Bridal Guide magazine has compiled an online list of wedding preparation tips from a panel of real and relatable wedding experts: 25 couples who’ve recently said “I do.” The advice runs the gamut from a recommendation that you hire a day-of coordinator to an admonishment to remember to eat something to keep your energy up.

Here are the first three entries in the slideshow, which features actual wedding photos of the commenting couples.

1. Take Your Time

“Matt and I planned our wedding for sixteen months, and it really helped to keep stress levels down. We got tons of stuff done early and had time to save for the things we really wanted. You only get to plan your wedding once, so make sure it is a fun time, not a stressful one!” — Claire and Matt

2. Be Present In Each Moment

“On your wedding day, soak up all the love, joy and bliss! Enjoy!” — Rachelle and Pete

3. Do A First Look

“It was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning. Our photographer and videographer collaborated and found a secluded area, away from all the madness that was going on that morning; we got a moment to see each other for the first time. It allowed us to take a deep breath, let the moment sink in, feel all the emotion we were about to feel all day. No matter what you decide, the important thing is choosing what’s right for you as a couple.” — Leah and Kevin

To see the full offering of helpful hints in this awesome slideshow, click HERE.

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