Creative Ideas for Saving Your COVID-Era Wedding
Many couples are getting creative to salvage their weddings during the COVID-era of social distancing and outdoor and virtual gatherings.
May through October is normally Canada’s peak wedding time. The beautiful weather and summer fun make for a perfect atmosphere to tie the knot–but not during the COVID-era. In April, Canadian officials banned large gatherings due to COVID-19 concerns. Since then, the country has seen over half of scheduled weddings cancelled or postponed. While data showed a decline in COVID cases over the summer, there has been a surge in cases this fall.
If 2020 was supposed to be your year, you joined thousands of other couples who are revisiting the drawing board and rescheduling, redesigning, and rethinking their plans during the COVID-era. Wedding planners encourage moving small weddings to larger venues that will accommodate proper social distancing. Larger weddings may create health risks for you and your guests. It may be best to postpone or re-vision these big events. Before you make your decision, consider going ahead with a wedding redesign that honors your original vision while keeping everyone safe.
Backyard Micro-Weddings in the COVID-era
Even prior to the pandemic, a “micro-wedding” trend had begun to emerge across North America. For reasons ranging from saving time and money to reducing the carbon footprint, couples have begun choosing smaller venues with fewer than 25 guests. Paring down your guest list to just the essentials and choosing a backyard venue with plenty of space may be the perfect solution for preserving your wedding. You can add a larger virtual reception to include your original guest list.
Virtual Celebrations in the COVID-era
You are undoubtedly familiar with the virtual options for gatherings through Zoom and other platforms which have become the norm during the COVID-era. A few creative touches can make your virtual wedding extra memorable.
In addition to the ceremonial elements you want to include, you can involve your guests in the ambiance of the celebration by sending them a pre-wedding guest package. This could include items such as your wedding favors, non-perishable hors d’oeuvres, Jordan almonds, place cards, table decorations, themed napkins or tablecloths, and of course, champagne. Include items that are specific to your original theme and personalities.
Some couples also include optional participation items, such as writing prompts or questions for the guests to answer about their connection to you. You might ask them to share their contributions during the ceremony and then send them to you for your memory book. Virtual weddings involve less physical celebration, so you can be creative with guest participation games and exercises that focus on you — the happy couple.
This COVID-era idea involves supportive neighbors and a ceremony out on your stoop or in your front yard. You can ask your close-in neighbors to lend their front porches and yards to small groups of your friends and family for an evening. Your wedding march may be up the steps instead of down the aisle, and a catered meal can be served to tables spread out on the sidewalks. You may want to use a microphone and speaker to amplify your voices and for the music. Tie it all together with mini-lights and themed yard décor, and enjoy that first dance. You won’t even have to leave the house for this in-person, socially distanced idea.
The Great Outdoors
If you are nature lovers, that outdoor wedding you once considered may be a solution. Outdoor celebrations can be beautiful and memorable. You will want an adequate plan for rain or wind. Multiple pop-up tents will help with distancing. You can begin by researching outdoor wedding venues in your area. From Vancouver Island to Halifax, the Canadian outdoors may be the perfect backdrop for your wedding redesign.
If you’ve concluded that the show must go on even during the COVID-era and you are forging ahead with your wedding, that’s half the battle. Maybe the date is particularly relevant, or a beloved family member is only in the country temporarily. Whatever your reason, redesigning your wedding day can become a fun puzzle for you and your beloved. You never know — your wedding remix may be even more fun and memorable than the original plan.
Wedding Tasks That Can Wait Until Later
Putting together a wedding is no small job. Even the most intimate of affairs with short guest lists require effort. With so many different responsibilities to keep track of, you may find yourself a bit stressed out by all the wedding planning. One way to relieve some of this frustration is by thinking about which tasks need to be taken care of right away and which can wait until later. The most pressing matters like time-sensitive decisions are the ones on which you should dedicate your energy. Everything else can happen when you have more time and mental space.
Take a look at these responsibilities that don’t need to be addressed with any kind of immediacy. Putting off these tasks until a later time allows you to focus on the more pressing decisions that need to be made.
Buying the Outfit
After getting engaged, plenty of couples want to rush out and find the outfits they will wear when they tie the knot. Though brides are usually painted as being obsessed with finding the right dress, an equal number of grooms are quite particular when it comes to the look, cut, and style of their tuxes. People like to take care of this task early when planning a wedding, but it actually does not need to happen until later. The reason many couples jump into this right away is because it can be fun to shop.
