March 18th, 2018


The months leading up to your wedding day are always filled with excitement. But along with excitement there is stress, planning, LOTS of planning, running around from place to place, vendor to vendor, meetings and decisions, Pinterest boards, lists… it goes on and on.

My advice to couples is to remember to stop, breathe, and take in those final months of being engaged. Don’t let wedding planning take over, but remember to make time for each other. When you’re married, life will get busier. You’re adults. You have jobs. Eventually, you may have kids. But none of that should stop you from making time for each other.

Take the months leading up your wedding and use them as a way to both reminisce and prepare for what’s to come. To get you started, here are 8 dates for you and your future hubby to go on before your wedding day!

1. Redo Your First Date

Whether it was a movie date, dinner date, a night in the city, redo your first date! If it was a movie date, you can either rewatch the same movie at home or go to the theater and see a new one. If it was a dinner date, visit the same restaurant and order the same thing. Take it all back to where it started. Can you believe that first date was one of the first steps that led you to where you are now? You’re getting MARRIED! Don’t forget where it all started!

2. Go on a date of HER choice

Yes, her choice. That means that HE doesn’t get an opinion. Do you want to go shopping? A spa? A day trip to a place you love? WHATEVER it is, do it. It’s great for couples to spend time doing what the other loves. It builds understanding and brings you two closer.

Dear Future Hubby: When on this date, there is ZERO room for complaining. Take the time and enjoy each other, regardless of her date choice!

3. Go on a date of HIS choice

Just like above, it’s HIS choice. A sports game? His favorite restaurant? Hiking? Again, WHATEVER it is, do it. You may not enjoy the thought of it, but he does. You may surprise yourself and have a great time. I mean, it’s about spending time with each other after all. He’ll appreciate it and your relationship will grow stronger as a result.

Dear Future Mrs: Like I told him, there is zero room for complaining on this date! Complaining ruins any date, so it doesn’t matter how you feel, put it on the back burner and enjoy this time with your future husband!

4. Do something that scares you

Are you scared of skydiving? Mountains? Hot air balloons? Go on a date that you’re both unsure of. Do you both slightly cringe at the thought of skydiving? Maybe give it a go. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something crazy or something you’re so scared of that it was cause you to not have a good time. But take a risk and do something you wouldn’t normally do. Go on an adventure together. You’ll be surprised at how fun it actually is!

5. Go on a road trip

Have you always wanted to visit certain places along the East Coast? Florida? The West Coast? For example, if you’ve always wanted to visit certain beaches, maybe take a road trip to 5-7 beaches along the East Coast. Or, choose 5-7 spots in Florida and visit them all. Disney, Key West, Miami, Tampa… WHATEVER you choose, enjoy this time together and don’t forget to document the memories! Not to mention, road trips lead to some of the very best conversations, especially when it’s just the two of you!

6. Shop for each other

It doesn’t have to be anywhere expensive. Go to Wal-Mart, Goodwill, TJ Maxx, anywhere with lesser priced clothing and shop for each other! The other doesn’t get a say in what’s chosen for them. When you’re done shopping, put on the outfits and go on a dinner date! They can be funny outfits or they can be nicer outfits. It doesn’t matter! Make an adventure out of it, but make sure you’re buying the right sizes! šŸ™‚

7. Take a dance class

You’ll be dancing a lot on your wedding day and everyone’s eyes will be on you, so why not take a dance class? I know some of you reading this may already be pretty good dancers (unlike me), but take a class anyways! You may learn something new and it will be fun!

Tip: Groupon usually has some GREAT deals for dance classes!

8. Go stargazing

Lastly, go stargazing. It’s a quiet, peaceful date that you will both enjoy. In fact, I’d even recommend going stargazing the night before your wedding if the weather permits. If we’re being honest, it’s not like either of you is getting much sleep that night anyways due to all the nerves and excitement! This will be a nice time to talk, reminisce, and think about what’s to come. Watch the stars. Enjoy each other. You’re getting MARRIED!

If you go on any of these dates, please reach out to me and let me know how it went! I’d LOVE to hear your stories! And if you have any other date ideas, drop a comment below! I just might use them! šŸ™‚


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