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!

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”

When Mama and Papa don’t have money in the bank: Dates ideas for students

After having a stressful day at work, I thought it would be fun to write about something light and enjoyable. As many of you may know, I am a university student. This means I am broke. However, being broke does not mean you can’t have fun with your significant other! A big part of being able to do things with your partner might include a little extra work on your part. It might involve saving your pennies for a special day out, collecting coupons, searching your local newspaper for free events, or being extra creative. Whatever it may include, the extra effort you put in to have a good time with your gal or stud is well worth it. Here are some fun ideas that are inexpensive or FREE!

  1. Have a board game night with homemade pizza.
  2. Create a photo scavenger hunt together and hit the town to complete it.
  3. Watch a movie series together.
  4. Watch a movie together and create your own dubbing while the sound is muted.
  5. See if your library or community center provides people with free passes to museums or art galleries.
  6. Keep an eye out for coupons for restaurants you love or subscribe by e-mail to those restaurants.
  7. Have a garage sale and use the money you make to go on a date.
  8. Volunteer together.
  9. See what specials Groupon has going.
  10. Go out with a group of friends and split the cost.
  11. Create a painting together.
  12. Write a story together.
  13. Swim at the community pool.
  14. Visit the library and find the weirdest book you can find.
  15. Do a puzzle together.
  16. Visit a thrift store and create outfits for each other, try them on, and show each other.
  17. Write a blog together.
  18. Start a vegetable garden.
  19. Play 20 questions.
  20. Dance to some music!

These are just a few ideas, but brainstorming new inexpensive ideas with your partner can be fun too! 

What was the most enjoyable date you went on? Do you have an inexpensive date idea?

Until next time,

Katie

When your Bonnie lies over the ocean.

So I’m sure this has happened to everyone at one point in their lives. Your significant other has gone on a trip and you were unable to go with them. At this point you might, feel like you don’t know what to do. Suddenly, you might have a lot of time on your hands because you spent a lot of time with them or you might miss their warm embrace. This recently happened to me as my boyfriend travelled to England for a conference. It was difficult for more than one reason, but especially because he has a very old school phone and we could not talk at all. Luckily, he is back in the country, but will be unable to see each other for another two weeks. So here I am writing to you and have some suggestions for you the next time this situation happens to you! Continue reading “When your Bonnie lies over the ocean.”