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For some, wedding-night sex is a no-brainer — and a steamy one at that. While for others, it takes planning, coordination (and a limit on cocktail consumption) to ensure a post-nuptials romp. But no matter which category you might fall into, there are certain wedding-night mishaps and obstacles that can definitely kill the mood. So take note from these brides and grooms — they’re sharing their own personal wedding night stories and tips to help your first night as man and wife be hot as ever.
Pick your petals carefully
“We retired to our Chamber of Love to find that my maid of honor had thoughtfully scattered peonies on the bed. I had an allergy attack, sneezing and gasping all over the place. My husband spent 15 minutes ridding the room of flowers. We still had sex, but I sneezed the entire time!” — Diane, Maplewood, N.J.
Deal with your dress
“My husband couldn’t figure out my corset. Finally he got frustrated and just ripped it off. Hot, right? But by then we were so tired, we just went through the motions and fell asleep.” — Aimee, Charlotte, N.C.
Have a food plan
“We had decided to wait until our wedding night to have sex. But since we didn’t eat much at the wedding, we were starving by the time we got to the hotel! We had to find snacks before we could do anything else.” — Susan, Denver
Don’t let anything get in your way
“We threw a small reception at our apartment, so we had to clean up after. I remember thinking, ‘I am so not getting laid.’ Surprise: My wife was not only up for it but really passionate. I’ll always remember that night.” — Doug, Chicago
Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!