Wedding season is winding down and after the champagne has lost it’s bubble and the dress is hanging in the closet you may find yourself feeling blue…it’s true! Once the big day has come and gone, the spotlight is removed and many couples (up to 1 in 10) go through some sort of “depression” referred to as “postnuptial depression”. Part of the problem is unrealistic expectations of married life and the other is just the sense that life has gotten “back to normal” and that there is “nothing to look forward to”. Some brides feel a gap in their day to day life and wonder where to focus their extra time and energy when not planning the big day!
So what do you do if you’re feeling blue? Here are some helpful tips to make sure you have a happy, stress free time after the wedding:
1) Redirect your energy on each other! Plan date nights, and activities, with more time available now that the wedding plans are through, plan to spend quality time together!
2) Get plenty of rest and eat right…nothing fends off the blues like a happy healthy body!
3) Plan dinner parties, and gatherings with friends and family! All these new found event planning skills need not go to waste! Plan a dinner party, Halloween party or other!
4) Throw out those wedding magazines or donate them to the “next bride”, don’t dwell on the wedding, move forward and start to focus on all of these wonderful things in your married future that you have to look forward to such as children, traveling, renovations perhaps!
5) Remind yourself that all of your spouses annoying habits are not going to magically disappear after the “I do’s”. That married life is not a fairytale but a promise…a promise to love and cherish each other, to support and honor…remember that communication is key and that together you are a great team! Your life has just begun…enjoy!
For no other reason then to drool….enjoy!
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Or make your own…Check out this extensive checklist I have found courtesy of: www.whathappensnow.com
In Your Purse or Maid of Honor’s Purse
Keep essential items on hand in a bag or purse.
2. Cell phone (be sure to turn it off before the ceremony!)
3. Dental floss (for all those photos!)
4. Emery board
5. Extra panty hose
6. Hair spray
10. Mirror (small and portable)
11. Perfume, travel size
12. Legal documents needed
Other items to have handy at your “getting ready location”
1. Baby powder (useful for getting out last-minute spills on a white dress)
2. Bobby pins and hair elastics
3. Brush and comb
4. Clear nail polish (also helpful for stocking runs)
5. Corsage pins
6. Cotton balls/swabs
7. THE DRESS!
8. Extra earring backs
9. Extra pair of flat shoes
12. Lint brush
14. Nail polish in the bride’s shade
16. Sewing kit:
* Hem tape
* Safety pins
* Small scissors
* Straight pins
* Thread that matches the wedding/bridal parties dresses.
17. Shoe polish that matches wedding parties shoes
19. Spot remover (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
20. Static-cling spray
21. Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick)
22. “Throwaway” garter
23. White chalk (to cover any stains on the dress)
24. Wrinkle out spray (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
To Take with you on the go….
27. Band-aids (that best match your skin tone)
28. Contact lens solution/cases
30. Dental floss
31. Eye drops
32. Insect repellent (for outdoor ceremonies or events – be sure it smells nice!)
35. Moist towelettes
37. Smelling salts
39. Tampons or pads
40. Toothbrush and toothpaste
42. Wash cloth or hand towel
43. Bug spray (be sure it has leaves no spots and has no smell or smells nice)
44. Extra flowers (in case of sun wilting)
45. Handkerchief for dabbing sweat
46. Sunglasses (pre- and post-ceremony)
47. Cash ($20 – you never know what you’ll need it for)
49. Disposable camera
50. Driver’s license or photo I.D. card
51. Duct tape (good for any handy repairs)
52. Extra copies of directions to your reception
53. Important phone numbers:
* Wedding party
* Wedding vendors
* Taxi company
54. Notebook and pens
55. Portable flashlight
56. Roll of quarters (phones, parking meters, vending machines, etc.)
57. Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
Wishing all our brides the best of luck on their big day!
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I’ve just returned from a fabulous 2 week vacation…to be honest…I didn’t do much of anything…I stayed right here in Vancity…I spent time with family, boating, hiking and soaking up the beautiful West Coast Scenery. In celebration of my West Coast adventures…please enjoy this weeks Mood Board.