You're Married, Now What?
How to survive the post-wedding blues
The good news is that your relationship probably isn't to blame for the disappointment. "It's not that you're unhappy with your partner," says Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill, a marriage therapist and the author of A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage. "It's about the anticlimactic feeling you get when an expectation has been fulfilled. This tends to happen in our culture. We become too focused on the goal, and don't enjoy the journey. We quickly need another goal to fill us up."
For brides that return to busy work schedules or immediately start planning a family, the sadness is less tangible. "After the thank-you notes were sent, I needed a new job," says Breen Halley, who began training to become a certified wedding planner after her own celebration last March.
But for others, the sense of "what now?" lingers.
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