Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.
The Press’ wedding took place on May 4, 2019, at Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove.
If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?
Danielle: Stay on schedule better; I felt rushed.
Alex: I think the only thing we wish we had done differently is had the photographer skip a lot of the early morning “getting ready” photos and spend more time during the dancing hours at the reception. Our photographer, like most, charged by the hour, so I wish we would have had them show up later and stay later.
What are you happy you spent money on?
D: Our venue!
A: One of the absolute highlights of our wedding weekend was the brunch that we hosted at my parents’ house the morning after the wedding. Theresa Selegean and Tenacious Spaces exceeded all of our wildest dreams. It was truly the most incredible spread I have ever seen. The most compliments I receive about our wedding are, in fact, about our morning-after brunch.
What do you think you could have done without?
D: Late-night doughnuts. We already had a cookie table and large cake.
A: I would say that we did not need as large (and expensive) of a cake as we ended up getting.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
D: How expensive flowers are.
A: I am not a big planner, so the amount of things that needed to be done, or even that I was supposed to have an opinion, on became a bit overwhelming.
What do you wish you’d known before you started planning?
A: I feel like we were pretty well prepared. We were one of the last of our groups of friends to get married, so we had a lot of people giving us all sorts of wanted and unwanted advice.
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
D: Take your time!
A: I’m sure it sounds generic, but just try not to stress. I feel like my wife and I enjoyed being engaged just as much as we now enjoy being married. Embrace the process and have fun with it. As everything will tell you, it will all be over too quickly.
Do you have any general marriage advice, as a newlywed?
D: Even if you don’t go on a honeymoon right away, take the week after your wedding off!
A: Don't let the passion and excitement fade. By definition, the wedding is just the beginning of an entire lifetime together. Enjoy all of it, even the tough times. For me, the best part about being married, even for a brief amount of time, is growing as a couple. Continue to learn new things about each other and always support one another.