Engaged 7/2021, wedding scheduled for 2/2022. Already have a venue booked. I have had an anxiety disorder most of my life and due to recent medication changes that felt necessary (because I don’t think those meds were working) everything became worse. Crippling anxiety and fear on a daily basis, working with a doc and seeing a counselor weekly. A month ago I planned to go dress shopping this upcoming weekend and although excited there is no way to tell if I will be able to function due to anxiety/panic attacks. I want to postpone everything honestly so I can really focus on getting better. FH is not happy about this and I have people coming in from out of town for dress shopping with me. I could maybe grin and bear it through dress shopping if I’m having anxiety, although ideally these events are joyous. Although planning a wedding is stressful I don’t feel stressed about that exactly. It is more physical symptoms of anxiety and panic that interrupt my day and life. I am even on disability from work due to this issue. Im wondering fellow bride’s thoughts/feelings on this topic - anyone experience similar things? Thanks in advance!
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I’d simply explain that your wedding plans changed and you’ve decided to have a very intimate ceremony instead. Plus, these days, there isn’t much explaining needed because our lives have all been scaled back in many ways.
My firsthand example: we originally planned a 2020 wedding and sent save the dates. Then we postponed to 2021 and sent another set of save the dates. Then recently (only 2 months before the wedding) we decided to cancel everything and elope with just the two of us. So we text cancellation notices. Ultimately, guests don’t dictate the direction of your wedding plans. That’s between you and your FH since it’s the 2 of you who are the ones getting married.