Taking time out – a different view on wedding planning

It’s a cold November morning my face and my feet and my hands are freezing as I have just returned from a 20 mile bike ride. It’s a Tuesday and it’s the middle of very busy time with work; actually who am I kidding it’s always a busy time!

So should I have gone out on my bike?!

Some would probably say no, just because it’s so cold and they would see it as a bit of a stupid thing to do (they have a point!). I’m sure a lot of people would say no as it’s the middle of the working week and I’m not going to pretend that my to-do list is not at the forefront of my mind.

But let’s think about this for a second.

Work does tend to consume most of our lives we are ALWAYS Busy, and I think most of us are constantly using phrases like; if only there were more hours in the day, or; where does the time go? I say those things all the time and as a self-employed photographer there definitely isn’t enough time in the day.

BUT, and this is a very big but; It is so important to take time out and especially to clear your mind and that’s exactly what I was doing this morning when I was freezing my bits off trudging up Farley Mount!

Life can be hectic sometimes and when you start throwing in things like planning a wedding, life can seem to get even MORE hectic and once again you fear the dreaded to-do list; but let’s try and look at this from a different angle.

Planning a wedding requires a lot of time + thought and it can definitely bring some stresses but it is also something that we’re lucky to be able to do, maybe even a privilege; something not to be taken for granted, don’t you think?

Work can be busy and I’m sure a lot of us enjoy our jobs but it is still work. Then our free time arrives and we have this wonderful opportunity to be creative and to meet inspiring people like florists, and photographers, and cake designers, and wedding planners. People that are hugely passionate about what they do and how they can inspire you for creating you dream wedding day.

Trying on dresses, looking at fabrics, hanging out with girlfriends, spending quality time with mums, trying delicious menus, sampling delicious wedding cake, a quick pint with the boys just after getting measured for your suits – these are all ‘time out’ situations and they are something that you can enjoy out of the every day stresses of life.  The wedding day is all about celebration and coming together but why can’t the planning be the same?

In our blog posts and websites we talk a lot about time and how it plays an important part in the service we provide for our wedding clients. Past clients all say the same thing and we echo this statement ourselves ‘Our wedding day was over too quickly!’ So if everybody comments on how quickly the time flies why just keep it to one day? Why not take time to enjoy the whole buildup and the whole process.

There are always going to be tasks that seem a bit boring, things like sorting the table plan or hand making a hundred favours but there’s always a way to make it a pleasure – this can often involve a bottle of wine or two (or more!) or getting as many friends and family involved – strength in numbers!

Your life is always going to be hectic.  Sport, meditation, art, photography, cooking, quality time with loved ones, , Yoga, the gym, walking with headphones, walking without headphones, reading – all things that give us a bit of quality time out – why not add wedding planning into that list?