It's time to say goodbye to the year that has been and open your arms to the year that begins. New Year's resolutions aren't for everyone, but if you're a bride-to-be, here's a couple of resolution ideas that will help you get your year off to the right start as you come closer to the Big Day ...
1. Get organized and have a plan. Jot down everything you need to get done before the Wedding Day and draft up a to-do list that outlines your plans monthly, weekly and daily. Yes, putting everything down will help give you a better picture of what deadlines need to be met and what plans of action need to take place before you run out of time. While your Wedding Day may seem like it's far out, it will creep up on you before you know it. Remember, there are certain aspects of planning a wedding that generally need to be done way in advance (booking a venue, ordering a dress/suit, etc.) and other duties that you can reserve for the final month (alterations, meeting with vendors to finalize details, creating a wedding day timeline, etc.). Nothing feels better than putting a checkmark next to things on your to-do list!
2. Create a budget and stick with it. It would be nice to have a unlimited budget wouldn't it? But unless your name is Kim Kardashian, you've probably got a budget like the rest of us! Regardless, it's wise to create a budget (even if it's a general range) to help keep you on track so you can really narrow down what you want for your Big Day. Trust me, there can be such a thing as "too much." Simple can be wonderful, but if you want details galore roll with that and just remember to stay in line with your budget -- it will save you a lot of time and stress in the long run!
3. Relax and don't freak out. There will be things that don't happen the way you want them to as you plan your Wedding. Maybe it's that one of the bridesmaids can't make it to your bachelorette party, or perhaps one of the groomsmen forgot to pick up the right colored shirt. Stuff happens and for the sake of your own sanity (and that of your soon-to-be spouse), don't let things get you stressed out. Take a deep breath and remember, things may not always be perfect, but everything will work itself out. Keep your heart set on what matters the most -- you are getting married to the one you love!
4. Implement a healthier diet and workout plan. Making healthier changes to your diet and exercise regimen is a common theme for most people come each new year, but when you're a bride, looking your best come your Wedding Day can be especially important. Whether your changes are drastic or gradual, create a plan that is feasible and doable. Remember every change you make no matter how big or small is making a difference for your overall health and well-being.
5. Spend quality time with your sweetheart, family and friends. Sometimes as busy brides-to-be, we forget to take care of the relationships in our inner circles. While you may be swimming in things to do leading up to the Big Day, don't neglect the one you love, or your friends and family for that matter. Try to dedicate time each week/month for your loved ones. Even it's something as simple as going out for coffee or ice cream, or maybe spending time watching a movie out or even at home. Take time to "simply be" with the ones you love.
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About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, I have been the proud owner of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world.