You've spent practically a year of your life planning and prepping and pinning away, but now that the big day is finally done you're like a lost puppy with no purpose moping around. Who knew you'd actually miss having this huge, crazy stressful event to plan? The good news is, you're definitely not alone. A lot of brides experience what experts dub the post-wedding blues, and for many women, the best way to get out of the slump was finding a new project or goal to set their sights on. Whether it's taking up a new hobby or tackling an interior design remodel, here are 7 ways to fill the void post-wedding.
1. Try to get your wedding published
One surefire way to fill that empty space in your heart after the wedding has come and gone is to relive it through photos and videos, advises Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. "Savor the finer moments on a romantic evening with your honey or even alone in your happy place." And if you have the opportunity to get your wedding published, by all means go for it! "Seeing your story on the pages of your favorite wedding magazine or blog is bound to keep the happy memories going on long past the wedding date." You can also work on creating the perfect wedding photo book keepsake, which is no easy feat!
2. Take up a new hobby
Jessica Janik, Founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid, highly suggests trying something you've always wanted to conquer, such as an art, cooking, cake baking or even jewelry making class. And if you think you'll be down in the dumps post-wedding, set it up to start immediately after you get hitched (around two weeks should be good, Janik says). "This way, you can dive right into the new activity before the depression ever has a chance to set in."
3. Host the ultimate dinner party
In other words, become the hostest with the mostest! Once you've planned a wedding, coordinating any other small event will feel like a piece of cake, notes newlywed and event planner and designer Kristine Cholakian Cooke of Simply Charming Socials. "Put your Pinterest boards, registry gifts and entertaining skills to use by hosting gatherings at your home. Take advantage of smaller 'holidays' such as awards season and the Super Bowl or invite friends over for a just-because dinner party." Great food, a beautifully set table and a group of your besties will be the perfect cure for that post-wedding void, she tells us.
4. Set new career, financial and family goals
Chances are, your career may have suffered slightly during the intensive wedding planning period. Thus, now would be a great time to reorganize and refocus and start thinking about your short-term career and financial goals, particularly if you plan on having kids soon, points out wedding planner Chandra Keel, owner of Chandra Keel Events. Hoping to get pregnant ASAP? Download a fertility app like Glow that lets you take the reigns by giving you something to record and track each and every day on your journey toward conceiving.
5. Help your BFF plan her big day
Let the wedding planning begin again! Since you've just been through the process yourself you can show her the ropes, says Cooke. "It's a great way to direct your design urges, flex your planning muscles and get involved with another creative and sentimental project, while ultimately remaining stress-free. It's not your budget or wedding party drama after all." Anthony Taccetta from Anthony Taccetta Event Design agrees. Pay it forward! Reach out to a friend or family member that is planning an upcoming event and offer to help using your newfound knowledge, he recommends. "Take on a select few tasks that you feel confident you can execute flawlessly."
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6. Get the house in order
If registry gifts are still everywhere post-wedding, it's time to clean house. "Invest in the art of organization and homemaking by sorting through your items, putting away new ones and donating or selling the rest," advises Cooke. "This clean slate can lead to inspiration for decorating or renovating your home." In fact, now that you're a Pinterest pro, Chancey Charm Charlotte wedding planner Miranda Tassi suggests channeling those skills toward your house. "Perhaps there's a decorating or remodeling project you and your new hubby are interested in and Pinterest is, of course, the perfect tool for things like this."
7. Reconnect with girl friends
For Chancey Charm Memphis wedding planner Lizzy Hill, the post-wedding planning void hit her big time after she said, "I do" last May. One of the things that helped her get through however, was pouring her energy into building back up friendships that got put on the backburner thanks to wedding planning. "Let's be honest, it's easy to get caught up with floral arrangements and centerpieces and brides start to miss margarita Monday's with the girls," she says. Make more dinner dates and dates in general with gal pals to occupy your time and ward off the dreaded blues.