A rustic wedding is informal, relaxed and full of natural beauty. An outdoor summer picnic or a marquee at an old country farm, pretty converted barn or local church hall…
Written by Lucy Leaper Last updated: March 21, 2015
After all the excitement of planning your wedding for months and then the actual day itself, it can be a shock to the system to go back to the normal routine of everyday life. There’s no reason to let the fun and romance end there though! Write yourself a marriage bucket list to ensure that you and your spouse’s first year together is one full of fun, love and laughter!
According to the Handbook of Cultural Psychology (edited by Shinobu Kitayama and Dov Cohen) ‘Sharing personal memories with others can elicit empathetic and emotional responses that can serve to deepen intimacy between the conversational partners.’
Whether it was the best date of your life or a complete disaster, reminiscing about the days when you were first getting to know each other is sure to bring a smile to your faces. Visit the coffee shop or restaurant you went to or rent the movie you went to see at the cinema.
OK, we probably shouldn’t be encouraging this, but there’s something fun and exciting about being a little bit naughty once in a while! Obviously don’t do this on the day of an important meeting or when you have shed loads of work to do, because you’ll only be on edge all day. Choose a day when the boss won’t miss you! Turn your alarms off, get a good breakfast in and spend the day snuggled in bed watching your favorite box sets and…well you know the rest!
Try something new
Humans are creatures of habit and it is easy to get stuck in rut in a relationship. You may be living with someone and see them everyday, but how often do you really sit down and talk and give them 100% of your attention? This is why date night was invented, to ensure couples get that all important time to really connect. However, this could also become an uninspiring routine so to keep your date nights exciting and something that you look forward to, commit to trying something new each week. Perhaps a new recipe, restaurant or activity and try something new in the bedroom!
A traditional date
Do it old school and send your other half a hand written love letter, inviting them to go on date. On the day, wait for them at the front door with a bunch of flowers and escort them to the car, not forgetting to open the door. Choose a classic date such as dinner, the cinema, an ice cream parlor or bowling and take Polaroids or photo booth pictures as keep sake’s. End your date with a long and romantic kiss outside your front door, just like they do in the movies!
It is traditional for engaged couples to celebrate their last nights of singledom, separately with friends, with a night out or weekend away before they become ‘one’. Now that you are ‘one’ bring your hens and stags together for one big party to celebrate your new life together!
Who doesn’t love a cocktail?! Get together a selection of spirits and mixers (works just as well without the booze), plenty of ice and cute accessories to decorate your drinks, and make each other a personalised cocktail! You could serve these cocktails at your ‘post wedding do’!
Pack an over night bag, a map, snacks and a bottle of wine (don’t drink and drive) and hit the road! Head for a destination you’ve never been to before and stop on the way at places that catch your eye. If you want to do it on the cheap, pitch up in a camping park and enjoy a night under the stars roasting marshmallows on a camp fire. If camping’s a bit too rough and ready for you, opt for a cosy B&B or if you have cash to splash, treat yourself to a Boutique hotel with a jacuzzi bath.
Switch the lights off, make some popcorn and curl up on the sofa with your loved one for a movie night, watching your wedding video. What better way to reminisce and remind yourselves, what a fabulous day it was.
For those who aren’t able to do an around the world trip in their first year of marriage, this one’s for you – a culinary world tour on your doorstep! Who say’s you have to stay in one restaurant for your starter, main and dessert?! Restaurant hop for each course and change the country of cuisine as you go! We’re thinking, Jamaican cocktails at a bar, followed by a spring roll starter at a Chinese, a tagine at Moroccan restaurant and finish up in an Italian restaurant for tiramisu and a coffee. Yum!
Use this list as a starting point for inspiration for your own marriage bucket list and don’t forget to share your bucket list experiences with us on social media!