The 2016 presidential election may be over (finally) but the impact it has had on people will linger for quite some time — including those about to get married. Some brides and grooms have been focusing all their attention on Republicans vs. Democrats and Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, rather than on buffet vs. plated dinner, and now engaged couples are finding themselves in a race to get things done before it's time to walk down the aisle. Others might have ended up in arguments with wedding vendors, or even with the person they're marrying, over the election and its results. Now's the time to rebuild those important relationships and, well, distract yourself with talks of wedding cake and tablescapes.
Here, four brides-to-be reveal exactly how this election has rocked their weddings.
1. It Was the Talk of My Bridal Shower
"My bridal shower was the Saturday before election day. Let's just say, everyone there was talking politics and nobody was talking about the wedding or me. I wasn't the center of attention, Donald Trump was. It was just annoying because people were getting so heated talking about politics that it wasn't an enjoyable afternoon at all. I'm glad the wedding isn't for another month. I hope by then people just stop talking about it." —Laura S., 26
2. I Fight With My Groom... A Lot
"I know couples fight during the wedding planning time. My husband-to-be and I have been fighting non-stop about the election. He was team Hillary and I was team Donald. It was really all we'd talk about and fight about. I'm glad that the election is over — and that our relationship isn't over because of it." —Carrie B., 28
3. One Vendor Wouldn't Work With Us"My fiancé and I told our florist that we were Trump supporters and she literally said she wouldn't work with us. She gave us back our deposit. We were a little annoyed but also glad she did that. It showed us way ahead of our wedding how unprofessional she would have been." —Beth V., 33
4. I Haven't Been Able to Think About My Wedding"The election has been ruining my wedding because how could I possibly focus on anything but the election for the last two months? I put my wedding planning on hold and haven't done a thing. Now that it's over, I need some time to recover before planning a celebration." —Tami S., 29
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.