"I'm a pretty serious person, with a serious job as an attorney," bride-to-be Erica told me. "But not only do I love thinking about my wedding, it's almost as if I can't focus on much else."
My advice? Give in to it, Erica.
Allowing your wedding planning to take over your life can actually be beneficial in helping you make the transition from single to married.
"Before I got engaged," Erica continued, "I'd laugh at and ridicule my friends who were obsessed with their weddings. But now, I get it. I think about and talk about my wedding all the time. I just can't help it!"
What if Erica stopped worrying and judging and gave herself over to where she is?
Because being engrossed with your wedding can be psychologically and emotionally healthy, if you can find the metaphors in all the detailed work you are doing.
For example, trying on dress after dress helps you become comfortable in your new skin as a bride.
Tweaking your online registry -- 10 place settings? 12? 10? -- helps you imagine your new married home, life, and china closet.
Finding the perfect placecards helps you wrap your brain around the fact that all your friends and family will be gathered in one place to celebrate your marriage.
All the work you put into your wedding -- the countless hours, the flipping through magazines, the dreaming, the scheming, the tasting, the trying on, the making lists, the making calls -- helps you process and integrate the identity changes that will occur on your wedding day.
Every wedding detail -- when you think of it metaphorically -- can facilitate your transition from single to married.
So go ahead: be obsessed with your wedding if you want to be. Just bring a psychological awareness to your obsession. Find the bigger picture and the metaphor in the puff pastries.