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6 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive – While Planning a Wedding

feb15-date-01Planning a wedding can feel like a full-time job, consuming your free time and your energy from the time you get engaged to the time you say “I do.”

Amidst that hustle and bustle it can be tempting to replace all of your time together as a couple with wedding planning tasks, decisions, and discussions. And as time goes along, you might start to feel disconnected from your spouse-to-be.

Want to keep the focus on why you’re getting married? Try these tips for maintaining romance while planning a wedding.

Take a break

Once in a while, set your planning notebook aside and do something – gasp! – not related to your wedding. Go on a date, stay in with take out and a movie, or make plans with friends. Whatever you do, make talk of the wedding off limits – especially wedding specifics or costs. Just have fun and be together.

Plan real date nights

Don’t call every night in with the TV a date night. Make a plan! Put effort into your plans, whether it’s dinner and a movie or a night of dancing and drinks. Take in a wine tasting at Perigeaux Vineyard and Winery, or see the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in action at Regency Furniture Stadium. Stroll the shops and restaurants at National Harbor or take a day trip into the DC for the museums. Whatever you do, don’t make sitting on the couch your date night default.

Rediscover Southern Maryland

If you’ve lived in Southern Maryland for a while, it can be easy to forget all of the wonderful qualities of this region. Spend time together rediscovering all the things that make Southern Maryland a unique place to live. Learn the history of the area at Historic St. Mary’s City, Sotterley Plantation, and Jefferson Patterson Park. Enjoy art at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center. Take in the view from the Cove Point Lighthouse. You’ll get precious time together and learn more about the place you live.

Get active

Working together toward fitness goals is a great way to reconnect, whether you work out together regularly or cook together each night. This is also a great time to try something new! Never golfed? Play at round at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club or Wicomico Shores Golf Course. Spend the day on the water on a boat chartered with Lucky Strike Fishing Charters.

Take a “mini-moon”

Pack your bags for a romantic “mini-moon” sometime in the months before your wedding – but leave the planning notes and books at home! If you’ve got your sights set far away, work with the experts at Four Seasons Travel, LLC, to plan a fun getaway.

But you don’t have to travel far to feel like you’ve gone far. There are many romantic, relaxing destinations close to home, like the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, The Inn at Brome Howard, the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, Holiday Inn Solomons, or the Colony South Hotel.

Don’t forget the little things

Small moments can remind you of your love for each other and reinforce the reason you’re getting married in the first place: Because you love each other! Hold hands, say “I love you,” write love notes – whatever you do, don’t overlook the impact of a small gesture of love.