Akin to the feeling of the day after Christmas, after your wedding, you may be feeling a little sad or down. You're thrilled to be married to your soulmate, but after spending months of all-consuming planning and anticipation leading up to the best day of your lives, it's understandable that when it's all over you might feel at a loss.
Here are 5 things you and your husband can do to fill the wedding-planning void and cheer you up for months to come!
Plan date nights
Make date night plans at least a couple of nights a month for the 6-month period following your wedding. This will give you something to look forward to during the long workweeks and can be a fun project to research different types of date activities. Make reservations at the restaurants you've been dying to try, take a cooking class, or go see a play, live music, comedy show or sporting event. There are so many potential ideas out there, so take turns planning and have fun and romantic nights together!
Cook with all your new registry items
Chances are your kitchen is now stocked with some amazing new cookware, electrics, cutlery, bakeware, and entertaining essentials. So stop getting takeout and start saving and cooking recipes you previously would have been too intimidated to try. Besides having fun spending time together in the kitchen, now you and your hubby can also entertain and host the dinner party of your dreams for friends and family!
Re-decorate your home
Whether or not you lived together before the wedding, after you're married is the perfect time to look at your home with a fresh set of eyes. You want your home to reflect your style as a couple and re-decorating is a project you can both get behind. While there will inevitably be compromises, find design inspiration you both agree upon and then tackle the projects together. Go to flea markets or antique fairs on the weekend for unique finds, hang up art or pictures from the wedding, and style your space with all your new registry items!
Join a team or club
Most cities have multiple rec leagues offering fun team sports like softball, volleyball, dodgeball and kickball! This is a great way to be active, meet new friends and have something social to look forward to each week. If sports aren't your thing, try joining a trivia team at a local bar or pub. For a little more culture, start or join a club with your other coupled friends, like a monthly book, documentary or cookbook club.
Giving back to your communities or to an organization you care about is incredibly rewarding and a great use of freed up time and energy. There are so many ways to volunteer now through a combination of giving time, money and skills! Help raise money for a charity, staff a local animal shelter or event or use some of your skills! Many couples today can work with non-profits on pro-bono business activities, or mentor underprivileged youth by helping with school work or college applications.
Style Me Pretty Contributor – Julia Hurwitz is a freelance writer and Marketing Manager based in New York City. Her interests include travel, global craft, healthy baking, entertaining and exploring the outdoors.