So many posts on wedding blogs (like this one at ) deal with stress, anxiety, and just plain sorrow regarding what is supposed to be one of the happiest days of a person's life.  Should the day that weds you to your life-partner and soul-mate be the cause of so much pain and suffering?  Doesn't this seem "wrong"? 

But again and again we see the Bridal Burnout Syndrome in evidence in the weeks and days leading up to the big event.  What causes otherwise normal and sane folks to lose it during this time?    One explanation is the idea of perfectionism magnified beyond control that a wedding unleashes.  Many people try to "one up" each other in having the best and most memorable wedding.  Maybe the focus should return to having the most heartfelt and personal day?  

The brides and grooms who seem to fare the best in avoiding Bridal Burnout Syndrome, are the ones who keep the reason for the wedding at the forefront of their planning.  Simply posting a letter of love to each other on the front of the refrigerator that you see each day might be enough to head off the tantrum that might erupt later over who forgot to pick up the wedding invitations.  Having regular date nights leading up to the big day is another great way to stay connected and focused.  We're talking Balance here with a capital "B".    Here are some other ideas to try before the big day:

Couples massage:  Relaxing together is a great way to keep your eye on the purpose of the wedding.  To start your life together in joy and health.

A yoga party with close friends and family:   What better way to unwind than by stretching with breath and awareness?  Let yourself really release into final resting pose at the end.

Couples acupuncture session:  Acupuncture helps energy flow freely through the body promoting health and harmony. 

Life Coaching:  Set goals together to minimize stress and prepare for the joy of not only the wedding but for the life ahead.

Dream Interpretation party:   Let yourself dream big and then use dream interpretation help you learn more about yourself and your future. 

There are endless resources out there for helping engaged couples navigate the path towards their wedding day.  Take advantage of all offers of help and most importantly, stay focused on the meaning behind the big day.  We'd certainly be honored to support you from "Ahhh" to "I do" ... and beyond.

With warmest wishes for your happiness,

Terri, Brenda, Sarah, and Jan


The Balanced Bride 2009 Sweepstakes
One lucky winner in the greater Portland, Oregon area  will receive a free The Balanced Bride gift certificate for their choice of
of the following:

One hour of  Yoga
One hour of  Massage
One hour of  Qigong
One hour of  Acupuncture
One hour of  Life-Coaching

AND Additionally

Another lucky winner anywhere in the USA will receive:

One hour of Dream Interpretation by phone and email.  Valid within the USA.

Details to win:

In order to enter this contest you must do one of two things.  

1.  Link this page to your blog or website telling us why you want to win this prize and then use the Mr. Linky widget below to tell us that you have done so.    Just tell us why you need the gift certificate to make your life or event better.  You don't need to be getting married to win this prize.


2.  In 100 words or less, email us how having The Balanced Bride can make your next event more relaxed and balanced, whether a wedding, engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, couples night, girls night out, whatever.  Just tell us why you need the gift certificate to make your life better.  You don't need to be getting married to win this prize.

Submit your email entry HERE for consideration.

All submissions must be received by July 24th, 2009 by midnight PST.   The winner will be selected from all entries by a panel of judges who will be influenced mainly by the persuasive powers of the email or blog entry. 

That's it.  We hope to see you soon at your special event with
The Balanced Bride.