I don't consider Mercury's
retrograde periods to be astrological dealbreakers, wedding-wise; but I do think
they're less than ideal times to marry. Weddings are logistically complex, and
they depend upon wrangling a myriad of complicated details into a smooth, effortless-looking
production. When Mercury is retrograde (appearing to move backward in his orbit),
he is in his mischievous, trickster mode - misplacing keys, crossing the wires
of communication, and generally causing confusion. He is the foe of logistics,
planning, and linear thought. And it doesn't necessarily end with the wedding,
either. Believe me, I've seen couples wed when Mercury is retrograde and carry
this energy into their marriage like annoying toilet paper stuck to the bottom
of their shoes.
The moral of our story: Avoid marrying when
Mercury is retrograde, if you can. If you can't, my standard advice is to go over
everything at least twice: double-check all arrangements, verbally and in writing.
Place more than one person in charge of each task. Keep in mind, when putting
down deposits, that your plans are likely to change; minimize the damage where
possible. And remember to laugh.