You Are Now Exiting The Wedding Zone

By Dana LaRue, Published Mar 26, 2012

Brides, when your wedding journey is complete, you may find yourself at a loss. For months or maybe even years, your world has been a haze of wedding planning, wedding blogs, wedding magazines, Pinterest, RSVPs, mason jars, DIY experimentation, and so on and so on. And now, that’s all over. Your wedding day has come and gone - hopefully it was AWESOME. Hopefully, your special day was overwhelmingly special - and better than you ever expected it to be.

But now, sadly, the time has come to pen those thank you notes, pop ‘em in the mail, and officially sign off on a very special part of your life. It’s OK to keep sneaking a peek at your favorite wedding blogs, or basking in beautiful wedding inspiration. But if browsing through photos of happy brides makes you sad, or feel bittersweet, I say ladies, it’s time to move on (I give you official permission, as a professional wedding blogger). Delete your bookmarks, your Pinterest folders - donate all the remaining wedding stuff that’s loitering around your home to a deserving new bride-to-be - excess decor, accessories, even your wedding dress, if you so choose. Take all that crafty wedding karma and push it out into the universe again!

But what do I do now?” you might ask. Well brides, don’t forget this one little factoid-you’re married now. You’ve latched yourself to another hapless human being for all of eternity, and it’s going to be amazing. The honeymoon may be over, but now your newlywed journey can begin! This is that precious bit of time you’ll look back on many years from now while you’re sitting on the porch of your vacation home with a cocktail in hand. You’ll reflect back on these early married years, and think “Man, we were so crazy/broke/happy/young!” So go forth and be all of those things! Because the one thing you didn’t get to do a lot of in the last year was sit around with your significant other and do absolutely nothing together. There wasn’t a day that went by when you didn’t think or talk obsessively about wedding-related whatever. So rejoice that that time has passed, and now you can get back to the business of enjoying each other. Because after all, isn’t that what marriage is all about?

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