Instead of running to a boutique or scouring online shops, use the earliest part of your engagement period to research different style ideas. Tasks like setting a date, selecting a venue, and speaking with caterers all take priority over picking your wedding attire. Dedicate your energy to more pressing matters, and in the meantime keep yourself tuned into interesting blogs related to wedding style. This will give your later search for your outfit a bit more direction.
Arranging the Seating
Here’s the thing: Seating charts are waking nightmares for many couples. If you both are lucky enough to come from families that get along, then this might not be the case. However, most people have to do some acrobatics when it comes to creating a layout where guests will be sitting far away from individuals who might cause conflict. Despite how involved this task can be, it is far from one of the first things you should be thinking about while planning your big day.
In truth, you need to have your venue booked before you even start thinking about the seating chart. What’s more, you really can’t start creating a layout until you know how many guests will be able to attend. No matter how stressed you are about making the perfect seating arrangement, put this job off until a bit down the line.
Planning the Honeymoon
This might seem like a given, but you really shouldn’t plan out your honeymoon until you’ve taken care of a majority of your wedding tasks. The honeymoon traditionally happens right after the wedding finishes, but this doesn’t mean it needs to be connected to the planning process. A discussion about where you would like to go and how much you both want to spend on the trip is fine. However, you should really delay making any concrete plans for your honeymoon until you feel confident that your nuptials are all set and ready.
After getting engaged, it is natural to feel a rush of excitement and anticipation for all that is in store. In order to maintain your drive and not get overwhelmed by all the tasks that need to be taken on, be sure to focus only on the most pressing matters at first. Pacing yourself in this way will help you see better results and keep your stress levels in a manageable place.
2020 Wedding Trends To Inspire Your Big Day
Many couples are still planning to tie the knot this year despite COVID-19, so take a look at these 2020 wedding trends to inspire your big day.
According to national statistics, more than 150,000 weddings take place each year in Canada. While this might seem like a lot, nations like the United States see close to 2.4 million in the same time period, though obviously COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in many couples’ plans. With so many couples normally tying the knot on an annual basis, it comes as no surprise that wedding trends come and go quickly. If you want to stay on top of the latest fads sweeping the world of nuptials, note that there are some interesting options on the horizon. Consider these 2020 wedding trends to inspire your own big day.
Experts in the jewelry industry have noted a number of significant shifts in how couples have been purchasing wedding rings over the last few years. While it was once commonplace for one person in the relationship to select the engagement ring, for example, it is now typical for the couple to make this selection together. This is largely due to the decline in popularity of the “surprise proposal.” Couples more often want to feel prepared to tackle marriage and will come to the decision together.
When choosing your wedding band, note that a popular option at the moment is to opt for yellow gold instead of platinum. Many people are also turning away from generic rings in the search for unique pieces that have interesting histories. This has led to many jewelers offering customized options instead of the standard cuts and settings.
The world has been through some rough predicaments in recent years, including the current pandemic. From catastrophic fires in Southern California and Australia to massive garbage islands floating in the oceans, more people than ever are concerned with how their choices impact the global environment. Weddings are no exception to these concerns, and among the wedding trends popular now is the idea of the eco-friendly event. There are a number of ways people are going about this, including using recycled paper for invitations, going plastic-free for the reception, or working with caterers to eliminate food waste.
Wedding trends this year also include what floral arrangements couples are investing in. So far, florists have stated that 2020 is unique because it is all about local options. Instead of preferring a specific type of blossom, couples are more likely to work with gardens and flower shops in their communities to discover what’s in season. Outdoor weddings have also become very fashionable, especially to maximize social distance and reduce the risk of COVID-19, with a number of couples deciding against flowers altogether to allow the natural scenery to shine through. If you’re on a tight budget, these floral trends can be a great way to save money on your event.
A Piece of Cake
Cake preferences also tend to change from one year to the next. In 2020, a number of wedding planners are reporting that couples are switching away from the idea of having a single cake as the crowning dessert piece. Instead, it is more common for a wedding to feature a number of smaller confections. Not only does this add some nice variety to the event, it also provides couples with the chance to offer dessert options to individuals with dietary restrictions or severe allergies. Last but not least, it minimizes the likelihood of food contamination during the age of COVID-19.
