10 bridal New Year’s resolutions

Bridal New Year’s resolutions: Handmade decorationsBridal New Year’s resolutions: Handmade decorations

Lose weight

We all want to look our best when it comes to the big day, and New Year is always a great time to kick-start some weight loss. Whether it’s through a pre-wedding diet or an exercise regime, there are plenty of ways to shift some pounds that won’t get in the way of planning. As well as losing weight you’ll also enjoy a boost in your overall health and wellbeing, which will give you that healthy glow every bride dreams of when you walk down the aisle.


Whether it’s a best friend who you’ve drifted apart from, or a family member you’ve had a petty argument with, make it your resolution to get back in touch with someone you were once close to and invite them to your wedding. What better reason than the most important day of your life to let bygones be bygones and reconcile with a loved one? They’ll probably be thrilled that you asked, and it’ll soon seem like you were never apart.

Involve your other half

See that guy who keeps hanging around your house and desperately tries to offer his opinion on the planning process, only to be told to ‘shush’? That’s your soon-to-be husband, and this is his wedding too. Yes, he will probably make silly suggestions, but it’s unfair to expect to have everything exactly how you want it with no compromise. You won’t be able to enjoy the day if he’s miserable, so make a resolution to involve him in as much of the wedding planning as possible.

Don’t stress

We know, we know – this is easier said than done, but hear us out. You will enjoy the whole wedding process so much more if you are calm and collected, and nobody wants to end up being Bridezilla. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the wedding planning, don’t attempt to grin and bear it. Make a resolution to take a complete day off from planning every week, when you can relax, pamper yourself, and collect your thoughts.

Plan the seating

This is one of those tasks that seems like it should be simple, but turns out to be quite the opposite. Where will the kid’s table be? Who is going to get lumped with your grouchy Grandpa Joe? Which family members should sit near the front? Instead of leaving it until the last minute and going into a blind panic, plan your wedding seating as soon as you get a free moment in the New Year.

Talk about finances

Every bride out there wants her dream wedding, but sadly there always seems to be one thing that gets in the way of it happening – money. Weddings are expensive, and to think otherwise will only lead to disappointment. However, with some savvy financial planning you can still have a magical day on a budget. Start the year by sitting down and planning out your budget, and you’ll be able to have a truly memorable wedding without breaking the bank.

Try at least one piece of DIY

Planning a wedding is a pricey affair, so anything that you can save money on should be a welcome option. One way in which you can do this is by trying a bit of DIY. Handmade centrepieces, napkin ties, and decorations are all easy to make, and could even turn out looking better than their store-purchased alternatives. These handcrafted items will also make for a great wedding memento for you and your guests to take home at the end of the day.

Remember what it’s all about

With so much to plan and prepare for leading up to your wedding day, it’s all too easy to forget what marriage is really about. You and your husband are going to be spending the rest of your life together, and soon the wedding day itself will be no more than a memory – albeit a happy one! To make sure the wedding doesn’t drive you both crazy, make a promise that you will spend one night a week together when you simply enjoy each other’s company with no planning talk whatsoever.

Give something up

Do you have a vice or unhealthy habit? Most people do, and most people want to give them up. So, what better reason to ditch your vices by the date of your wedding? Using your big day as a milestone is a great target, and should give you that extra bit of motivation you need. Whether it’s smoking or biting your nails, you’ll feel even better come the day of your wedding if you’ve successfully ditched the habit.

Don’t forget the small things

Every wedding will have countless small details that need to be planned, such as napkins, favours, and place settings. They might not seem like a big deal, but it’s these little things that all add up to make the perfect wedding. Brides often assume they can sort this kind of thing out at the last minute, and then stress when it takes longer than they thought. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by making a checklist of these small details and ticking them off as soon as possible in the New Year. Read more on getwed.com...
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