Whether you're planning your wedding in eight months or 18, you'll hit a point where you just want a little break from the linen colors, table assignments, and tastings (okay... maybe not the tastings). Don't let the to-do lists stop you from focusing on the reason you're having a wedding: to start your marriage! You may want to keep the romance alive, take a chance to get up and stretch your legs, or just forget about the details for a little while and have some fun. No matter how much time you've got, here are some of our favorite ideas for a wedding planning break.
1. Take few hours off.
Down to the wire with your list of last-minute tasks? Take a breather. Go for a walk around the block, head into town for a beer or an ice cream, or get dinner after work before you get back to the grind. Leave the planning binder at home — it will be there when you get back!
2. Spend an unplugged evening.
If you've just got a night to unwind, really go for it. Turn off your phones, order takeout from your favorite restaurant, mix up your go-to cocktails, and snuggle up on the couch to watch your favorite movie. Looking for a break from your standard "relax in front of the TV" session? How about challenging your fiancé to a board game battle. A wedding will be the last thing on your mind when you're counting that Monopoly money!
3. Plan a luxe stay-cation.
Get out of the house and spend a night or two at a swanky downtown hotel. Get dressed up and have dinner on the town, then grab a drink at the bar. Take advantage of those soft sheets and thick comforters and sleep in, then order room service for breakfast in bed. While you're at it, why not indulge in a couple's massage at the hotel spa?
4. Head out of town for an active weekend away.
If you have a few days to spare, take a quick trip that will get your blood flowing. Head to the mountains for a ski weekend, tackle new heights on a hiking and camping trip, or pop down to Bermuda (just a few hours' flight from New York City!) for snorkeling and long walks on the beach. A change of scenery will do wonders to clear your head — consider it a pre-honeymoon!
5. Schedule a weekly refresher.
Early on in the planning process? Now's the time to schedule a weekly date with no wedding talk allowed. Whether Taco Tuesday becomes your planning-free-zone, you meet up for lunch on Thursdays, or Saturday brunch is totally off-limits, scheduling a time where you intentionally don't talk about the wedding will give you a few hours to focus on each other.