We asked five stylish academic brides to share their top wedding advice on everything from planning the wedding to the day itself.

Here is what they had to say:

Bride #1: Michelle Barboza

“My top wedding advice to future brides is to be true to your style so you can spend your money on things you will use again!

For example, we made the color theme for the wedding match the color themes of our home (mustard, green, teal) so after the wedding, everything fit perfectly into our home!”

Bride #2 Sophie Powell

“Definitely to never forget about why you’re really going through all the stress: because you want to spend the rest of your life with the person you love.

Everything else is just nice to have!

I was so worried about so many things but on the day you just get completely swept up in the romance and celebration and nothing else will matter anyway!”

Bride #3 The Irate Pirate

“My top wedding advice is to do it your way.

We are anything but traditional and today, the day after our wedding, it is the best feeling to be complimented on how we did things and how much people enjoyed themselves.

There are no rules.

Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks or ‘expects’.

We had so much fun we forgot to even take our wedding cake out of the box, let alone cut it.”

Bride #4 Dr Anwar

“Delegate some wedding planning tasks to your partner and trust them to get it done.

The wedding should be about the both of you.

All what you need for a good party is food, drinks, and great company. The rest is not that important.

No one will remember the colour of the napkins after the party, but they will remember having a good time.”

Bride #5 The Doctorette

The most important piece to all of this is remembering to stay grounded.

What I mean by that is this: take away the caterers, florists, dresses, event venues and what do you have?

You have the most important person in your life standing next to you.

That’s what all of this is about.

It’s about your marriage, not your wedding.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress and excitement of planning a wedding and losing sight of why you’re planning it in the first place.

Whenever you find yourself feeling that weight of the planning process, try to find steady ground in what you share with your future spouse.

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