July 30th

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Tip of the Day: "Transitioning into one big family can be a challenging process, so don't force it," advises Dr. Deborah Pardee, a licensed psychologist and faculty member at University of the Rockies

As if you didn't have enough to worry about with your own family getting along, now you are introducing a new group of people into the mix. The bride's and groom's families may not like one another, may not approve of the marriage, or may have conflict about the cost of the wedding. At a time of celebration, these tensions can be overwhelming. 

"Be sure to talk to your family members individually about the importance of the day. Regardless of culture clashes and family dynamics, remember that the marriage is between you and your spouse, and not your family," Pardee adds.

Plus, read our real bride bloggers' advice for Handling Disapproving In-Laws and Planning a Wedding When Your Parents Are Divorced.