Arguing About Wedding Plans? 7 Ways to Settle the Dispute


7 Tips for Resolving Those Wedding Plan Disputes

Weddings are a fun, romantic, once-in-a-lifetime occasion, but they’re incredibly stressful in the weeks and months leading up to them. Most couples end up fighting with each other, or with friends and family, about how the wedding is going to be planned or executed. The last thing you want before a wedding is the lingering stress of being angry with someone you’re close to, so it’s important to proactively acknowledge and solve the problem before it gets any worse.

Most Common Arguments

These are some of the most common points of debate among wedding planners:

  • Invites. You and your partner (and your families) may have very different ideas about who should be invited and who shouldn’t be.
  • Venues and décor. You may fundamentally disagree on where the wedding should be held, or what aesthetics should be prioritized in choosing the décor.
  • Religion and traditions. If you and your partner are from different religious or cultural backgrounds, it may be hard to find a compromise that works for both parties.
  • Money. Weddings are expensive, and couples may fight about how much the budget should be (or how that budget should be spent).
  • Registry. Even a registry with an expansive selection can cause disputes if each partner disagrees about the items that are most important to include.
  • Effort. If one partner is spending far more time and effort on the wedding planning process than the other, it can be a serious source of stress.
  • Behavior. Some people become irritable or aggressive when planning a wedding, which can cause extra stress for everyone involved.

How to Solve the Issue

Fortunately, almost any problem on the preceding list can be negotiated and resolved with the same steps:

  1. Be proactive. First, be proactive. If you notice something wrong, even if it’s something little, start a conversation about it. Little things tend to become big things if left unsaid or unaddressed, which means even a tiny annoyance can become a source of lasting resentment. Start the conversation as early as you can.
  2. Talk openly. Talking to your partner about a problem you’re experiencing can be extremely difficult; you might be forced to tell them something unpleasant about their behavior, or admit an embarrassing insecurity. You’ll have to overcome these hesitations and speak openly if you want to resolve the problem, however. Tell your partner exactly how you feel, and why you feel that way, and address the problem head-on.
  3. Listen. Conversely, when your partner is talking to you, you need to listen. Don’t just listen to what they want to do—listen to why they want to do it. This effort will help you understand their perspective, and will show that you’re truly invested in resolving the problem for both of you.
  4. Find compromises. As you’ll soon find in your marriage, compromise is one of the biggest keys to making any relationship work. If you and your partner can’t come to a resolution after explaining your respective viewpoints, you’ll each need to make a sacrifice. For example, you might let your partner choose the napkins they wanted, but only if they’re a different color. Negotiate openly and try to address both partners’ wants and needs.
  5. Split authority. If you’re having trouble making decisions together, consider splitting authority down the middle. One person can take full charge of certain responsibilities, while the other person has final say on a different set of responsibilities. It might lead to inconsistent themes or aesthetics, but it will certainly keep the peace.
  6. Work with a third party. If you’re having trouble getting someone to hear what you’re saying, or if you can’t budget on a given issue, consider consulting a neutral third party—a kind of mediator to help you see a new perspective. Talk to a friend or family member about the issue, and get their feelings. It may illuminate some ideas you might have ignored.
  7. Give yourself lots of time. Finally, try to prevent problems by giving yourself as much time as possible to resolve them. A fight about invites will matter far less if you have six months to figure it out than if you only have a day or two. This won’t make your problems go away, but it will make them easier to deal with.

If you can follow these steps, before, during, and after the wedding planning process, the few issues you’re likely to have will remain small issues, and you’ll both be far less stressed in the long run. Pay close attention to the thoughts and feelings of your partner, and anyone else involved in the wedding planning process, and focus your efforts on making the process as smooth as possible.