Social Media Influence
The growing popularity of social media has also had an impact on wedding trends in 2020. Plenty of couples fall under the spell of influencers and the illusion of perfection created through Instagram. Using sites like Pinterest can also be a useful way to feel inspired and discover some clever DIY ideas. Whether you use it sparingly or go all out to copy a particular style, social media can definitely prove invaluable while planning.
Staying abreast of the latest trends can be useful when planning a wedding. Understanding the biggest fads helps you understand what you like and what you don’t want involved in your big day.
Easy Ways To Save for Your Big Day
One of the best ways to spend your time during quarantine is to think about ways to save for your wedding, especially if it was postponed.
The last few months have forced many people to postpone or cancel their wedding plans. While this might be upsetting, it is also an opportunity to take a step back and rethink some ideas. Whether you had your plans pushed off due to the current global pandemic or you were just starting to talk about ideas with your partner before the quarantine began, extra time to plan is really a blessing in disguise for some. One of the best ways to spend your time is pondering how to save money.
A wedding is an expensive event. If you want to come out of the pandemic with a clear plan and a pocket full of cash, take a look at these easy ways you can save money for the future.
Evaluate Your Current Expenses and Budget
If you want to save money on the wedding you need to have a plan. You can’t formulate a plan if you don’t have information. When it comes to money, all the information you need can be found in your life and daily habits. What is your income? What is your partner’s income? How much do you spend a month on expenses, and how much can you realistically afford to set aside without tapping into crucial funds? Knowing the money you are starting with and what you’re likely to see from your job can help you forecast.
A wedding budget is also a vital component. You need to set a limit on your spending and stick with it. This will help you control what funds you are applying to which services and evaluate whether or not you are spending too much or too little on anything in particular. The budget will depend entirely on the preferences you share. If you don’t care about the venue but love food, then put the bulk of your funds behind the catering service. Work on this part of the plan in advance, and you’ll see better results with the rest.
Take Down Your Debt
Extra time is a blessing for many reasons. Maybe your credit score is not exactly where you would like it to be. Improving your rating takes time, and time may be all you have right now. If you have existing debt preventing you from getting your financial status into a better position, try to pay down some of this right now. Make higher payments to pay off the premium over the interest, and see if you can work with lenders to get better rates based on good habits you have established over the years.
The reason this is helpful is you might want to consider opening up or using an existing credit card for wedding expenses. If you have a specific card that you use to cover a good chunk of the payments, then you will have a really easy way to both track your budget and know exactly how much you have spent and on what. While this is a great step to take for some, it might not be right for you. Putting money toward your debt when you need it for other expenses is also a fine and sensible decision.
Look for Local Deals
Going local with your vendors is a smart move because it helps you engage with your community in a meaningful and productive way. What’s more, you might be able to save money by doing this. Ask one of your vendors for recommendations, and this might lead to you finding an array of other excellent vendors that offer great rates, all because you asked a person with connections who likes to connect others.
It can be difficult to find ways to save for a wedding, but it can be a little bit easier when you have a quarantine keeping you from going out and spending. Think about your strategy and develop a plan that works for your future nuptials.
A Few Fun International Wedding Customs To Make You Smile
Even if you are not planning a wedding, it can be interesting and joyful to learn about the wedding customs of other cultures around the world.
Wedding ceremonies can definitely look bizarre from the outside. From tossing a bouquet of flowers into the air to smashing a glass under a shoe, there are all sorts of interesting rituals involved that can make someone not familiar with the local traditions feel a bit puzzled. The one thing all wedding customs share is that they all have some type of meaning to the cultures of the people getting married. Learning about your own traditions can be interesting, but there is something even more rewarding in dedicating time to learning about unfamiliar customs from other parts of the world.
If you have an interest in wedding customs, now is a great time to expand your horizons. Explore these international traditions and learn something that will make you smile.
Customs On the Skin
Across the Middle East and parts of Asia, henna has been used as a dye in all sorts of customs and traditions. For brides throughout this region, henna plays a crucial part in various activities related to the wedding. It is common for young women to host “henna parties” before a wedding, which is similar to the traditional American bachelorette party in some respects. The women gather together to celebrate the bride with a party that involves food, dancing, and drinks. They will also draw temporary henna tattoos on the bride and other guests.
