5 New Year’s Resolutions for Future Brides and Grooms

The start of a new year usually brings with it promises and plans to live better, eat smarter, and exercise more. Those are three worthwhile resolutions, but there are also a few promises brides- and grooms-to-be can make to themselves—and each other—that’ll help the wedding planning process go nice and smoothly, and allow you to enjoy it, too. Here are five resolutions you’ll want to stick to this year.

5 New Year's Resolutions for Future Brides and Grooms | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Lauren Kinsey (Santa Rosa Beach)

  1. Live Healthfully Together. While exercise is a major component of your overall health, it isn’t everything. Keeping your mind clear of useless clutter and choosing vitamin-packed, wholesome foods are also part of the package. So, leading up to your wedding, vow to keep each other motivated when it comes to burning calories (you can go for walks and jogs together and cheer each other on at CrossFit), but also make a point to cook delicious, healthful foods at home (or make smart choices when you eat out), take time to clear your minds (yoga works wonders), and air your stresses in frequent conversations so you don’t bottle things up only to have a major blow-up later.
  2. Don’t Procrastinate. Writing out guests lists, registering for gifts, and planning dinner menus can feel like chores once you start to put them off. Avoid extra stress by staying on top of your to-dos—crossing things off your list will feel so empowering!
  3. Have the Budget Talk. The road to Happily Ever After begins with a frank and honest conversation about how much you’d like to spend on your wedding. Be honest with yourselves and each other—a 500-person guest list might sound like a lot of fun, but boil it down the second you feel stress seeping in.
  4. Enjoy the Moment(s). Planning a wedding can feel like serious business, and it is. But no matter what happens, at the end of the day, you’ll be united in matrimony, which is the ultimate goal. So if slip-ups, mistakes, and mishaps rear their ugly heads, to try to remember that it’s all part of the process and have a good laugh instead. You’ll only plan your wedding once, so make the most of it!
  5. Have the Wedding You Want. Proud parents, starry-eyed best friends, and smooth-talking salespeople can all play a part in influencing your wedding planning. As in life, with a wedding, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, so stick to your guns and have the wedding you want. (Just be polite and offer thanks for any unwanted advice or opinions.) Your friends and family will love and support you however you end up saying “I do.”

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