October is here, and we are officially at the end of wedding season. More weddings are behind us rather than ahead of us. In some parts of the country, such as in the southern states, October is the busiest time of the year, the weather is great, and the colors are changing. In other parts of the country, like the Rocky Mountains, this time of the year is really slowing down. The end of the season can leave wedding pros feeling exhausted, burned out, and counting down until the last event. The end of wedding season doesn’t need to be painful and drawn out. By taking a few steps to take care of yourself and be cognitive of your time you can end the wedding season feeling awesome!
Tip 1: Take the next day completely off (for those of you like florists, that work the day after, then the second day off). We’ve all heard of the term “wedding hangover” and we all know the struggle is real. Take the day after the wedding completely off. Spend the day recharging by doing something that is relaxing to you, such as binge-watching the latest episode of Real Housewives, getting a massage, having your nails done or go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant. By completely turning off the day after the event, you’ll let your mind and body rest. You’ll feel great for the next event and your next clients will get the wedding pro you and not the exhausted version.
Tip 2: Get enough sleep. It is so easy to stay up until midnight or get up at dawn to try to fit in all your client work. Eventually, this catches up with you, usually by the end of wedding season if not sooner. Decide bedtimes and wake-up times and stick to them. With enough sleep, you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the day. You’ll be able to give each wedding your full attention rather than a groggy sleep deprived version.
Tip 3: Don’t work after work, once you are done working for the day, be done. This means no checking your email, no browsing Facebook, no checking out Instagram pics, don’t reply to work text messages, it can all wait until the next day. Nothing after 7:00 pm can’t wait until 8:00 am. Give your brain a break from work and your eyes a break from the screens. Since you won’t be working, you can give your attention to the people and activities you love like your family, cooking or going for a hike. By giving yourself this break, you are creating quality time that you need to survive the end of wedding season.