The stress of planning a wedding may have many brides saying, “I’ll be glad when this is over!” But once your wedding has passed and the honeymoon is over, you are not alone if you feel post-wedding blues. Let’s face it, you have probably spent the last year or so, making important decisions, contacting vendors, and becoming close to your wedding planner. You may have loved trying on your dream wedding dresses, and finding the prefect accessories. You appreciated that everyone wanted to know how the wedding planning was going, and you were so happy you got to spend time with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while. During the whole process, you relished being the center attention and receiving so much love. Of course as a newly married bride, you should be overjoyed because you will now be with the love of your life forever! However, if you still feel a slight void after your wedding, here is some advice to help you get over the post-wedding blues.
1) Explore your talents: During the wedding planning process, you may have discovered that you have a talent, such as arts and crafts, especially if you planned your wedding. Join Pinterest and look for new arts and crafts projects for your house. Join a cooking class, a dance class, or a painting class. If you’ve wanted to write a book, go ahead and do it. Find activities that will stimulate your creativity. While you are planning the wedding, start think of activities you want to do after your big day. This way you will not give yourself too much lag time after the wedding to feel depressed.
2) Continue to workout and eat healthy: Many brides watch what they eat and work out to get toned for their wedding day, and afterwards they lose motivation. Do your best to keep your workout routine going. If you are having trouble, ask your partner to help keep you on track or get a workout buddy to hold you accountable. In addition, use the time you spent planning your wedding to look up healthy recipes and practice perfecting them. Looking and feeling healthy will help you stay happy.
3) Plan date nights: Sit down with your significant other and create a list of things you want to do and places you want to go. Now you can focus your energy on planning how you will do those things. Instead of thinking of the past, be optimistic and look towards your future.
4) Organize your house: You may have gotten plenty of gifts from your registry. So keep yourself busy by organizing your home and figuring out where to place things. Take back gifts that may be duplicates or that you do not need. Write your thank you cards. This will definitely help keep your mind busy.
5) Volunteer: A great way to refocus yourself and learn to be grateful is to help others who are less fortunate. Find a charity that you and your partner can volunteer for. It will help you get over your blues; it will be a great bonding experience with your partner, and you will make a difference.
6) Remember your marriage is much more than your wedding: Hopefully you have invested in good photography and videography so you will be able to relive your wedding day anytime you want. However, a marriage isn’t about the glam of the wedding day. Enjoy being with the person you love and remember you will continue to have awesome moments. Remember, you can also plan activities for your anniversaries. For example, if you want to feel as glamorous as you did on your wedding day, think of doing an anniversary photo-shoot, or a bridal portrait shoot so you can wear your dress one last time. But really be grateful that you have found “the one” and look forward to the new memories you will create!