Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.

Slone and Jared Thacker’s wedding took place on Nov. 18, 2017, at Scioto Reserve Country Club.

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

Honestly I have been asked this question before and I have not been able to answer it, other than I would not have changed a single thing. Everything went off without a hitch, and I had and amazing coordinator and emcee to make sure everything ran smoothly.

What are you happy you spent money on?        

The venue. Scioto Reserve included so much in our package that minimal planning had to take place. The venue came with an amazing coordinator who helped make our dream a reality. Also, the DJ was another must—we got so many compliments on our DJ from Sound Impressions, and the dance floor was full the entire night. The photographer was another huge priority; I am so thankful we were able to have such an amazing photographer. The photos we have to look back on our wedding day live on with us forever.

What do you think you could have done without?          

We stuck to the necessities; I don’t really think there was anything I regretted including in our wedding.

What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?

The cost. Everything starts to add up quickly.

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

How much I would miss it once the wedding is over.

Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?

Since it was a late fall wedding, we unfortunately did not have good weather. It was cold, rainy and windy out, so we did not get any outside photos. Luckily our venue was beautiful and our photographer was amazing, so our inside photos turned out perfectly.

Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?   

For the most part, my fiancé had no preference on the planning decisions. The only disagreement I can recall is I wanted our colors to include a light pink color, and he wanted nothing to do with pink. It was such a small thing and since I was getting to choose everything else, it was an easy decision to choose a different color.

Any dress-shopping advice?

Don’t take too many people; too many opinions can be overwhelming. I highly recommend taking your two to five closest relatives.

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

Enjoy it; you will miss it when it’s over. And remember, at the end of the day the only thing that truly matters is you are getting to spend the rest of your life with the person you love most in this world.