planner/objective third party to have taken the load off of my loved ones. This would have allowed the process to be less contentious and deadline-oriented for me and my mother.
What are you happy you spent money on?
S: The cake was good.
L: We loved our cake by Julia’s Cakes; she was phenomenal to work with, and I still crave her Italian cream cake from time to time.
What do you think you could have done without?
S: Ice cream bar, fancy caterer.
L: I would have tried to have been more proactive at scheduling my hair and makeup vendors. While they were great to work with, they were significantly more expensive than other places I had looked and I wasn't 100 percent happy with the services.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
L: Although I knew it was coming, I was continually blown away by the significant upcharge in all things bridal. It was somewhat disenchanting to realize how much of an “industry” your special day becomes.
Do you have any general advice for currently engaged couples?
L: Try not to take things so seriously. While it is a once-in-a-lifetime day, the little details really do go unnoticed in the chaos of the wedding day. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you're married to the right person.
S: If you pick the right person, the rest of the wedding is just little things. If you pick the wrong person, the rest of the wedding doesn't matter. Pick the right person first.
Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?
S: It’s a partnership. Plan for the long haul and get big life things in order. It’s not all glamour, but if you plan and care for each other, you can make something special.