Wedding Planning Stress? Have a Date Night!

If you are recently engaged, you understand how much time and effort it takes to coordinate a wedding. Did you ever think the planning process would add stress to your relationship? Some think diving into the nitty gritty together will be fun and exciting…only to find themselves shocked when tensions are high. You are not alone! Take regular and scheduled time away for a date night and be intentional about setting the wedding plans aside. Here’s why.

Your relationship is priority. Before your engagement, in the “honeymoon stage” of dating, you couldn’t wait to see your partner. Whether the plan was to snuggle on the couch in front of a movie or take a night out on the town, time spent together was top priority. Make sure you hang on to this idea throughout the wedding planning process. It doesn’t matter what you do – grab a cup of coffee or take a walk, just don’t discuss wedding details. This is time to focus on the two of you. Talk about work, friendships, food, dreams, and the two of you! Time together will solidify the health of your relationship, which will continue long after your wedding day is over. A relationship built on stable ground, trust, and loyalty is one that will stand the test of time. The best way to strengthen your foundation is to devote quality time together. So, put away the cell phones and get busy loving and listening to your partner. You won’t regret it!

Winter Wedding Ideas

There are so many things to love about winter – a cozy fireplace, hot cocoa, and a fresh snowfall are just the start.  If you are planning winter nuptials, here are some seasonally unique ideas that will make your guests feel like they are walking into a winter wonderland.

Let’s start with the dress. If you love the idea of a long-sleeve dress, this is your time to shine! Winter wedding dresses are usually considered classy and glamorous. This is the season to rock fur embellishments, wraps, and textured accents. You can even get away with velvet and dark colored material. The most important thing is to find a dress that is flattering, comfortable, and warm.

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Add seasonal floral arrangements. You may be surprised to discover how many bloom options are available over the winter months. Consider decorating your venue with poinsettias, roses, camellias, and carnations. These options are easy to find and offer a rich variety of eye-catching hues.

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Then, set the mood with candlelight. When the weather outside is frightful, make the inside warm and delightful. Setting a cozy mood with candlelight will make your space beautiful and inviting. Candles can be placed on your reception tables or added to the centerpiece, used along the floor to create a walkway, or hung from the ceiling for natural lighting.

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Finally, add a little comfort food.  This is the time of year to warm your guests up. Consider drinks such as apple cider, hot cocoa, coffee, or tea. Give your guests the option to keep these drinks non-alcoholic or add a shot of their favorite liquor to spice things up. Pair these warm beverages with heavier than normal appetizers such as: soups, cheese dips, mini sliders, and handheld raviolis. Then offer a main course of beef, pasta, and slow roasted vegetables. Top things off with warm apple cobbler, crème brulee, raspberry tart, and a red velvet wedding cake!

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