What Not to do: Wedding Planning

Hi Everyone!

So maybe you are in the same boat as me and my fiancé and you are planning a wedding. If so then you will understand what I am about to say next: Weddings are STRESSFUL!

Don’t get me wrong, weddings are wonderful, beautiful and happy occasions. I am so happy to be marrying the love of my life in a few months time, but they are difficult to plan. In light of this, I thought I would make a list of all the things I have learned NOT to do during the process of planning. Perhaps it will save you some headaches.

  1. Don’t freak out. Yes there is a lot going on and lots to do, but don’t panic. It will get done. Freaking out only upsets you and your partner.
  2. Don’t plan it alone. You may be tempted to take the world upon your shoulders to make the day perfect. Don’t kill yourself through the stress. Instead choose some trusted people (parents, friends, bridesmaids, etc.) and ask them to help with certain tasks. Get the groom involved too! Maybe he is really into a certain portion of the wedding planning in which case, let him be the king of that area. For example, my guy loves music, so he is the boss of the wedding playlist.
  3. Don’t stress eat. Girl. You need to fit that dress! Don’t eat to relieve the stress of planning. Reduce the planning stress and eat healthy!
  4. Don’t go gym crazy! Girl. You don’t need to lift the groom over the threshold… Don’t exercise so much that it consumes your life and makes you look like someone your groom won’t recognize. Exercise enough to stay healthy and just choose a few areas to work on if you are concerned.
  5. Don’t chain yourself to planning. Do other things too. Your wedding is important, but so is your job, your school work, taking your dog on a walk…
  6. Don’t forget to enjoy it. God-willing, this will be your first and only wedding. Enjoy the experience of planning your special day and cherish the moments with your significant other. Make beautiful memories of this special time!

There you have it! 6 no-nos when planning your wedding. I’m sure there are tons more but I’m still learning as I go!

-Katie

Share your wedding planning No-Nos in a comment below!

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Walking the Walk: Part 3

This is long overdue, but I feel like this an appropriate day to post this one considering the next thing I want to talk about here. I think its really important to go to church if you want to have a healthy spiritual life. There are a few ideas that are summed up in the act of going to church that are important for us to discuss. Firstly, it is so important to be feeding your spiritual life. Going to church is a great way to do this because you get to be taught new things about your faith, you can have community with believers of all ages, and it provides many opportunities to serve others. Secondly, it continues to build up the body of Christ. We all have unique talents that God has given us and these talents can be used to build each other up as well as each other’s faith. When we build others up, we can do amazing things with God’s help. As a team, we can use our unique abilities to start programs for unprivileged people, help relieve global catastrophes, and so much more. Thirdly, going to church is one of the many ways we can praise and worship God. Check out this Psalm:  Continue reading “Walking the Walk: Part 3”

This Tree Won’t Bend

Considering some of the posts I have made in the past, I bet you already know that I have a boyfriend. He is wonderful in so many ways and I am so blessed to have him in my life. With this being said, some of my past relationships haven’t been too great. For this reason and some others, I really wanted to talk to you guys about standing firm in your convictions. I’m still figuring out a lot of things about relationships, but I realize now that there are somethings that you can’t bend on if you want to have a happy, healthy relationship. Just to be clear, I think compromise  is incredibly important for both partners to be able to do. However, there are some things that should not be compromised. Let’s get into them! Continue reading “This Tree Won’t Bend”

Walking the Walk: part 2

I’m just going to go ahead and start with one of the biggest problems I saw before becoming a Christian: Read the Bible.

If you are going to claim the things that are professed in the Christian faith (which all come from the Bible) then you better read it. Now, I am not saying to read the whole entire thing in one sitting. That would be madness as it is a pretty big collection of books (66 if you are in the Protestant stream or up to 81 if you are in some Orthodox streams). The point is to make an effort to actually know what you believe in. In any Philosophy class you attend, one of the very first things you learn is to have good reasons for the things you believe. I think its fair to say this stretches into the realm of religion or faith too.  Continue reading “Walking the Walk: part 2”

Guardians & Such

Despite the violence, language and sexual escapades of Marvel’s new film, The Guardians of the Galaxy, I still find something in it worth writing about. Many beliefs and values in the Christian life can be found in pop culture and it is the essence of the characters, and that of super heroes in general that invoke spiritual themes here. Since God is the source of everything good, in order for there to be good reflected anywhere, an aspect of God must be present.

In this specific film, the characters and overarching theme is riddled with aspects of the Christian walk that we each aspire to. Continue reading “Guardians & Such”

Walking the Walk: Part 1

A few weeks ago I did a series called “Mind and Body”. This series was about taking care of your mental and physical health so that you are able to function well, and serve God and others to the best of your ability. I understand that not all of you reading are Christians, but feel free to read these posts anyway. If at the very least, those posts centred around having a healthy body and mind which everyone should strive to have. This new series, “Walking the Walk”, is about living a healthy spiritual life. Again, I understand that some of you do not believe in God and may think that Christians are hypocrites. I’m not going to give an argument for or against either of these ideas right now, but please do keep reading if you want. Even if you do not believe, the posts in this series could give you some insight into what I strive to do to have a healthy spiritual life or in other words, a healthy relationship with God. I also believe that the concepts discussed in this series are an important part of every Christian’s life. This does not mean that everyone does these things or doesn’t mess up once in awhile. I am not professing to be perfect and I mess up a lot. However, over the next few weeks I am hoping to share what I think “Walking the walk” looks like for Christians from a biblical perspective.

Have an awesome weekend!

Katie

How do you walk your walk?