The beautiful and intricate designs drawn on the skin are worn with pride as a representation of the love shared between the friends and family. Some brides will wear these exact same henna designs on her wedding day; others will hire photographers to take pictures at the henna party to commemorate the event. Though common in the Middle East, these customs have spread outward and can be found in communities across the world.
Bring in the Happy Couple
All cultures have some variation of introducing the married couple after the official ceremony has ended and the reception and celebration are about to begin. In America, for example, the bridal party will often be announced by an emcee before the reveal of the new Mr. and Mrs. Another interesting custom comes out of Lebanon, where a dance called the zaffe is conducted. This dance is also done in anticipation of the couple’s entrance, often by a group of professional dancers instead of wedding-party members.
There are variations on the zaffe all around the Middle East and surrounding areas. In Saudi Arabia, where men and women celebrate the event in separate halls, the dance might be conducted twice by two separate troupes of dancers. However, this is often the only time of the night when the bride and groom are seen together by the guests. Instead, the bride spends much of her time with her female guests, who are allowed to wear more extravagant garb than normal due to the segregation of the wedding and lack of need for religious coverings.
A Quick Dip in Some Skim
Weddings can be stressful. In Morocco, some customs help brides-to-be take rest and self-care routines to another level. The Moroccan milk bath is an old tradition and one that may date back to the days of Cleopatra. On a symbolic level, the bath is meant to purify the woman and her body. On a scientific level, the fat of the milk softens the skin and helps to relieve tension. Flowers and other fragrant items are added to the bath to create an aromatic experience that allows for a bit of true serenity.
Wedding customs around the world might vary wildly, but all center around celebrations of love. Whether you’re planning for your own nuptials or simply curious to learn more about the weird and wonderful habits of the human race, there are plenty of interesting tidbits to discover.
Smart Tips for Your Wedding-Day Suit
If you plan to wear the always fashionable suit at your wedding, read on to learn more about the various options to gain a better understanding.
Suits are a classic wedding attire choice. With the right cut and tailoring, they can be expertly fashioned to flatter a wide range of body types. If you plan to get married in a suit but aren’t familiar with their design details, take heart. Understanding the anatomy of this timeless ensemble can assist you in making the best apparel choice for your big day.
Suiting 101: A Basic Breakdown
Esquire writer Hans Aschim diagrams a suit’s components in a May 2018 piece. As a key detail, jacket lapels define the suit’s overall look. Most fall into one of three categories:
- Notch, the classic tightly angled lapel
- Peak, cut out and point up to the shoulders
- Shawl, a smooth lapel with no notches
Vents are constructed in the back of a jacket and permit the wearer freedom of movement. A single vent in the center is the most common. Meanwhile, double-vent styles place one on each side seam and can be more comfortable for some individuals.
A suit’s drop refers to the difference between the jacket’s chest measurement and the trousers’ waist size. The average drop is usually 6 inches, but that number can be higher for folks with wider shoulders and narrower waists. Conversely, it can be lower in portly individuals with larger waistlines.
Finally, the “break” refers to the amount of trouser fabric hem gathering at the shoe. He Spoke Style describes the various trouser breaks typically available and the looks they create. No break or a slight break style are modern and fashion-forward, while medium and full breaks tend to be more conservative.
Looking Great Begins With Correct Suit Fit
Tailors can expertly alter a garment to your dimensions, but there are key areas in which proper fit is essential in the first place. As Art of Manliness points out, jacket shoulders are notoriously difficult to alter. It’s also hard to modify a trouser seat that’s too loose, fix sleeves attached at an incorrect angle, or make extreme adjustments to a jacket’s closure or bottom hem.
GQ’s editors discuss an ideal fit in an October 2015 article. Many wearers overestimate their jacket sizes, so you should select yours as true to your body size as possible. Your jacket’s shoulder seams should end right at your shoulder blades. Make sure that the jacket’s lapels lie flat on your chest when it’s buttoned. Ideally, the jacket should also fit snuggly around your torso. Your trousers must sit at your natural waist, with legs that aren’t baggy or excessively wide and hems ending around the tops of your shoes.
