You're engaged... and now the floodgate of opinions come crashing down on you. Your mom, future mother-in-law, grandma, great aunt Susan, and cousin Jennifer are constantly giving their input on what *they* think is important. "You can't have a DJ, those are so boring, you HAVE to hire live music", "You're serving WHAT at your wedding? You've got to be kidding me!", "What do you mean you aren't wearing white? Do you have any idea what everyone's going to say?". Let's be honest, these opinions aren't just overwhelming, they are also incredibly annoying. Quickly the wedding planning process becomes stressful but at what price? Here is one word of advice I give to all brides.
At the end of the day YOU are the one that is getting married. While you value the opinions of those closest to you, they are not the ones that will be staring at your wedding photos for the rest of their lives! So guess what? WHO CARES if Aunt Susan is mad that you want to serve donuts as your alternative desert option, she doesn't have to eat them! WHO CARES if your mom wants you to wear her wedding dress, it's not your style! Now it goes without saying that turning down these requests should be taken in a polite manner but at the end of the day this is your vision, your happiness, and your sanity on the line. In the end, all that matters is you're marrying the love of your life. So who cares if they don't agree? You two are the only ones that need to show up to make this commitment.
Take a few breaths, cry a few tears, but remember NO ONE can take away your happiness or the love you have for your SO.