Monday, August 24, 2009

"The Conscious Bride", A Must Read For Every Newly Engaged Bride-To-Be

One of the most exciting times in a woman's life is when she becomes engaged. Once the news of the engagement reaches family and friends, she is thrust into a series of parties and the world-wind experience of planning a wedding.

This journey, albeit exciting, does not come without its frustrations. Because so much emphasis is placed on planning for the wedding day, many brides (including myself) find themselves experiencing conflicting emotions.

This time of emotional transition is something nobody seems to talk about. The one thing on everyone's mind is planning the perfect wedding, but these emotions, which include anxieties about separating from girlfriends, separating from mom, and the loss of identity as a single woman, just to name a few, are real and need to be talked about and addressed before the bride takes her sacred journey.

This book recognizes that as one phase of life is ending, and a new phase is beginning, it is imperative that a bride take notice of what's going on inside of her, emotionally, and take the time to really understand and address why she's on cloud nine one moment and stricken with fear the next.

I have to tell you that after reading the book, I realized that I was not crazy. As excited as I am about becoming a "Mrs.", my excitement does not come without my own fears and anxieties as I move into this next phase of my life. I've gone through the gamut of emotions, from stressing about who will take care of my mom, to will I be a good wife or ruin this man's life. The emotions are scary, and I'm glad there is a book that walks you through the process of not just planning for the wedding, but helping you to understand that what you are feeling is normal, as it helps to prepare you, and take you through the process so that you will not only have a serene and joyful wedding day, but a healthy and thriving marriage - all without losing your mind!