Pay Attention to Vital Details
Structure and fit are important when you’re shopping for suits. To guide you in fine-tuning your look, Martha Stewart Weddings provides some useful tips. First, you should choose items that align with your typical style. Super-trendy selections aren’t usually a good idea unless they’re already part of your everyday fashion. Next, keep in mind that neutral shades such as gray, tan, navy, or black easily complement or match other colors. Choose your fabrics according to the season, saving wool and cashmere for cooler weather and lighter options such as linen and seersucker for summer. If you find the world of alterations a little confusing, the editors recommend carrying a “cheat sheet” to help you communicate with your tailor. Jackets should nip at the waist but avoid pulling on its buttons. Ask for shirt sleeve hems that extend ¼ inch below your jacket sleeve when your arms are at your sides. Ideally, trouser hems should graze your shoelaces.
Suits are a perennial sartorial staple, with a wide range of customization options for nearly any wearer. With carefully chosen details such as cut, fit, fabric, and color, this expertly tailored garment is an important foundation of your wedding-day look.
Planning for a Wedding? Use These Financial Tips To Save
If you are planning to wed in the near future, consider these financial suggestions in order to help you save and budget for your big day.
Recent financial reports state the average cost of a wedding in Canada is about $29,450, according to WeddingWire. This number is quite high, especially when considering that younger couples make slightly less income than previous generations when weighted against inflation. Whether you plan on holding a lavish event or an intimate gathering, it is important to save enough money for your big day. If you’ve still got a bit of time before you walk down the aisle, it is wise to look into different tactics for setting funds aside. Explore these financial suggestions and learn how to save for your upcoming wedding.
Setting Financial Goals and a Budget
Having a general desire to save money is often not enough of a motivator to turn the idea into a reality. Therefore, financial experts often suggest setting goals to see greater success. Having a tangible objective to work toward can make it a lot easier for you to measure the process and determine whether or not you’re on the right path. In this scenario, your ultimate goal is to save for your wedding. To simplify matters even more, set smaller goals along the way, like saving enough for a venue deposit and similar early planning expenses.
As you create goals, you also want to set a budget for the event. Without a firm budget to work from, you run the risk of spending way more than you can afford. Do not let the national average of almost $30,000 per wedding intimidate you. It is entirely possible to set a much smaller budget and still have a fantastic event. To be as accurate as possible with your budget, talk to your partner about topics like how many guests to invite, specific traditions that need to be included, and whatever else will dictate your available funds.
There is a rising issue with debt in Canada at the moment. In 2019, financial experts reported that roughly 47% of Canadians claimed to be living with unmanageable levels of debt. If this sounds familiar, you may wonder how it is even possible to pay for a wedding. While you shouldn’t let your financial obligations hold you back from making important life decisions, paying down your existing debt can be a good idea. Making higher consistent payments and paying off whatever possible can improve your credit score and increase your odds of being approved for a loan.
On the topic of credit cards, it can also be useful to look into the various reward programs you are enrolled in. Putting wedding-related purchases on cards with advantageous reward systems can do wonders for your finances. For example, it is entirely possible with some credit companies to earn enough points on wedding purchases to pay for the expenses related to a honeymoon. Take a look at your credit cards and see which option will yield you the best long-term results to make the most out of your available finances.
To accommodate a big expense like a wedding, you need to make adjustments to the way you go about your everyday routine. The less you spend on a daily basis, the more you will have to work with for your wedding. If you and your partner order food a lot, make a concerted effort to cook at home instead. Find the changes in your routine that will yield the biggest results. You might not be able to pay for the whole event with the money you save from cutting back on to-go coffee, but the additional funds will help.
Though it might seem impossible to save enough money for the wedding of your dreams, there are strategies that can improve your odds. By creating a budget early, you will be able to make the right adjustments to your spending habits in order to accommodate the many expenses related to your big day.
Like Rocks? The Geode Wedding Trend May Be Right for You!
Many couples are opting for a geode or rock theme to their wedding, which can be a simple yet elegant way to theme your wedding.
It can often be difficult to predict which style trends are going to catch on. This is especially true when it comes to fads surrounding weddings. If you’ve been paying attention to various style guides, magazines, and blogs, you may have noticed that rocks, crystals, and geodes are becoming quite popular in regard to wedding décor. There is something simple and elegant to a geode design, meaning you may be curious about how you can infuse special rocks into the décor when the time comes for you to walk down the aisle.
