I love counting down to big events. Even as a kid I remember creating elaborate countdowns to Christmas or the family summer vacation. Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks said, “Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.” Despite the stress that a wedding day can bring, I think counting down to the big day is an important way to focus on the excitement of it. So here are five creative ways to countdown to your wedding day:
1. There’s an App for That
Download the free Wedding Countdown app from the iTunes store. With this fun app, you’re not limited to simply the number of days, hours, minutes or seconds to your wedding. You can also count it in kisses or heartbeats. Plus, it automatically turns into an anniversary countdown as soon as the wedding day passes.
2. Do it on Facebook
There’s also a wedding countdown app available on Facebook. Simply type in your details like who you’re marrying, the wedding date, and your venue so that all of your friends on Facebook can be a part of the anticipation as well.
3. The Big Day Chain
We all remember making paper chains as kids. Well now you can use them to countdown to your wedding day with BigDayChains.com. Each kit is $14.95 and includes 30 paper chains with easy-to-assemble glue dots. Simply attach your chain and each day rip off another link. The shorter your chain gets the closer you are to your big day!
4. Wedding Countdown Blocks
Pick up a set of wedding countdown blocks from Etsy for just $20. They are handmade and will make a lovely reminder prominently displayed in your home.
5. Wedding Advent-Style Calendar
You know those advent calendars that help you countdown the days until December 25? This unique calendar is styled after that, with 24 tiny doors that the bride can open as her wedding day approaches. The text inside each box can be personalized with love notes from the groom, or encouragement from the bridal party. It’s $41.68 at NotonHighStreet.com.
About Alison Storm
Alison Storm was born, raised and educated in Iowa, but now lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband Tim. Alison writes for publications like REDBOOK and serves as the features editor of a local women’s magazine. Alison and Tim have traveled to Belize, Guatemala, and the UK, but their most powerful journey has been to Liberia, West Africa where they helped drill wells in remote villages with Water of Life. Alison is passionate about celebrating life, saving money and helping others do the same. Learn more at AlisonStorm.com.