With the stress of wedding planning, it’s natural for your relationship to change a little. A feeling of distance is natural and not uncommon.
Regardless, it’s important to reconnect before saying “I do.” Here are five creative ways to bond before the big day and walk down the aisle closer than ever.
1. Try Something You Normally Wouldn’t
If you and your spouse-to-be have opposing interests, why not learn about what the other enjoys? If they live to hunt, for example, why not accompany them for a day of spring gobbler season instead of staying home?
It may not seem like a fun time, at first. But when you share in your SO’s enthusiasm, anything can be exciting!
2. Schedule Some Downtime Together
You want to look and feel your best on your big day, so why not book a spa trip? Relax with a romantic couples massage and get a pampering pedi.
If you are on a shoestring budget, you can recreate the experience at home. Learn how to make DIY massage oils with your favorite essentials and a carrier like coconut. You’ll also heighten your intimacy through the power of touch.
3. Express Gratitude and Admiration
When was the last time you thanked your partner for being so all-around awesome? If you can’t recall, make them feel special, stat. Do they consider themselves a marksman? Get them a gift that suits their hobby. Are they an artist? Draw a portrait of them.
On the craft-y side of things, you can even find fillable scrapbooks or create a DIY version. If you’re a cross-stitcher, you could write them an acrostic poem and transform it into wall art for your new home.
4. Share an Adrenaline-Fueled Adventure
Researchers Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron initiated the Capilano Suspension Bridge study to investigate romantic attraction. They found that men who crossed a terrifying crevasse on a shaky structure found a woman more sexually arousing than those who traversed a sturdier, shorter model.
If you want to reignite the spark, therefore, get your adrenaline pumping. You don’t have to skydive — unless that’s your favorite kick — but rock climbing or even participating in an adventure race could make you feel more amorous.
5. Learn Something New
You and your partner play for the same team now. Why not grow your skills together?
You’ll need to eat after marriage, so consider taking a cooking class together and mastering a new cuisine. You could also try ballroom dancing or tango, sign up for a foraging course or master the ukulele in tandem.
Bond Before Your Big Day With These 5 Ideas
With all the wedding planning, some neglect is natural. Reconnect and bond before your big day with the five ideas above.