Post # 1
The wedding was Oct 18 and went wonderfully, but now that I’m back from the honeymoon and settling back into my normal routine.. I’m just so bored! I know this happens to alot of people. I was so interested in wedding things that it’s hard to figure out what to do now that it’s over… all my go-to websites are wedding-related. Does anybody have any tips for what to do with my excess time and energy now that it’s over? I think Christmas season will definitely give me more purpose bc I’ll get to decorate and all. Got any websites that you really enjoy that aren’t wedding related?? Any tips for some new hobbies to explore?
Post # 3
Well I think for the month after I was mostly doing post-wedding activities. Mainly thank you cards, getting the an album/scrapbook together, and picking out photos to send to relatives. also just trying to arrange the house, with the new presents. We even planned a small post wedding house party a few months later for our close friends who couldn’t make it, so they could check out the album and video.
Oh the completely non-wedding side, I guess you can pick up new activity like cooking, yoga. Hang out with friends. If you feel the need to plan something, you can always plan a birthday party for a close friend or your new hubby.
Post # 4
I don’t know what kinds of activities you normaly like to do– But I would love to go back to my normal routine: painting, scrapbooking, I desperately need to do a spring cleaning! I am too busy with graduate school- but I want to increase my hours in volunteering for organizations I support. I love to read, walk my dog, road cycle with my man- do our nomal traditional activities… go to the gym… visit my friends (we have all been meaning to take a cooking class together for the fun of it)- increasing my cooking skills and cook delish meals. I have some new cousins too who I would to fawn over- but haven’t had the time. After the wedding- I imagine I will have too many photos- so I envision putting together a blurb book instead of attempting to scrapbook everything… Did this give you any ideas???
Post # 5
How about all of the above great ideas from the other posters or maybe even plan a holiday party for your friends, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and families? Take all that good party planning talent you’ve tweaked over the time you were engaged and put it to good use! After all, a wedding is quite an undertaking and you have "skilz" (as napoleon dynamite would say) after putting a wedding together.
You could start a new holiday tradition together as a couple. This could be fun! Holiday parties are a blast to go to and to have. We’re having one this year!
Also you’re in a new home maybe. Begin nesting and read design books. After all, your home is much more important than a party or a reception. It’s where you will grow together as a new family and you have to love that space. Maybe work on your new place as a project? Again, you’ve got some new decorating talents. I love to read "Verandah" and "Architectural Digest" for some inspiration.
Congratulations and best wishes.
Post # 6
I spend a large amount of time designing my Blurb wedding album. Such fun!
Post # 7
You can check out Mrs. Eggplant’s new blog on stamping for cards! You can find the link on her wiki.
Post # 9
Now that I’m married, i’m definitely starting to think like a frugal housewife. I started looking for ways to save money in this economy. I stumbled across the CVS deals. This is how it works.
If you look in the weekly CVS ads that get sent to your house, you will see that certain items will say that you get "ECBs" back. ECB is ExtraCare Buck and there are tons of way to get stuff at CVS pretty much free. Pretty much it is CVS money that prints out at the bottom of your receipt. You have to sign up for the CVS card which is just a membership card like Albertsons or Vons and have the cashier scan it every time you shop there.
So for instance this week until Sat Nov 8th, you will see in the CVS ads that there is Crest Pro Health Whitening Toothpaste in 4.2 oz for $3.49 and extra buck rewards of $3.49 making it free! So if you go to CVS and have cashier scan your CVS card and then purchase a Crest Pro Health Whitening Toothpaste in 4.2 oz, it will cost you $3.49 in cash. But then when the machines prints your receipt you will see on the bottom of a receipt a coupon for $3.49 ECB.
You take this coupon back to CVS next time and purchase anything you want. The smartest thing is to take the $3.49 back to CVS this week some other day and purchase another tube of Crest Pro Health Whitening Toothpaste in 4.2 oz. The limit in the ad says "limit 1 per household", but most people have found that the limit is actually 2 or 3 depending on your state. So take the $3.49 coupon (ECB) back, buy another crest toothpaste (be sure to have cashier scan card first), hand the cashier your $3.49 coupon and pay NOTHING OUT OF POCKET! Best part is that then another $3.49 will print out and you can save it for next week to pay for something else that will then print out more ECBS! 2 TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE PRETTY MUCH FOR FREE!!!
Two very helpful sites to learn about this is http://www.iheartcvs.com and this board http://forums.slickdeals.net/forumdisplay.php?sduid=397124&f=38 I read these religiously now.
Another great moneysaver site is http://www.dealseekingmom.com/
Post # 10
You could put your event planning skills to work and become involved with a non-profit in your area! Many non-profits have big events, and they usually need volunteers to help coordinate things.
Just as an example…I’ve been a "team captain" for an event called Relay for Life that the American Cancer Society has every year. Relay for Life is an over night event where each team is challenged to keep at least one person walking on the track for 12 hours. It’s more than a relay though…each team comes up with a theme and hosts fundraisers leading up to and during the event. (This year, my team is creating a cookbook.) It’s a ton of fun, and although it’s not as intense as planning a wedding, it definitely keeps me busy for months out of the year!
I’m sure you can find another organization that speaks to your passions and needs your help! 🙂
Post # 11
I planned a big party shortly after our wedding and it really helped keep me occupied! I still watch wedding shows though. 🙂
Post # 12
Celebrate! Remember! Fight Back! Go Relay!
-Niki, Event Planning Committe Member, Relay for Life of Douglas County
Post # 13
I have been christmas shopping on Etsy. The beautiful thing about that is, most custom orders require a lot of conversations between buyer and seller. I’ve been trying to take a break from my planning (which is SO hard by the way) and Etsy has been there to take care of my non-wedding related addictions. Miss Avo’s ring maker is actually making custom-inscribed jewelry for my mum and mum-to-be!
Post # 14
Thanks for all the ideas!! It’s not that I didn’t have interests before wedding planning, but I didn’t have that thing or two I was passioniate about like some people do.. so now I want to really develop some strong hobbies… I feel a little more inspired to get started now, thanks!
Post # 15
Plan a dinner party, get ready for the holidays, whatever!
Here are some of my fav non-wedding sites (ok sometimes they have wedding stuff on it) I have on my google reader.. if you don’t have google reader, this is your WARNING… VERY ADDICTIVE
Hostess with the mostess http://www.hostessblog.com/
Funny pictures of Cats and Dogs http://icanhascheezburger.com/
Deepest secrets on Post cards.. very cool log but sometimes kinda sad http://postsecret.blogspot.com/
Martha Stewart Blog http://www.themarthablog.com/
Post # 16
well, now my wedding is over too now, and since i didn’t lose much weight before the wedding (I planned to, then ordered my dress and didn’t want it to be too big and need expensive alterations)…that’s my new goal!