Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.

Sara and Stephen Novak’s wedding took place on June 15, 2019, at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center.

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

Most planning was fairly smooth for us—we were lucky!—but if there were anything, it would probably be asking for more help from my bridal party when planning and putting things together.

What are you happy you spent money on?        

Our venue! So much was included—coordinator, catering, set up and tear down, hotel, etc. If nothing else, get a day-of coordinator!

What do you think you could have done without?          

Favors—we did playing cards. They were fun and many people enjoyed the uniqueness of them, but if there were anything to cut, that would be it.

What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?

There are tons of details to put together. Many can’t be handled until the month of the wedding.

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

The little stuff is nice, but it’s not worth sweating over because most people won’t notice anyway.

Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?

We had to move our ceremony inside due to weather, but we had picked the venue because we also liked the indoor option, so it was alright.

Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?   

Nothing too much. He’s more of a minimalist than I am, so he felt some things were unnecessary, but ultimately he didn’t mind having them.

Any dress-shopping advice?

Try on styles you never thought you’d wear. I didn’t think a fitted dress would look good on my figure, but that’s what I ended up getting because it showed off my small waist that I didn’t know I had.

Also, don’t be afraid to not pick a dress your first time out. Definitely don’t go to more than two appointments in a day—they’re more taxing than you’d expect.

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

Enjoy the process. This season only happens once, and it’s over as quickly as it starts.