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Be an Energy Effective Bride

I would like to dedicate this issue of the Cost- Effective Bride to making your time of planning energy- effective. Rather than talking about pinching pennies, I am going to talk about sanity-savings. You are being bombarded with advertisements and future in-laws and probably more stress than you ever imagined to come out of something that is supposed to be a blissful event and you need some help to remain sane and replenish your energy.

So, I would like to give you four tips towards energy- efficiency and sanity-savings:

  1. First, while planning your wedding you may have found that it has essentially taken over your life. You need to reclaim your life, even if it is only for a day or for a few hours and take some time to yourself.

    What is it you used to do before all of this planning? Do you like to read? Do you enjoy gardening? How about going for walks? Whatever it is that you may have let slip or sacrificed for the greater good, you need to take that time to yourself and enjoy the relaxation that comes with doing something that you enjoy.

  2. With all of the busy-ness surrounding your planning, you may have discovered that you have not talked to your best friend or sister in weeks. It is easy to lose contact with the ones we love the most when we are afraid that we are boring them with the details of our lives or when we think that they donít understand what is going on in our lives.

    Take some time to reconnect with your closest friends. Try not to talk too much about your planning, but realize that it is a part of your life right now and your friends probably are interested. But, they also want you to be interested in their lives, so donít forget to ask them questions and turn the attention towards them, too.

  3. It is so easy to get caught up in the selfishness of being a bride. We think that everyone should be there for us and cater to us and care solely about the stress that we feel - after all, it is OUR day, right? Wrong. It is much our day as it is the day of the people who love and care for us and only wish for our happiness.

    To get away from centering on ourselves we need to do something for someone else. You will be surprised how good (and relaxed) you will feel by making someone else feel good. Cook a friend dinner, serve a meal at your local soup kitchen, babysit for couple who could use a break, take your niece or nephew out for an ice cream cone...there are so many things you can do for so many people - give it a try and see how good you feel.

  4. And finally, with all of the planning the you are deep into, have you found that you have lost contact with your fiancť? Ironic, isnít it, that all this planning is for the beginning of your life together, but you are struggling to find quality time with one another now?

    If you want to start your marriage off right, then donít neglect your relationship now. Your life as one should always be your top priority, so go out on a date as often as you can, and try not to talk about the wedding. Instead, focus on your relationship, your love, and your future beyond the date of your marriage.

I think that when you give these tips a try you may discover that your life becomes a little more relaxed, a little more calm, and a lot more enjoyable. So be an energy-efficient bride and reconnect with your friends and family, take some time to yourself, do something for someone else, and make your relationship with the one you love the priority.

I wish you much luck at these and hope that they will bring tons of joy to your life!

Kelly Kons,

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