Wedding Weekly ~ Taking Time Off

Weddings mean mile-long to do lists, and many times brides (and grooms!) are rushing to pack these things in to their already busy weeks. And often the result is that engaged couples spend almost all of their time together discussing possible bands and shopping for wedding favors.

And after a few weeks, they can lose sight of everything that their wedding is really about. Tempers can flare up. People can be stubborn. The budget might be tight. And they just need a break.

Enter: the date night. It can be as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee, taking a walk around the neighborhood, or enjoying an ice cream cone. The actual activity doesn't really matter, as long as it has nothing to do with the wedding. Even watching a movie or baking cookies together can be the time off that a couple needs in order to keep their love for each other (and their sanity).

Planning date nights every few weeks where no wedding plans are discussed can be a lifeline to brides and grooms. When Ryan and I were engaged, we relished activities that weren't wedding related, especially towards the end of our engagement. Whether it was a weekend trip for a job interview or painting our new house, we tried to escape the stress of the plans and lists and focus on each other. We also played tennis (which I'm terrible at) and attended graduation parties. We tried to pull our focus away from the wedding and focus on the marriage.

So whether you just started planning your wedding or it's 3 weeks away, make time for an evening off. You won't regret it.

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