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by Kim Forrest
Photo by Dani Leigh Photography
Your engagement should be one of the most romantic and joyous times of your life. But sometimes, planning a wedding can have its stressful moments – and things might not be so lovey-dovey between you and your future spouse. So, this Valentine’s Day, take some time to reconnect and think of ways you and your fiancé(e) can stay connected throughout your wedding planning journey – even if you don’t always agree.
Recreate Your First Date
Get nostalgic and head back to the place where you and your future spouse first met or had your first date. Reminisce about the awkward moments, the fun you both had, and realize how far you’ve come since then.
Getting in shape for your wedding isn’t just about getting buff – it’s also about having the energy and stamina to party all night long. So start working out together – whether that means hitting the gym, taking a yoga class, or simply taking a nightly walk around the block.
Learn a First Dance
Taking dance lessons can be so romantic – even if you both have two left feet. Don’t take it too seriously, laugh often – and remember, what happens on the dance floor, stays on the dance floor!
Meet with Vendors Together
Meet with your wedding vendors as a pair whenever possible. It’s important to give your wedding vendors a glimpse of your relationship so that they can help create a wedding that suits your personalities. And you can even turn vendor meetings into date night – meet a vendor for an after-work coffee and then grab dinner at a restaurant nearby.
You and your significant other may not always be on the same page about every detail of your wedding. Maybe you want to serve halibut and chicken but he wants the steak and shrimp. Or perhaps you want a classic jazz first dance song, but he wants a more modern hit. Instead of having an all-out battle, find a way to meet in the middle. Your relationship will be stronger for it.
Take Engagement Photos
Engagement photos are a great way to get to know your future wedding photographer and get you and your future spouse comfortable in front of the camera. Plus, it’s a pretty romantic way to spend a day! Pick a spot that’s meaningful to you, and don’t be afraid to show a little PDA – you’ll love the resulting images.
Celebrate the Small Victories
As you check tasks off your wedding to-do list, allow yourself to celebrate each tiny milestone. You booked your venue – break out the Champagne! You finished your guest list – time for a cupcake!
Take a Break
Plan “wedding-free dates” where you and your significant other are not allowed to speak about the wedding for an entire evening. Whether you hit the new restaurant in town or just stay in and watch a movie, you’ll appreciate the break and talking about something other than the “w” word.
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Posted on February 07, 2014