You don’t need to excavate a quarry to add some rocking bits of stone to your event. Simply take a look at these ideas and see if the geode wedding trend is a good fit for you and your partner.
Breaking Ground With Your Geode Theme
When you’re looking to infuse your event with a particular theme, it can be a good idea to introduce the theme as early as possible. This means figuring out a clever way to get the idea of rocks and geodes across in your invitations. This does not need to be a complicated or involved project. In fact, you may be able to introduce the idea in a very straightforward and understated way. Some couples use text for this goal, using clever phrases like “Rock On” or “You Are My Rock.”
One of the easiest ways to make this happen is by selecting stationery that helps to mimic the texture of a geode. Since this theme is popular at the moment, you can bet that there are some amazing examples of these types of invitations online. Whether you opt for an invitation that uses watercolors to capture the beauty of the inside of a geode or you go for a different approach, using your invitations to give guests a first impression of your theme is a must.
Finer Details Matter
While making an early impression with your theme can help guests get a feel for what you’re planning, there are plenty of other areas to think over to give your geode wedding the right touches. Some couples get very creative with this aspect. On Pinterest, there are plenty of exciting ideas, including table number settings that are prominently displayed on geodes. Ideas like this can really help to showcase your theme in simple, elegant ways. Plus, you can give these rocks away to guests at the end of the night for even more fun.
Rocks and crystals come in various shapes and sizes. This can easily be used to your advantage when you’re trying to plan out your décor. Try to mix and match precious stones in clever ways to see how you can get the most out of your theme. From stone napkin rings to small pieces of stone jewelry at each place setting, there are some really engaging ways to feature your style and keep guests interested all the while.
A Soft Glow
Some rock-based items are perfectly suited for a geode wedding. Himalayan pink-sea-salt lamps, for example, are used to purify rooms and create a soft, welcoming glow. Using these lamps around your reception space may help to light your event with low lights and a serene atmosphere. Both traditional bulb lamps and sea-salt candle holders are available, so see which might help your event truly stand out.
Wedding trends tend to come and go, but there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of one that appeals to your sensibilities. If you think a geode wedding theme is the right fit for you and your partner, now is a great time to learn more. Do your research, and see how you can take this theme and bring it to life when you tie the knot.
Excellent Reasons To Delay Your Honeymoon
There are many smart reasons to delay your honeymoon, from reducing anxiety to putting yourself in a better financial place.
A honeymoon is the long-awaited vacation most couples look forward to when planning the ins and outs of their weddings. Though this trip marks the first official adventure a couple embarks upon after tying the knot, it can also cause a lot of frustration and stress. Planning a wedding can take a lot out of a couple, and trying to plan a honeymoon on top of it all can often seem like a daunting, if not outright impossible, task to accomplish. One way to alleviate some of the headache is by opting to take a delayed honeymoon.
By pushing back your vacation, you stand to benefit a lot more from the rest and relaxation involved, and give yourself peace of mind that the honeymoon will not end up getting cancelled due to the economic shutdown currently facing most countries. Consider these reasons to delay your trip, and see whether or not this choice is a good fit for you.
A Chance To Save
The biggest and most logical reason to delay your honeymoon is financial. By waiting a bit to go off on your trip, you and your significant other are given a longer stretch of time to save money. Since weddings can be incredibly costly, you might feel like you don’t have enough budgeted to go to the destination you truly desire. Setting back your departure date can help you find the cash you need to turn your honeymoon into the dream adventure you and your partner imagined.
Most couples receive a significant number of cash gifts for their weddings. By delaying your trip, you will have a better idea of how much money you received from your friends and family members. Take a sum of money from your gifts and set it aside as your honeymoon budget. This will give you a nice chunk of change to help you start saving for your excursion. Once you feel like you’ve been able to set aside enough additional funds, it is time to begin planning for your honeymoon.
Time To Focus
Planning two events at once can be a lot to accomplish. Even the most organized of individuals might feel overwhelmed trying to contact vendors, select floral arrangements, create guest lists, and plan a vacation to another country. You want your honeymoon to be well thought out, meaning you need to devote your full attention to making it worth your while. When your attention is split between planning a wedding and a honeymoon, it stands to reason both events are going to fall short of what you are aiming to achieve.
