A Spectacular Engagement: When The Journey Is As Important As The Destination


Hybrid (real-life/virtual), multiple mini-receptions, and the invitation of guests in ‘shifts’ are just a few of the hottest trends in weddings for 2021, according to Wedding Wire Canada, although many couples seeking a traditional large celebration are opting out of them and waiting for a later date. If you have a longer engagement period than you originally envisioned, however, there are so many ways to make it a special, unforgettable time. In addition to having more time to plan the details of your ceremony and reception, the upcoming months can be perfect to pamper yourselves, connect with each other as a couple, and carry out tasks that will make your wedding more memorable for your guests.

Enjoying The Planning Process

Wedding planning can be so stressful that six in 10 couples in a typical year actually consider eloping. Although many people dream of their big day, as it approaches, brides and grooms can feel pressured to plan a ‘perfect’ event within a limited budget and time frame. A longer engagement period benefits couples in many ways, especially when it comes to the planning process – since they can take a more relaxed approach to the many tasks that need fulfilment. Having more time enables couples to assemble an excellent team of providers (including caterers, wedding venues, decorators, photographers and a live band) at a better price. It also enables them to save more in the lead-up to the big day, earning enough so they can cover unexpected expenses that tend to arise as their day approaches.

Practicing Self-Kindness

Because weddings can be stressful to put together, taking free time to be kind to oneself is key. As found in a study published in the journal PLOS, being kind to oneself can significantly reduce the negative mental health effects of perfectionism. The great thing about self-kindness is that each person has their own definition of how to practice it. For some, it might involve a pampering facial or body massage; for others, it might mean taking an afternoon off to enjoy a hike in a favourite nature-filled area. Taking time every day to do something fulfilling and gratifying is a great way to stay mindful during the planning process.

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Working On Beauty

Your wedding say will arguably be one of the most photographed days of your life, so working on your skin is an ideal way to ensure you are glowing in every shot. Many treatments that provide significant results actually take weeks or months to take effect. For instance, to target dull or uneven skin, microdermabrasion treatments (which eliminate dead skin cells and allow healthy new skin to form) are ideal.

These should be commenced around six months before a wedding, though, since you will may need six to eight treatments for the effects to show. Other treatments you can adopt in the weeks and months leading up to your big day include exfoliation and natural, safe tanning, laser treatment for hair removal and skin conditions such as wrinkles and acne scars, and skin-tightening treatments like Ulthera (which involves gently heating the deeper layers of skin to stimulate the production of the skin’ building blocks (collagen and elastin).

Having a longer engagement can enhance your relationship with your future spouse in many ways, reducing stress and tension so you can plan your day in a more mindful and content state. More free time also means being able to opt for a plethora of med spa-style treatments that work because they enable skin to heal and rejuvenate itself. Finally, a long engagement is ideal for finding excellent yet reasonable providers that will work to a high level without forcing you to go over budget.


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