As we gear up to clink together glasses of champagne and toast to a new year, we may find ourselves eyeballing a piece of paper, writing down our hopes, dreams, and promises for the year to come, in the form of New Year's resolutions.
If the biggest thing you’re looking forward to in the new year is your wedding, you might want to add one or two of these resolutions to your list, so that you can continue planning your wedding without any extra stress, budget issues, or headaches from your hired wedding vendors.
Embrace Any Wedding Challenges
There’s no such thing as a perfect day, and knowing and accepting that before your wedding comes around can be a big challenge for any bride.
Julia McKelvey, the director of catering and event management at The St. Regis Atlanta, says that a good resolution is to live by the philosophy that every challenge has a solution.
“When challenges or stress and anxiety arise during the planning process use your professional team to help find the solution and commit to letting go of it for 48-hours to gain a better perspective on what you’re facing,” McKelvey says. “This could be as simple as guests who will or will not make the cut or as big as the flower you always dreamed of isn’t in season.”
2. Remember the Purpose of Your Wedding
Checklists and vendor meetings might be taking over your calendar, but one thing it’s important to schedule in now for next year is quality time with the person you’re about to say "I do" to.
“Take time to just be together,” says Annmarie Borosic, founder, CEO, and principal planner of Event Culture. “Wedding planning takes a lot of time and effort. Emotions run high and can be stressful from time to time. Taking time for regularly scheduled date nights with no wedding talk will allow you to re-connect and keep your sights on why you're getting married, to begin with; because of how much you love one another.”
3. Don’t Procrastinate on Big Decisions
If you know that you are particularly a person who likes to wait until the last minute to make key decisions, one resolution to add to your list is to make sure you book your key wedding vendors as soon as you can, so you don’t face extra fees or fewer options.
“The best resolution a bride can make is to be sure they book their vendors as far in advance as possible,” says Isabel Piaggi, Director of Events for Larkspur Dining & Events. “As the bride gets closer to the wedding date, the likelihood of these skilled professionals to book out is far more likely.”
4. Be Honest About Your DIY Skills
While doing DIY projects can save you a ton of cash, they can’t always guarantee that you’ll save yourself a lot of moments of stress.
Jennifer Borgh, a destination wedding planner and owner of Borghinvilla Wedding Venue in Jamaica, says to make a resolution now to only DIY items you will have time to do before your wedding.
“Only DIY items you can do very well,” Borgh says. “There is nothing worse than featuring a craft project gone wrong next to your expensive lobster dinner.”
5. Save Smart
One of your overall resolutions for the new year might involve your spending habits and finding ways to cut back on your wedding budget. But Borgh recommends that you make wise decisions about your budget instead of cheap decisions.
“Cutting out a tier of your cake might be a better way to save money than ordering a cake from a cheaper baker,” Borgh says. “Ordering local flowers might be better than ordering less imported flowers.”
6. Keep a List of What’s Important
Part of what you can add to your resolutions for the year is a list of things you want to make sure you give a little extra attention to on your wedding day.
“Create a list of things are important to each of you for the wedding,” says Borosic. “I always advise my clients to jot down things they've loved from weddings they've attended, and things they've hated. This gives them a sense of direction on what aspects will need the most attention, and where the majority of their budget will be spent.”