With less than four weeks to go before the big day, people keep asking me if I’m stressed out.
It’s a fair enough question. Most brides by this point are approaching meltdown, right? I really don’t know how I’m supposed to feel – I’ve never done this before, after all.
I feel excited, scared – maybe a bit nervous – but stressed? Well no, actually I’m not.
I’m sure that’s partly to do with the fact that Spain pretty much shuts down in August, so the running around has ceased. July was pretty busy because we knew we had to get everything done before the end of that month, but now it feels like we can relax.
Oh yes, and there is the small matter of the wonderful pre wedding break I’ve just returned from.
I spent the most amazing week at Kaliyoga – a super relaxing yoga retreat in the mountains of the Alpujarras region, close to Granada.
I slept in a tepee under the stars, ate delicious vegetarian food, trekked to a Buddhist monastery and even tried acupuncture for the first time.
I’ve come back feeling like a new person – like you could throw anything at me right now and it would just bounce off.
And before you ask, I haven’t been paid to write this or given any freebees – this is 100 per cent my own honest opinion.
Much as I can’t wait to get married to J it was nice to have some “space” for a week and just do whatever I wanted.
It’s not that he’s high maintenance or anything, but when you’re part of a couple there is always going to be some compromise on what you do, when you eat, when you go to bed etc.
But last week my time was completely my own.
And I met so many interesting people from all walks of life – Alicia the Spaniard living in Zurich with her South African boyfriend, Veronica the deputy head teacher, Christine the salad buyer, Bob the Glaswegian GP, Kara the Kiwi sports industry professional…
I chewed all their ears off about my wedding as we sat around the pool – and they all seemed genuinely interested.
I really delighted in telling people who I’d never met about what it’s like getting married to a Spaniard in Spain. It wasn’t until they started asking all kinds of questions that I realised how special and different our wedding will be.
I suppose everyone thinks that about their own wedding though, don’t they?
Telling them how we’d sorted everything out made me realise how far we’ve come and just how much work has gone into everything.
Now I’m more excited than ever about getting married. Roll on the stress, if that’s what’s to come. I cannot wait to be Señora de Borrachero!