New Years Resolutions for Brides

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Are you spending at least part of 2013 planning your wedding? If so, you don’t need anyone to tell you that wedding planning is one of the most stressful experiences of your life – but it’s also among the most rewarding. If you’re able to stay on track with wedding planning, you can minimize some of your stress by following through with these five New Year’s resolutions.

1. Relax! Stress will only set you back. Whether it’s a weekend at the spa or a coffee break with your closest friend, don’t forget to allow time for yourself to relax. Resolve to make it a priority for your mental and physical health as well as the overall success of the wedding. Use all the the resources available to you, you aren’t alone in this planning process. Wedding Essentials is here to help you when you need it. Ask us anything! Just email weddingessentials@owh.com and we’ll work on hooking you up with an answer, or at least find someone who has an answer.

2. Get organized – and stay that way. Whether you’ve started your wedding planning or you’re in the middle of it, you’re going to forget something important if you’re not organized. Everyone has different methods for organization and how you organize isn’t as important as actually doing it. If you are tech savvy, start an online calendar, Excel spreadsheet for your guest list, share your planning boards with your fiances and vendors. If you know you need something tangible, start a planning notebook and folder where you keep all important information. Make a master checklist and start checking items off!

3. Keep appointments. Food tastings, alterations, touring venues – it’s a lot to manage. Don’t overbook yourself and focus on keeping your appointments to avoid procrastination. Use technology such as automated email alerts and smartphone alarms to set reminders for yourself (and your fianc? and wedding party if necessary).

4. Live by deadlines. Set deadlines for all selections and ordering and stick to them. You know how great it feels to meet or beat a deadline at work? It feels even better when you beat deadlines related to your wedding. When creating deadlines, always assume someone else might mess up. Perhaps a bridesmaid won’t order her dress on time or a particular venue takes time to return your calls. You’ll be more likely to succeed if you can keep as much of the planning process within your control as possible.

5. Stay on budget. As you get organized, make sure to stay conscious of your budget. How much are you budgeting for each area of your wedding? For most couples, the costs of venues, photography and videography are typically the most expensive (and the hardest to book), so start there and work your way down. Early on in planning, make a list of items that are important to you and your fiance. It you find yourself tempted to go over-budget, check to see if the costly item is on your must-have list. If not, just say no — you won’t regret it later.

Avoid the freak out and the meltdown with proper planning, which will allow you to remember that a wedding lasts a day and a marriage lasts a lifetime. (adapted from examiner.com‘s new year resolutions)

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