It's Not All Roses: How Real Brides Handled Wedding-Planning Tough Spots

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Difficult Part of Wedding Planning

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For some, it's family. For others, it's the budget that gives them fits. It seems like planning a wedding should be all exciting — but there are plenty of potential issues that make it, well, not so fun. You told us about the problems you ran into — common to so many — and how you handled them.

"For me it was the financial planning. I had a spreadsheet and a budget that I wanted to stay in, which forced me to make some tough decisions. One of the last decisions was the photographer. I didn't have enough money left for the wedding photographer that I wanted. I ended up using a friend who is a great photographer, but does not specialize in weddings. The photos were good, but not exactly what I wanted. At the end of the day the pictures are really all you have to remember yours special day by (not the flowers, not the tablecloths) — so you need to be happy with what you purchase." — Liz L.

"Pinterest! It gave my wedding style an identity crisis." — Nadine P.

"My groom feeling overwhelmed and uninvolved! I asked him to register with me and showed him a list of what we need to do. Now he feels great since he knows what is going on." — Amy B.

"One word: RSVPs. People are hard to track down. It's like trying to locate Jimmy Hoffa's body. Impossible." — Chelsea R.

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"Some wanted lots of booze. Some wanted none. To remedy this, we had an 11 a.m. wedding with small champagne fountain provided only for the toast." — Jaye G.

"The interference. Everyone wants to help, but they are so convinced that their idea will be better. I ultimately sent everyone on a wildlife viewing tour for the day, leaving me to finish the reception in peace and doing everything the way I wanted it! " — Anso C.

"Guest list. We felt that there were several people on both sides we would have really liked to invite, but if the list moved beyond sort of essential people it might spiral. We didn't invite some of my husband's local relatives because we felt like that could lead to lots of other relatives needing to be invited. In order to justify that, our guest list was exclusively comprised of people we felt significantly played a part in our coming together." — Jessie H.

"Planning the seating chart! I couldn't sit this person next to that person ... I deal by realizing that, at the end of the day, I won't hear any of the complaining on the wedding day — just afterwards — and by then I won't care!" — Tabitha M.

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