You have been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl - the flowers, the cake, the music, the dress. From the moment he got down on one knee, cake flavors and colors have been dancing through your head. Although there may be timelines to create, dress fittings to schedule and seating charts to complete, every bride should take a step back and remember the reason behind the craziness.
Here are a handful of ways to keep the romance alive during wedding planning.
Keep Date Night, Date Night
Every week, you should both make plans to spend an evening together and not talk about wedding plans. Your plans don't have to be the same each week, but make sure you make time for alone time every week. Relive your first date or visit the places where your love first started to grow. Had a rough week? Dress down and head to a dinner and a movie. There is a time and place for wedding planning, and date night is not one of them.
Involve him in the wedding planning decisions
So many brides get caught up in the planning process they substitute the "we" for "me." While you may have been dreaming of this day far longer than he has, it's still about both of you. Your groom has just as much say in the venue, the flowers, and the food as you do. While there are many aspects of planning that you may not want to involve him in (THE DRESS!), try to make him feel special and be welcoming of his thoughts and ideas.
Celebrate the Milestones
Just because wedding planning started, doesn't mean life was put on pause. Although you may be preparing for the most beautiful day of your lives, the two of you should still be celebrating the smaller milestones of life. Did you get a promotion at work? Get all spiffed up and go out for a night on the town! Did you buy a house together? Spend your first night in your new home enjoying a bottle of wine and making a delicious dinner. No matter how big or small the occasion, don't let planning be the reason you miss out on the finer moments of life.
Have fun with it
While planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times of your life, don't let it bring you down. Enjoy these moments together. Steal a glance of your sparkling ring from time to time. Practice your first dance together. Sit down and plan your honeymoon with one another. When the vows have been said, the cake cut, the last glass of champagne drank, the wedding will be over but your life together has only just begun.
Style Me Pretty Contributor – Maureen Cromer is a wedding planner, blogger and public relations professional from Baltimore Maryland, where she lives with her fiancé and kitten. When she isn't working, you will find her running through the scenic trails of Maryland or sailing around the Wye River with her water-loving family.