Wedding Prep

The final months and weeks before a wedding are hectic. Between ironing out last-minute details, finalizing the seating chart and countless dress fittings, it’s often hard to remember the real reason for a ceremony—the union of two people. Below, a few ways to spend time together before the big day.

  • According to Dr. Justin D’Arienzo, a local psychologist and relationship expert, every couple can benefit from premarital counseling. He says sessions allow couples to learn more about one another’s goals and ambition, as well as their expectations from marriage. “Couples are often running high on emotion and assume they can live on love,” he says. “They need to know about their plans for roles in a marriage, their dreams, their friends, how to spend and save money, what religion they will practice, when they will have sex and how frequently and who will initiate it. They need to know how to communicate, handle in-laws, how they will spend time together and apart. It is absolutely necessary to get on the right path from the beginning.” If sitting in a therapist’s office is too nerve-wracking, try an online course which in the state of Florida will earn you a discount on your marriage license.
  • Many couples who take engagement photos can confess that being the focus of a photoshoot can feel uncomfortable. because of that, many shun them altogether. Kristen Williams of Kristen LeAnn Photography suggests that couples use an engagement shoot as a way to learn to relax in front of their photographer before the big day. “An engagement session allows you to get to know your photographer on a personal level and be your true selves before the wedding,” says Williams. “It can also be a fun and romantic way for couples to get close to each other and showcase their personalities before the big day.”
  • Why save relaxation for the honeymoon? Jasmine Lopez of One Ocean Spa in Atlantic Beach recommends finding a moment of peace with your significant other in the form of a spa day. “Our Heart and Sole treatment begins with a foot bath and acupuncture, followed by a classic massage and 30 minutes in the couple’s room that overlooks the ocean.” The treatment is $399 for 120 minutes.

(photo cred: Kristen LeAnn Photography)

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