How I handled pressure from family during wedding planning #Friends & Family Advice#family drama Updated Feb 10 2020 (Posted Jan 24 2020) Guest post by Jessica K. Photo by Anne Stephenson Photo from this heavy metal wedding in Utah My dude and I dealt with a lot of pressure from family during our wedding planning process… but maybe not for the reasons you'd expect. We're both the oldest grandchildren – on my side, everyone else who has gotten married has eloped or did a quickie "shotgun" wedding and for dude, he's the first to even bring a person home for the holidays. Related Post Dealing with family expectations "As an offbeat bride I come from an offbeat family, yet I have been amazed at the expectations that have come up from both sides... Read more It's not that we have pressure to stick to tradition or to be more offbeat (…yet), we just have so many people who are SO STOKED to FINALLY be able to do things that they've always wanted and expected to be able to do at a wedding! As wedding planning went on, juggling all of those dearly held expectations and figuring out how to handle pressure from family became more and more a part of our wedding planning process. For example, my dad was hell-bent on walking me down the aisle. I wasn't feeling that too much.. until I remembered that it's a Jewish tradition for both parents to walk the bride down the aisle. This tradition sits better with me… with both parents there, there is no implication of me being "given away." But I've nixed the father/daughter dance, and my father was not happy with that. We danced, just not as an event. And my grandmother would cry if she did not have a corsage – I was not planning on any corsages and but we had to have five of them or else Grandma will cry. How can I argue with that? So instead, I sighed and added more money to the feather lady's bill and it's done so I can do fun things like homework and house cleaning. Truly, you have to pick your battles Here's my specific advice: I tried to remember to pick my battles – I'm not going to fight over something just so I have control over it. I reserved my energy and verbal melee skills for the things that really matter I did my best to work for a solution that makes everyone happy. If I could afford to throw money at something to make it go away, I did. If I couldn't, I'd figure it out. I see so many people picking one extreme like trying to make everyone happy, or the other extreme like refusing to budge one little bit, even over something small. I tried to avoid that because I've never seen an extreme behavior strategy work effectively. We tried to keep the things that we determined were important to us to the forefront, and let the little things that may or may not matter to us or others work themselves out. It was hard but it's all about balance, and thinking about something before responding/emoting about it. No one's perfect. My dad and I totally fought like cats and dogs over the aisle nonsense but it ended up just fine. Truly. What's your best advice for handling family pressure during wedding planning? Jessica K. PREVIOUS How to have an unplugged wedding in 2020 NEXT Dance & color at this Caribbean mature Colombia destination wedding Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] "I see so many people picking one extreme like trying to make everyone happy, or the other extreme like refusing to budge one little bit, even over something small. " Preach! I sometimes wonder if this is a offshoot of "decision fatigue", like you're so tired of making decisions it's either "yes" to everything or "no" to everything. Kudos to keeping it in the middle! Reply Yes, it's toooootally decision fatigue: https://offbeatbride.com/wedding-decision-fatigue/ Reply Best advice to avoid pressure? Be quiet! My hubby to be and I planned everything ourselves and kept our mouths shut. We didn't reveal until things were set. This was made easier because we paid for our own wedding (Which is also good advice..) Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.