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POST WEDDING BLUES, IT'S A THING! How to avoid the post wedding mental crash
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elope run away secretly in order to get married. synonyms: run away to marry, run off/away together, slip away, sneak off, steal away; run off/away with a lover Whilst an elopement may by definition be a secret affair, in a modern sense it is often any wedding with just the two of you. A beach, perhaps at sunrise. Some words only for each other. No distractions, no hassles. Port Douglas Elopements looks after anyone interested in a simple low fuss wedding, even if your elopement gets 'crashed' by a few and turns into a small wedding celebration. If its easy you want, look no further.
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Wedding planner Bec McLeanÂ How long have you been planning Weddings and Events? I started Dragonfly Weddings & Events two and a half years ago, but have been organising weddings in Port Douglas since 2011. My background in events goes back to the mid 2000's when we lived in Darwin. What are your favourite venues to work at in Port Douglas? The benefit of having a wedding in Port Douglas is that we have such a variety of amazing venues to suit all tastes and budgets. We really are spoilt for choice here with private houses, rainforest, beach and park settings along with beautiful historic buildings, world class resorts and restaurants. What I love is that all of these venues can be styled differently to match the couple's ideas and theme. Is there anything that people disregard when planning a Port Douglas Wedding? What I find is that some couples have not researched the difference in seasons from their hometown to up here in Far North Queensland - our peak season generally falls in everyone else's "off season". The wedding season here generally runs from May to October, however there are weddings here all year round. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favourite wedding favour you have seen this year? I recently had gorgeous copper mugs that were used on the tables as water glasses - the colour really popped with the beautiful florals on the tables. The bride and groom also gave matching copper shot glasses to do a very special family toast during speeches honouring both fathers who had passed. How can I avoid being overwhelmed when planning a destination wedding? Hire a wedding planner - that is my job, to reduce stress in both the lead up and on the day, working in the background to ensure all goes smoothly. In the research stage I can eliminate the leg work and offer both local knowledge and qualified advice to make the right decisions for each individual couple. My mother in law will try and run the whole show, any suggestions? This can be very common and not always restricted to the mother in law!! I like to organise little jobs that keep them occupied and feeling included in the entire process to reduce stress loads on all involved.
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You have spent months planning your wedding.
Plan past the wedding – You and your fiancé have
The big day finally arrived, and it was as magical
a lot more to plan for than just your wedding. You
as you dreamt it would be. You have come back
have a whole life to plan together. In addition to
from your honeymoon ready to embrace that
having a wedding planning diary, you can also keep
newly wedded bliss, but you can’t help feeling a
a post wedding diary for marriage, financial and life
little bit flat. Don’t worry, the post-wedding blues
goals together. If you are a Pinterest bride, why not
are real, with research showing that one in ten
make folders for your future, such as holiday
newlyweds possibly experiencing depression in
destinations, home décor and any other dreams you
their first year of marriage.
It’s natural for brides to feel a little bored after the
Take time out from talking weddings – Discussing
excitement of the big day has passed. The planning
the wedding and going over the fine details may be
of a wedding can be stressful, and now you don’t
exciting and necessary, but be careful it doesn’t
have a million things to organise and occupy every
consume all of your waking moments. Try to make
spare moment of your day. It is understandable to
time on a regular basis where you and your fiancé
feel a little empty once life goes back to normal, but
refrain from any wedding related conversation.
beware if the feelings linger and start to affect other aspects of your life.
Be prepared – It would be easy to get carried away trying to make every aspect of your wedding
Research shows that one key difference between a
perfect. The solution to this is to get
happy bride and a bride with the blues, is that a
organised. The faster you finalise vendors and lock
happy bride viewed their wedding as the beginning
things in, the faster you will be able to relax and
of a new chapter, where a not so happy bride saw
enjoy the anticipation of your big day.
the wedding day as the climax. Here are some suggestions from psychologists to help prevent, and manage post wedding blues.
Expect mixed emotions – Your wedding day can
Pace yourself between drinks to avoid a
be a roller coaster of emotions, with a heady mix
hangover. Try to to establish an exercise routine
of nerves, excitement and love all rolling around
before the big day, this will help to ensure a
together. It is a big day, with lots of different
healthy glow and better quality of sleep. On your
personalities coming together. Trying to stay
honeymoon, don’t dwell on what went wrong,
focused and upbeat all day can be mentally and
focus on how great your special day was, and
physically exhausting. Expect the highs and lows,
especially on the wonderful journey you are
know they are quite normal and let them pass.
about to embark on together.
Health tips – Some hints to help control the post wedding crash. Keep hydrated, especially in the tropics.
"If you are a Pinterest bride, why not make folders for your future, such as holiday destinations, home décor and any other dreams you may share"