How to keep wedding planning anxiety from stonewalling your excitement

I have been a daughter, an employee, a friend, but the wife role terrified me. My preconceptions of what the wife role entailed crowded my thoughts. I am a huge romantic, and people dream of meeting the love of their life and living happily ever after. But what if it's not the way you envisioned it? Here are the things that helped me most through my engagement to soothe my wedding planning anxiety and realize this WAS meant to be and where I was supposed to be in my life…

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Celebrating the journey: wedding readings for a vow renewal ceremony

It's no small feat to make it to the many milestones of marriage. A lot can happen to change you and your relationship and a vow renewal can cement all of that work into a more unified commitment. But how do you address that in your vow renewal ceremony?

Some wedding readings are totally universal for a wedding or a vow renewal, but some are just a little bit more apt for those who have traversed the trenches of longtime marriage. Here are a few weddings readings we love for a vow renewal ceremony…

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De-stressing wedding planning by changing my wedding party expectations

There are a number of wedding traditions that soon translate into serious expectations for family and the wedding party. Family members and the wedding party are expected to step up and donate time, energy, and most importantly–money, to help the new couple launch their lives together. Here's how I de-stressed my wedding planning by changing my wedding party expectations…

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Is my wedding photographer hiding us from her portfolio?

I was married last year. We were happy with our photographer, and pre-booked an upcoming summer time family shoot with her. Now, six months after the wedding, I've realized that she hasn't posted any of our engagement, bridal or wedding photos to her website or social media.

I have noticed that I'm not nearly as thin or stereotypically pretty as many of her other brides and I can't help but be a little offended. Now I'm wondering if I should find a new photographer for our family photos — one who maybe appreciates our personal style a little more?