New Year’s Resolutions for Every Bride-to-Be

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As the new year rolls around, it has almost everyone thinking about what they want to commit to as the next twelve months kicks off. New year’s resolutions are a normal part of January, but when you’re engaged, you might want to think about yours differently. Set goals as a bride that will specifically help you navigate the wedding planning process and stay sane while doing it!

Stick to a Budget

The first resolution every bride-to-be should make is to stick to their wedding budget. This is top of mind for many engaged couples, but actually sticking to that budget is easier said than done. At the beginning of the new year, set your intentions for not spending more money on your wedding than you’ve planned.

Stay Organized

It can be pretty easy to let your wedding planning become overwhelming and to let all the little details become, for lack of a better term, a mess. Make a resolution to set a plan for how you will stay organized as far as wedding planning goes in the new year.

Stress Less

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It’s no secret that wedding planning can be pretty stressful—but it doesn’t have to be! Make a resolution that you will more zen in the new year, especially surrounding wedding planning. Use meditation, yoga, or other stress-relieving practices to keep this promise, which will in turn allow you to enjoy the process more.

Don’t be a Bridezilla

It can be easy to get wrapped up in planning your wedding and to become a bit of bridezilla. Make it your mission not to let that occur this year. Vow to let the little things go, to think about how you’d want to be treated if you were your bridesmaids, fiancé, vendors, or family members, and remember that your wedding is not worth freaking out or being mean over.

Stand up for Yourself in Decision Making

For timid brides, it can be easy to let others steamroll you during the wedding planning process. With so many opinions and ideas for the big day, it can be all too easy to let others have their way without you being in complete agreement. Remember that this event is about you and your future spouse and that you should stick up for your desires, vision, and ideas when it comes to your own wedding.

Spend Time with Your Fiancé (Outside of Wedding Planning)

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Commit to spending time with your fiancé in the new year and not making it all about your impending wedding. While planning your big day is fun, it can be exhausting, too. Take a break every once in a while to just enjoy life and spend quality time together.

Enjoy Your Engagement

Because of all the chaos associated with wedding planning, it can be kind of tough to even enjoy this special time of being engaged. Make a resolution to take in this memorable time and to make the most out of it. Eventually, you’ll be married and will look back on these weeks and months and wish you could have it back!

Don’t Feel Guilty for the Attention

When planning a wedding, it can be easy to feel guilty about a range of things. From making people travel to feeling like you don’t deserve so much attention, the feeling of guilt can certainly take away from your happiness as you go through the process. Make a commitment to remembering that everyone is doing these things because they love you and want to celebrate this special time of your life—and that’s nothing to feel guilty about.

Be Healthy

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Many brides aim to lose weight for the big day or to get in better shape. Regardless of what your body or fitness goals are for your wedding, make a resolution to be healthy. Drink enough water, get an adequate amount of sleep, exercise regularly, and eat well. Sticking to this resolution will allow you to feel great all year long and especially on your wedding day.

Setting these resolutions—and actually sticking to them—will make life easier as you work towards your big day!

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