Organising a wedding is never easy and when you tie the knot in Italy, as I did seven weeks ago, you can throw in a lot of complicating factors. Such as 80 international guests, wedding planners who barely speak English and, of course, the Italian way of life, in which a week passes before they even think about replying to an email.
It can get a little stressful, to say the least, but it really is the best day of your life.
There is something special about professing your love to one another in front of your closest family and friends, and while I'm not hoping to find another husband, I would do it all again tomorrow if I could.
Of course, there were things that didn't go to plan and the language barrier in Italy was a little testing at times. There was the time when my wedding planner told me it was a tradition to give all the guests confetti, and while I was ready to hand out little white pieces of paper, little did I know that confetti is the Italian word for sugar-coated almonds. After a quick change of plans, we were back on track.
But sometimes I did feel like I was in a scene from Fawlty Towers. For instance, we had booked our rehearsal in the church the evening before the wedding, only to realise the church had been double booked with an actual wedding. So our rehearsal had to be played out in the public piazza dodging tourists and buskers as we practised walking down the ''aisle''.
While I was not so impressed at the time, we all had a laugh and it is these little things that make your experience unique. That's why the biggest thing to remember is don't sweat the small stuff.
My favourite part of the whole experience was shopping for the dress. I travelled to New York with my parents and literally dragged them around to every bridal shop to find ''the'' dress. As you can see by the photo of my dad, he was really excited by the whole experience.
The biggest trouble I had was trying to find the right style. I didn't know what style I wanted but I knew I didn't want the typical strapless princess dress. I wanted something slinky and elegant, but it's almost as though that style doesn't exist - there's just a sea of strapless gowns decorated in various ways.
Not that I don't like strapless wedding gowns - if you have a body like JLo, they look amazing - but in my opinion, it's the hardest style to fit. Basically, you need to be super toned (because the back bulge is not a good look), yet have big boobs to fill the dress and long legs so the exaggerated skirt doesn't make you look stumpy.
So for ''skinny-no-boobs me'', the princess-style dresses just made me look like an eight-year-old girl playing dress-ups. Those toilet-dolly style dresses wore me, I didn't wear them.
But for some reason, it was impossibly difficult to explain to shop assistants that I wanted to step outside the box.
I even had an evil shop assistant from Saks Fifth Avenue try to steer me away from the dress I wanted (and ended up buying) to an OTT princess-style dress by explaining: ''The dress you like is fine if you don't mind half the wedding party wearing practically the same dress as you, just in a different colour.''
And when I dared to say I was thinking of wearing only a half veil, she simply looked at me and said: ''What's the point of having a veil at all?''
When it comes to wedding-dress shop assistance, ''understated'' is not a word that comes naturally.
But from a fashion point of view, wedding-dress shopping really is an experience. Vera Wang was the ultimate in haute couture; everything from having your own personal assistant taking you through the shop to look at the most beautiful and delicate fabrics and details, to being measured up for your custom-fitted gown, you really do feel like a princess for a day.
But remember to get on to the dress early because it can take up to six months to be made and wedding-dress shops are not like usual shops; appointments must be made well in advance.
Everyone always tells you ''don't sweat the small stuff'' and that really is the best advice you can get, but the best way of achieving this is to be super organised.
From my experience of getting married in Italy, reference images are central to getting the right look and feel for your wedding.
I sent images of everything from bouquets, table settings, chairs, hair and make-up. Mood boards become your best friend and once everyone is on the same page, it's a lot easier to make your dream wedding come true.