You’ve settled into your new home together (or the one where you already lived), and the hubbub of the wedding is over. But you’re faced with a conundrum: if you aren’t crafting and calling vendors and checking off lists, what are you doing with your weekends? Here are a few fun activities to plan with your new spouse, given that your weekends are more free than they were during the engagement!
1. Throw a Barbecue or Dinner Party
If you want to inaugurate a shared living space, invite some friends over on the weekend for dinner or a barbecue. These parties can be surprisingly affordable to throw, especially since most guests will bring a dish to share or a bottle of wine if you ask them. Plus, you get the chance to chat more than usual when you host in your house rather than around a noisy restaurant table.
2. Try a Local Theme Park or Carnival
Like water slides or roller coasters? Just like a good funnel cake and a walk? All of these can be satisfied through a Saturday or Sunday at a local theme park. Long lines give you time to talk to each other.
3. Do a Tasting Tour of the Nearby Local Restaurants
Even if you’ve both lived in the same area for a while, there are usually new restaurants popping up all the time. Make it your mission to try one or two each weekend to get the lay of the land, possibly venturing a little farther away if you are tired of the local choices. You can support businesses in your community while making sure you have a short list of favorites when your loved ones come to visit.
4. Camp at a Local River, Lake, or State Park
If you’ve got a soft spot for nature, a weekend camping trip can be the perfect way to bond with your new husband or wife through kayaking, hiking, and building campfires together. Bringing along other couples can make it even more fun, especially if they also enjoy a good night looking up at the stars or afternoon biking through the trails. A nice bonus is that camping is usually much more affordable than other kinds of weekend trips, which is perfect after an expensive wedding. If you aren’t much for bugs and dirt, look into cabins, which offer less interaction with bugs but still a nice back-to-nature experience.
5. Find a Comedy Club and Laugh it up with the Amateurs
Another fun way to get out of the house is to find your local comedy club on a night when no headliners are visiting. Prices tend to skyrocket for the big names, but there are plenty of funny people who aren’t well known and whose shows are affordable. If the comedian bombs, you still get to bond with each other over how rough it was—and probably get a story to tell out of it.
6. Learn a New Sport: Scuba Diving or Rock Climbing?
Trying new sports together can be fun, especially if you are equally inexperienced. Learning to trust each other on a tandem bike or laughing your way through a surfing lesson might be both great exercise and just good old fashioned fun.
7. Tackle a Home DIY Project Together
While less fun and more practical, fixing the gutters or painting a room can be rewarding and make your weekend feel productive. When you’re done, celebrate with a glass of wine and enjoy your handiwork!
8. Visit Family and Friends (Especially Those Who Couldn’t Attend the Wedding)
If you want to get out of town, think about the people you love who couldn’t make it to the wedding and plan a trip to see them. If they live within driving distance, see if they want to meet in the middle for a day of sightseeing or visit them at their home. A weekend is a nice amount of time to spend reconnecting, especially if you feel like wedding planning made you a bit of an absentee. The added bonus is that you often will be giving your old friends and your new spouse a chance to form a real bond beyond their connection to you, and vice versa if you visit your new spouse’s friends. It’s wonderful to over time meld your two worlds and families.