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!

Choosing The Best Look for Your Wedding Day

Hair up or down? Natural nails or flashy pink? Choosing your wedding day look does not have to be daunting.  If you are in the process of finding the right style, here are some tips to get the creative beauty juices flowing.

Think about how you want to be remembered in your photos.
When choosing your best look, this should be the most important question.  You will return to your wedding album to spark joyful memories for years to come. Take time to over the next week to reminisce with old photos and make beauty decisions based on your reaction to various looks.  Consider makeup, hairstyles, clothing choices, and so on. Then start asking questions like, “Do I photo better with an updo or a more natural, flowing hairstyle?” “Do I prefer pictures with makeup that creates a statement or more subtle tones?” If you find it hard to settle, grab a trusted friend and a camera to create your own photo shoot. Take as many photos as possible with as many looks as you can create. Have fun!

Let your venue be a guide.
If you are tying the knot in an upscale ballroom, opt for a formal hairstyle with accessories and makeup that suit the ambiance. However, if you have opted for a beach wedding, a fancy updo may not hold up well with wind and humidity (no matter how much hairspray you use). An outdoor wedding in the summer heat is also not the best place to layer heavy makeup. Consider the elements of your surroundings before each beauty decision you make.

Consider the time of day.
Yes, the time of day you tie the knot should make a difference in your look.  Bright lights in the morning or midday may not be the best time for a bold makeup statement. However, dim lighting through the evening hours is perfect for adding an extra touch.  Bold makeup or hair may also seem out of place for an early ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to air on the lighter side early in the day.

If you are interested in getting help from the professionals, here is a list of beauty appointments you may want to schedule before the big day.