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You know what they say: “Even the best laid plans go awry.” Weddings are no exception—that’s true no matter how much time and effort you put into creating the perfect day. If your wedding didn’t go exactly as planned—or if, looking back, you wish you’d done things differently—you might be feeling regret. And, experts say, that feeling is more common that you’d think.

As Kevon Owen, M.S., LPC, points out, our culture trains us that our weddings day must be perfect, and perfectly romantic. But, “difficult family members will still be difficult; it’s who they are and a wedding day won’t change that,” he says. “Sound equipment doesn’t always work. And your guests [may not be] as sensitive to a timetable as you want them to be.” Plus, Stephanie Macadaan, LMFT and creator of the Happy Couple Plan, adds that, “regrets around a wedding often come from prioritizing the wants and needs of others and feeling pressure to create a wedding that does not feel authentic or genuine to you as a couple.”

If you’re living with wedding-related regret, however, know that you don’t have to live with it forever. Here are expert-approved ways to deal with your regret and move on so that you can live happily ever after.

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