Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all readers a Happy Thanksgiving this week. I invite you to pause your wedding planning as you prepare to celebrate with family and friends. Take time to enjoy preparing and sharing a special meal with important people in your world.

It’s very easy to have wedding planning take over your world for the 12 or more months of your engagement, but it’s not always healthy for you personally or for your relationship. You can use the holidays this month and next to take a break and focus on other things. You can appreciate the people who share your happiness and wish you well. You can thank the people who have offered to assist with wedding related tasks. You can give back to those who have given so much to you over the years – making a pie to contribute to your holiday meal, hosting the gathering at your place, serving meals to less advantaged people in your community, or simply taking time to share a walk outside and some (non-wedding) conversation with your fiance(e). All are ways to get out of your own head for a bit and appreciate a larger slice of your world.

This is also a good time of year to focus on what is right in your world, and to be grateful for it. If you’re planning a wedding, you’ve found a person to share love and life with – it doesn’t get much better than that. You’ve likely shared your happiness with family and friends who are genuinely happy for you and wish you well – that kind of support is to be treasured. You are looking forward to a life full of possibilities and opportunities.

For me, I am treasuring some time to relax as my busy season winds down and I have some unscheduled weekends. I am looking back on the wonderful couples I worked with this year and whose wedding days I had the honor to share. I am looking forward to next year’s couples as I begin to write ceremonies for 2018, working to capture their stories, their personalities and priorities for their special day. I am grateful for my own husband who supports my work in ways too numerous to list, and who I appreciate sharing our journey together each and every day.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for being part of my world.