Photo by Tom Nicol Photography

By Sally Keys, contributing author

Your forthcoming wedding is one of the most important events of your life. Chances are, you have heard that phrase about 100 times, and while you know the truth of it, it can get just a little wearing after a while. If this sounds familiar to you, you are definitely suffering from planning fatigue, and now is a perfect time for you and your fiance to get away from it all for a few hours.

Take a hike

Getting away from it all doesn’t have to mean spending the money that you are busy saving on a weekend away. Just getting out for an afternoon and enjoying a romantic date in nature can work wonders to recharge the batteries and remind yourselves what life together is really all about.
A hike is the perfect date for busy wedding planners. Book a table at a restaurant, and you will end up going over the same plans that you would have been discussing anyway. Go to the movies, and you will be unable to concentrate because you will be thinking about that guest list and unable to discuss it with your fiance for fear of annoying the other movie goers.
But in the great outdoors, you have the flexibility to talk as much or as little as you wish about anything you like. There will always be something to capture your attention, and unlike in the restaurant scenario, there is nothing uncomfortable about a companionable silence as you stroll hand in hand through a forest or alongside a stream.

Where to go

The Geneva area is blessed with an abundant choice of hiking trails. Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darian has an 11 mile trail and some stunning scenery. From the awe inspiring waterfall to the secluded forest paths, it is the perfect place to get away from it all.
Or how about the Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary in Schaumburg? Here, you can take as short or long a walk as you wish, and explore woodlands and a variety of nature trails in a secluded environment.

Recharge and enjoy

The planning process should be filled with joy and excitement, but it can easily become a stressful chore if you don’t make time to take a step back and enjoy these golden moments together. After all, they will never come again.

It is true what they say, this really is the most exciting time of your lives. So make sure you enjoy it to the full by enjoying some time out together while you prepare.


Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.