Pre Wedding Depression, Didn’t See This One Coming

Disclaimer: So yea, I’m going to talk about depression and I know that word can mean different things to different people and it can cause lots of very strong opinions, but I just want to recognize that everyone’s journey is unique to them and I only speak for myself. Cool.

Scotland April 2012


Throughout my year of wedding planning I was well aware of and well equipped to handle post wedding depression. I had read about it, heard first hand experiences about it, and had personally experienced the feeling of loss that can overtake one after something exciting ends (in my case, when I show I was performing in closed, it always left me a little sad). I was doing everything right to combat post wedding depression. I kept my friendships active, I planned for events post-wedding, and I reminded myself that there would be many exciting life events to look forward to with Mr. Sword.

Fortunately, I don’t feel any PWD (yay)! I loved our wedding day; I’m grateful it went so well and I’m happy to be married to the love of my life. But it turns out I was preparing for the wrong thing”¦

If you Google “Pre Wedding Depression” you can find articles that talk about it. They mostly go on about brides being so stressed out planning their wedding that they turn “blue.” This is not what I felt. I can handle stress. I can handle my anxiety (poorly, but I can), and I can handle being “blue.” What I felt in the last few months of planning was painful.

It probably wasn’t evident from my blogging and it didn’t affect my job as a nanny, but in my downtime I was apathetic, lonely, pessimistic, melancholy, and just plain sad. My Mom says when we have many changes in our lives our chemical balances can get off, and whether that’s true or not, that’s what I felt. Mr. Sword was traveling every week for work and I had way too much time to be alone, and to think. I was agonizing about all the upcoming changes in our careers, our location, and our relationship. I was feeling overwhelmed at the responsibilities of being someone’s wife, as I suddenly thought I wouldn’t be enough. And I was scared of failing, at well, everything.

So of course I picked fights with Mr. Sword. I had lots of emotional breakdowns on the phone to Mom, Sister, and Best Friends. I spent a few Saturdays in bed too depressed to move.

Sure, there were a few factors that helped contribute to my low mental state, the holidays were over, the winter dreariness was just beginning, and the thought of hosting the biggest event of our life seemed so overwhelming that everything else in life looked equally as daunting. Whatever the trigger, I knew I was not feeling like myself. I knew something was off.

At first it became apparent that I was a wreck every other weekend and so I began dreading every other weekend. I thought about seeing someone outside of my family to talk about things with, but eventually we decided to go the holistic route and stocked up on herbal pills and extracts to help aid me in positive thinking and lower my anxiety. These things worked”¦slightly? Or, perhaps they were a mental trick. Either way, I was working on feeling better and I was glad.

Soon enough, both January and February passed and by March I was starting to feel like myself again. I was still nervous for the big day (hello, control freak) and I was still prone to emotional breakdowns (but what bride isn’t?), but I was happy and positive. It was a relief to be excited for the future again instead of dreaming up worst case scenarios.

Looking back from the other side I feel blessed to have had so many amazing people in my life that listened to me when I needed that, or made me laugh when I needed that, or acted excited about the wedding when I needed that. Mostly I’m grateful for having a partner who will discuss anything with me no matter how crazy I sound, who I can trust with my worst and most personal fears, and who loves me even when I’m not feeling 100% like myself.


Muah! love you baby!

(all photos personal)

Treading carefully here, does anyone else want to share their pre or post wedding depression experiences? How did you get past the low moments?


Mrs. Sword

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    ms_margarita 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:46 pm

    I’m so glad I found this. Getting married in July and I am depressed. I love my fiance, and we have been together for five years, engaged for one (will be 1 1/2 when we get married). Every time someone asks “how’s the wedding planning going?” I want to scream even though I know they are just trying to make conversation and be nice. I’m nervous about people staring at me the whole day and I don’t know why I ever thought being the center of attention was a good idea, I just want to elope now!!!

    I love my fiance but like a former poster said, everything’s just too much. Wedding planning on top of work, household tasks, trying to maintain a relationship. I just want to hide!!! I feel alone because this “should be the happiest time in my life.” Is it bad that I just want it to be over, even though I love my fiancee more than anything?

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    Miss Z, Guest @ 2:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this.
    I searched for my future husband for so long. We have been together for three years, and we will be 33 when we marry this fall. I’ve waited for this moment my whole life, but I am not excited.
    Wedding plans are nailed down, and I’m not even worried about the event itself – but more scared to get married and be a wife. I have even been questioning if I actually love him, which was NEVER a question until recently. It’s a terrible feeling. If I don’t love him, I am not capable of loving anyone. And what if I am incapable? What if we are miserable together? And so on with the terrifying questions…
    I lie awake at night sometimes and just cry. Intellectually I know we should be together. But my heart is not in sync with my head lately.
    This blog post makes me feel a little bit normal, so thank you for sharing that.

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    Bree, Guest @ 11:31 am

    My wedding is eleven days away. I had some depression when we first got engaged, but that had to do with some post traumatic stress and I was able to bring myself out of it. I had felt like myself for the last few months, until only a couple of days ago. It seems to be revolved around the stress of planning the last bits with his mom, and noticing her excitement is greater than mine and his. I fear that he is having doubts and he’s only following through with the wedding for his mom. It’s a pretty crazy thought, I know, but this transition is hard for the both of us, so neither of us are feeling very romantic or intimate. I just can’t wait to be married and on our honeymoon together.

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