How to Have The Best Wedding Ever

How to Have The Best Wedding Ever

Getting Married is a Big Deal. Do it Right.

Are you ready for fancy dresses, impromptu family reunions, teary toasts, and inebriated aunts doing embarrassing things on the dance floor? Yes, it's wedding season, y'all. While most of the time on the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast we talk about how to have a great relationship, today, in honor of wedding season, we're talking about the art and craft of weddings themselves.

Why? For the last few months we've had droves of young couples at Growing Self preparing themselves to have fantastic marriages, through either our “I Do!” premarital counseling program, or our Denver premarital counseling class, “A Lifetime of Love.” It's inspiring to see so many smart couples who are heading off potential problems by doing premarital counseling so I decided to make you all a little wedding present.

If you're not getting married yourself this year, it's highly likely that you'll be a guest at a wedding. And that comes with it's own set of challenges. Anytime far-flung extended family and friends come together for an alcohol infused weekend, drama can ensue. How do you support your loved one who is getting married while setting healthy boundaries, and still have a good time in the process?

Whether you are gearing up for a large scale traditional wedding, an intimate gathering to formalize your partnership, weddings are a big deal. A marriage is an incredibly meaningful and important day, and it can be uniquely stressful to plan and prepare for. On this episode of the podcast I've invited Laura Pearson, founder of L Elizabeth Events, to share some of the things she's learned from her 10 years of experience as a Denver wedding planner. Some of the questions I've asked her on your behalf:

  • What are some of the biggest mistakes engaged couples make?
  • What's the secret to enjoying your wedding, instead of being a stress-case?
  • How do you handle intrusive parents?
  • What can you do to make your wedding more enjoyable and meaningful for your guests?
  • As a guest, what do you need to do to support your friend or family member on their big day?

How To Have The Best Wedding Ever

by Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby | Love, Happiness & Success

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Have More Wedding Dazzle, Less Wedding Frazzle

Have More Wedding Dazzle, Less Wedding Frazzle

Getting Married is a Big Deal. Do it Right.

Are you planning a Colorado Wedding? There are soooo many things to think about when you're getting married: Venue, food, music, the ceremony, the dress. It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind and feel overwhelmed — so much, that the relationship you want to celebrate can start to feel the stress.

So many choices are ahead of you, and there are so many possibilities to designing your dream wedding in Denver. It can be hard to know where to begin. Stress levels go up and what should be a joyful time can begin to feel a little out of control.

I'm here to offer you some advice, and also some help:

Free Advice From Denver Wedding Experts

I know how overwhelming it can be to plan a wedding. Here is my wedding gift to you — a FREE “Ask A Wedding Expert Event” I'm hosting with L Elizabeth Wedding Planners. We are getting a group of some of Denver's best and top rated wedding experts — a caterer, an officiant, a wedding stylist, a musician, and a photographer — in the same room for you to just talk and ask questions in an informal, non-promotional atmosphere.

I want to do this for you because, amidst the overwhelm and chaos, the most important and essential things to do before you get married — like premarital counseling — can seem less relevant than centerpieces and cake flavors. My hope is that by getting guidance in the wedding planning process you are able to lower your stress, have the wedding you want, AND have time and energy left over to invest in premarital counseling. Because the point of all of this is to have a fantastic marriage.


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Ask the Denver Wedding Experts on 3/16: Learn More


Another Wedding Present For You:

Free Relationship Advice

(From a marriage counselor who has also been married for a long time).

Get professional premarital counseling, or take a premarital class. (And talking to your church pastor a couple of times doesn't count). Please. Your children will thank you for it.

I have been married for nearly 20 years now, and I can barely remember my own wedding. What I do know is that the relationship I have with my husband is the cornerstone of my life. The fabric of our marriage, like everyone else's, is made up of the way we talk to each other, they way we support each other emotionally, and the agreements we have made as a couple about the way we handle our shared life.

We are in a great place now. AND, like many young couples, we had many dramatic,  intense, and stupid arguments about how we talk to each other, how we needed to be supported emotionally, and stuff-of-life like housework and money before we figured it all out. The first few years we were married there were times I wasn't sure if we were going to make it, because it seemed like we had so many differences.

What I know now, after so many years of marriage (and becoming a marriage counselor) is that it simply doesn't need to be that hard. We would have been saved a lot of aggravation and heartache if we'd gotten involved in high quality premarital counseling before getting married. Learning how relationships actually work, how to communicate with each other, and creating agreements in advance would have made all the difference.

Thankfully, in our case it worked out. Many couples are not so lucky. We see many couples in marriage counseling 3, 4 and 5 years after the wedding still trying to hash all these things out. But unfortunately, fighting about it for years has created hurt feelings, resentment and mistrust that eroded their bond. Many times we can help these couples grow back together again. But sometimes it's too late.

So come to the “Ask The Denver Wedding Experts” event on March 16th to get free wedding planning advice, and also meet the premarital counselors on my team, Jessica Small, M.A., and Meagan Terry, M.A. (I'll be there too.) On top of everything else, you'll also leave with our “Five Essential Skills For Every Couple” mini training.

Hope to see you there,
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby

P.S. If you know you want premarital counseling and want a easy, convenient and inexpensive way to do it, check out our six week “Lifetime of Love” Premarital Class. The next session starts on Monday March 30, at 6pm!

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