I think the average engagement is something like 16 months (don't quote me on that). Let's say the average wedding is three days with the rehearsal dinner and the Sunday brunch.
Holy moly. That would mean that the actual wedding is 0.6% of the total time spent planning. (I did 30 days per month times 16 months = 480. Then I did 3 divided by 480 and multiplied it by 100 to get my percent.)
In general, I try to live according to the mantra that life is a journey and not a destination. When it comes to planning a wedding that will only be 0.6% of the total time spent planning it, this mantra is even more important. You need to enjoy the process!
Make your wedding planning fun. Figure out how to combat the stress. Make it a deeper, resonate expression of who you and your partner-to-be are.
Here's a quote that captures the same idea: "Life is not a dress rehearsal. Every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment." --Sally Karioth