8 Wedding Planning Resolutions That Are Too Good to Break
With only a few days left in the year, it’s time to start thinking about what you want for the year ahead. As you’re making all those relationship resolutions, setting personal goals, and reflecting on what’s important, why not rethink the way you’ve been handling the wedding planning process, too? Whether you recently got engaged or are in the final countdown, here are 8 promises that you and your partner should make together as you head into a whole new year of wedding planning. May the new year be peaceful and productive!
1. We will be realistic with our to-do list:
Sit down with your partner over the next few days and create a detailed to-do list with everything you need to take care of over the next few months. Then decide what’s most important to tackle now and what can wait until later. Yes, we know; there are a million things that need to get done before your walk down the aisle. But you don’t need to do them all RIGHT NOW, so break that massive list down into manageable parts. You’ll be surprised how good that feels…and you may even start to enjoy wedding planning (gasp!). Continue to divide and conquer until every last item is crossed off.
2. We will make dinner a wedding-free zone:
Wedding planning probably isn’t your full-time job, but at some point, it may feel like it is. Between the phone calls, emails, discussions, and appointments, it’s easy for your relationship to take a back seat to your big day. But don’t let that happen in 2017. Remember that you both have lives outside of the wedding and carve out some time each day to talk about everything else you have going on. The wedding will still be there when you get back.
3. We won’t sweat the small stuff:
We get it; every single decision you make about your wedding seems like a big deal. And on some level it is. But we all have a tendency to catastrophize a situation from time to time, completely breaking down over something that’s pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things. So this year, remind each other that while all the little details are nice and will make for a fun day, they’re just a small part of what the big day is all about. It will help keep things in perspective and make the process go more smoothly.
4. We will set a feasible timeline
The key to wedding planning bliss? A realistic timeline. Figure out how much time you’ll really need to plan your dream wedding, and factor in other big events you have on the books, like work commitments, family responsibilities, travel plans, and the holidays. While it’s totally possible to plan a wedding in three months or less, it may not be the most enjoyable way to go about things. Considering giving yourself six months or even a a year to make sure you have ample time to get everything done in a timely manner.
5. We will remain flexible
No matter how much of an expert planner you are, not everything will go according to plan. Maybe the weather doesn’t cooperate or your dream venue is booked solid. When things start to get off course, remind each other that it will be okay. Be willing to switch gears and don’t let yourself get flustered or stressed when things go awry. Instead, vow to roll with the punches and look on the bright side no matter what. Be sure to have a backup plan in place that you actually like!
6. We will make time for date night once a week:
As excited as you are about your upcoming nuptials, wedding planning is a stressful process. While you’re analyzing flowers and picking out invitations, it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re doing all this (it’s spelled l-o-v-e). So pledge to take a break from the planning now and then to just enjoy each other and have fun! Whether you sign up for a juggling class, go for a hike somewhere new or just snuggle on the couch to watch a movie, you’ll both appreciate the one-on-one time.
7. We will stop procrastinating:
We’re all guilty of putting off until tomorrow what is better done today, but letting your to-do list buildup will only stress you out. Be proactive and get stuff done…even if it’s not the most glamorous part of the process. Finalize the guest list, address those save-the-dates, and work out the seating arrangements. Once you take care of the less exciting tasks you’ll have more time to spend on the enjoyable things, like cake tasting, wedding dress shopping, and creating the perfect playlist.
8. We will enjoy the planning process:
As stressful as it can be to plan a wedding, it should also be enjoyable. You’re putting together a day to celebrate your everlasting love with your nearest and dearest, after all! So embrace the fun factor, loosen up, and keep in mind what’s important (you’re getting married!). Even if you can’t find those perfect blue shoes, we promise that it will all work out great in the end.