Delaying your journey gives you the opportunity to separate your wedding from your vacation. Whether you opt to delay your departure by a few weeks, a few months, or even an entire year, you can benefit greatly by moving it back a bit. Doing this will help you dedicate more time to planning every detail of your trip. The extra time might even give you the chance to find deals and discounts you would have otherwise missed out on by rushing right into the trip.
Enjoy Your Lives Together
Finally, pushing back your honeymoon is ideal because you will actually have a bit of “real” time with your partner. While your vacation might be a great way to unwind after the chaos of planning your wedding, it will only be a matter of time before you’re thrust back into your daily lives. By delaying your trip, you and your partner are given the chance to live together as a married couple for a bit. This can make the experience even sweeter, as it gives you both something to look forward to together.
Your honeymoon is a crucial event following your big day. Before planning your vacation, take time to think about whether you might be able to benefit by delaying it for a little while after your wedding has occurred.
To Your Health! Combating Stress Before Your Wedding
Effectively combating stress during the wedding planning process is essential so that you remain healthy and keep your immune system strong.
Let’s face it: Wedding planning is both fun and stressful. You have budgets to follow, vendors to hire, deadlines to meet, and details to wrangle before you can pull your big day together. Illness makes achieving these goals more difficult, so it’s important to do what you can to remain healthy. Stress is often a contributing factor when we get sick, so combating stress can help you stay healthy in the months before you tie the knot.
Good or Bad Stress?
Medical professionals describe two types of stress: good stress and bad stress. The former, also called eustress, can prepare us to handle positive events and challenges. Healthline lists several examples, including starting a new job, having a child, purchasing a home, and of course, getting married. Nervous excitement is a telltale sign that you’re experiencing eustress, and the key is making it work for you. Healthline suggests getting regular exercise, trying new activities, and edging yourself out of your comfort zone. These practices can help you use the extra motivation and energy to accomplish your goals.
Stress and Your Health
When many people talk about stress and its negative impacts on health, they’re referring to distress. Canada.com’s body and health section mentions several common stress-related health issues such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, weakened immunity, mental health issues, and even heart disease. Distress also puts people at risk for gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, teeth grinding, strokes, and eating disorders.
Just like positive stress, the negative kind also manifests emotionally. It usually kicks in when we perceive that the demands on us are greater than our ability to handle them. We experience symptoms such as a faster heart rate and rapid breathing, but Mayo Clinic describes other physical responses such as blood sugar spikes, decreased hunger, and altered immune responses. When experienced repeatedly over a long time, it increases the probability of getting sick.
Tips for Combating Stress
Bad stress can come from many sources. Global News’ Meghan Collie reveals that workplace-related stress is so common that the World Health Organization considers job burnout as an official medical diagnosis. Planning a wedding can feel like a full-time job, especially with so many to-dos and deadlines. It, too, can lead to burnout for the same reason: the demands placed on us appearing greater than what we can handle.
Brides writer Stefania Sainato offers several useful suggestions for combating stress related to your nuptials. First, you and your partner should decide on the three most important aspects of your event and tackle those first. Deadlines are another stress-inducing detail, so set reasonable ones for completing items on your wedding to-do list. That means including some extra time for emergencies or other unexpected events. Getting assistance from friends, family, and wedding party members helps you feel less overwhelmed. Finally, consider hiring professional help if you’ve got room for it in your budget. A professional planner or day-of coordinator can also ease your load and accomplish some of your planning tasks.
Self-Care in Stressful Times
While you’re taking steps for better wedding planning and combating stress, don’t forget about helpful self-care practices. Sainato stresses the importance of taking a break. Stepping away from planning lets you clear your mind and enjoy some well-deserved downtime with friends, family, and your partner. Exercise can help you release some of your pent-up anxiety, so choose fun activities that match your physical abilities. In the meantime, be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat a well-balanced diet with a wide range of nutritious food.
Whether good or bad, planning a wedding can increase your stress levels. There’s no shame in feeling overwhelmed, but you do have ways of fighting back. Recognizing when you’re stressed out and taking steps to mitigate it will help you stay healthy before and after the big day.