Updated: Jul 7
Is there someone in your inner circle who claims to be the "expert" in planning weddings? Are you struggling to deal with this wannabe wedding planner? We have some steps to handle there overly opinionated family members and friends so you can have the wedding you've been dreaming of.
1. Prepare for that one person you know will be overbearing
For example, your mom, just remember she is just as excited as you are about your special day. She may try and get too involved. That goes for your future mother-in-law as well, she will have a hard time letting go. You may have a best friend who just got married and misses planning her wedding, they may lose sight of who that actual groom/bride really is. Scope out who your likely suspects are before you even start planning and give them a task so that they feel involved but they won't be interfering in your plans.
2. Hire an actual wedding planner
If you are dealing with too many opinions, it is important to have at least one person on your side. A wedding planner is a great supporter to invest in because they will execute your vision, and no one else's. When your family members start to weigh in too much you can speak to your wedding planner about ways to distract them or just plain vent to us. No judgment here. We have seen it all! We have also noticed family and friends are less likely to take on the role of Wedding Planner when you hire an actual professional. It's great! Interested in a Wedding Planner check out our services pages for more information.
3. Give them an assignment
It can be frustrating, just remember that all your friends and family want is to be involved. To avoid drama as much as possible I say to always assign them with a task. This will give them a sense of purpose, but will also take one thing off your list to do.
4. Remember to breath
The last thing you want is to let your friends and family create stress to a point that you explode. Many relationships have ended because of wedding planning stress. You don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Instead, take a deep breath and allow yourself to de-stress. Remember you can always use the steps above to handle the situation and everything will be ok. You never want to speak out of anger.
5. Stand up for yourself
Make your feelings known. Make it clear that this is your wedding, and you have a vision in mind that you're not willing to compromise. It is very important to be firm but polite. But at the end of the day, this is your wedding and the final decision will be made by the two of you as a couple.
Just remember your wedding day is one of the most memorable and happiest days of your life. Make sure things go according to your vision. In the end, the journey will be worth it when everything planned occurs on your wedding day.
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