The 7 Emotional Stages of Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding involves a host of emotions. I’m about three months out from our October wedding, and I’m starting to get a better sense of the planning process arc and full range of feelings that can be involved. I’ve spoken to a lot of other brides and brides-to-be on the topic, because in all honesty, there were times during the process where I wanted to crawl into bed and not come out for a few days—and I needed to make sure I wasn’t the only one. Is it normal to snap at your mom when she says she wants to invite her golf pro? Am I the only one who felt overly stressed about the color of the RSVP card envelopes? Is being indifferent on the glassware for the cocktail hour a bad sign? Turns out, everyone I talked to could relate to my various emotional stages of wedding planning and even filled me in on those yet to come. If you’re newly engaged, knee-deep in the planning process, or just remember what it was like, the below emotional stages will surely strike a chord.

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