When things go wrong, laugh about it.

By Nancy Mattia
December 12, 2019

If ever there was a time to laugh, it's when you're planning your wedding. From disagreeing with your parents over the guest list to going over budget at your very first vendor meeting, you are one giant ball of nerves from the time you say "yes" to the day you say "I do." Finding something funny amid all of that stress will instantly help you feel better. Here's why it's important to maintain your sense of humor and let yourself laugh when you're in planning mode.

Laughter will help you to put things in perspective.

The wedding is a tremendously important day to you, and you want it to be perfect. But not everything is working out. You're having trouble finding a reception location you love or your future mother in law is telling all her friends they're invited to the wedding (they're not). Instead of getting worked up, you watch Four Weddings and a Funeral because you can count on that movie for a steady stream of laughs. You'll feel better and better-equipped to handle any wedding-related pressure after you've let yourself relax a little.

Getting the giggles is good for your heart.

Someone booked "your" band, and just when you thought you'd cry out of sadness and frustration, your dad cracks a joke and you can't stop laughing. What's going on in your body, according to the Mayo Clinic, is your intake of oxygen-rich air is stimulating your heart as well as your lungs and muscles and ups endorphins, which put you in a good mood. And don't worry about the band—you'll find another great one.

Laughter is contagious.

As American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox wisely observed, laugh and the world laughs with you. When your groom, mom, or maid of honor are losing it when things go wrong, be the one to make things better. Find something funny about the situation and laugh. Watch them follow your lead and start chuckling, too. It'll all work out in the end.


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