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 doing wedding related tasks like discussing possible bands or shopping for wedding favors. And since just about every part of of wedding planning ultimately comes back to the budget, it can be stressful.
When you find yourself needing a break from all the wedding talk (or sense your fiance is close to a breaking point), plan a wedding-free 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 and wedding talk is not allowed. Anything from watching a movie to 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 apartment, 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 friends' 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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