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Tips for Keeping Your Relationship Happy During the Wedding Planning : Brides

Tips for Keeping Your Relationship Happy During the Wedding Planning : Brides

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Photo by Getty Images by Sandy Malone Wedding planning can be a stressful business. This doesn’t mean couples can’t have fun planning together, it just means that they need to face reality from the beginning — there will be things you fight about. The bride, for example, may get frustrated when the groom doesn’t have his guest list (and that of his parents’) ready to go when she’s ready to address the invitations. The groom may think it’s absolutely ridiculous that his fiancé is insisting on dance lessons. If the bride is crafty, their house may be filled with wedding paraphernalia for months ahead. It’s a recipe for an explosion if you’re not careful. While you’re planning, it’s important to take time for yourselves too — time that doesn’t involve anything having to do with your engagement and upcoming wedding. Check out these five ideas for keeping the peace in your relationship during the engagement period: 1. Talk about things other than the weddings. Before you were engaged, you discussed work, television, news, sports — sometimes once the planning starts, the bride gets tunnel-vision and it can make her future spouse insane. Have designated “no wedding talk” nights in your house. 2. You’ve heard of “Baby-moons,” right? It’s when pregnant couples have a last hurrah together before the little bundle of joy arrives. Brides and grooms should do the same thing. You don’t have to break the bank — a weekend at a B&B or a camping trip (if that’s your thing) will give you the alone time you need to bond. See more: The...
A Vintage-Inspired Wedding Weekend in Plainfield, New Hampshire : Brides

A Vintage-Inspired Wedding Weekend in Plainfield, New Hampshire : Brides

While ring shopping together will help a bride give her groom-to-be an idea of what she likes, it also makes it harder to plan a surprise proposal, something Justin Bell learned when trying to propose to his now-wife Bethany. “It was no surprise that we’d get engaged soon,” says Bethany. “The question was how he’d do it!” In order to catch her off-guard, Justin enlisted the help of her bosses to schedule a “business meeting” on a Friday afternoon—the same day he and Bethany had a dinner date where she was convinced he would propose. “Justin figured that if I was focused on preparing for a business meeting that I wouldn’t suspect anything. He was right,” Bethany says. On October 5, 2012, Justin’s plan went seamlessly. As Bethany walked into Boston’s Petit Robert Bistro for her meeting, Justin appeared with a platter of roses — and a ring box. For their August 24, 2013 wedding, Bethany and Justin, both 33, selected Home Hill Inn in Plainfield, New Hampshire, for the weekend’s wedding events, and worked with Krystal Beauregard, the Inn’s wedding planner, to pull together all the details. They booked all 12 rooms and spent the entire weekend celebrating with family and friends. Lace curtains, dusty miller, and vintage accents added to the Inn’s already antique feel. via A Vintage-Inspired Wedding Weekend in Plainfield, New Hampshire : Brides.  ...