With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, there’s no time better than the present to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. Since getting engaged this past August, it’s safe to say I’ve had wedding planning on my mind 24/7 during the last few months of 2017. And now, with a new year ahead, and our wedding set for next fall, my goals for 2018 are inspiring me more than ever. After all, there is so much to do when planning a wedding, and so many major milestones for brides during the year leading up to the big event! So, I sat down and did some reflecting and goal making this week and came up with 5 resolutions I’d like to make as a bride this year…
From getting a solid skincare routine to building out our wedding registry, these resolutions should serve as inspiration for all our brides out there, even if you’re at a different stage of the wedding planning process. And, that said, I’d love to read about what your wedding resolutions are for the year too, so be sure to leave them in the comments below.
Without further ado, here are my bridal resolutions for 2018…
1. Create a paper suite.
One of the first steps in planning any event is figuring out who you will invite, and how. Meaning, designing the save the dates and invitations is a very important step! Not only do they set the tone for the entire wedding weekend, but they also ensure that all of your guests have your wedding date marked down in their calendar. On the top of my 2018 to-do list is figuring out my paper suite, and getting those invites in the mail.
2. Register with Zola.
A big goal I am resolving to accomplish this year is registering for my wedding gifts with Zola. Normally, this would feel like a daunting task to me (as I’m sure it does to majority of brides out there). But Zola makes the process stress-free by allowing couples to curate their perfect registry from 50,000 gifts, experiences, and cash funds from 500 top brands. With that many options, it’s no wonder brides turn to Zola’s easy process. Say goodbye to going to multiple stores to fill your list; say hello to browsing thousands of beautiful gifts that actually speak to your taste! You simply head to Zola.com, click “start your registry” and sign up. After you’ve filled in your basic info, Zola takes you to their registry suite and the fun part begins: Picking your wedding gifts! I’m personally obsessed with Zola’s flatware and kitchen appliances, which have me feeling so excited to cook and bake with my fiancé in the coming year. Not only does Zola have traditional newlywed home upgrades, but they also have gifts for the modern couple—like luggage and Airbnb gift cards. Zola also offers free planning tools, like their free wedding websites, RSVP manager, customizable checklist, and more. Basically, it’s a must for busy brides like myself. I recommend all brides check it out! Click here to get $50 towards your Zola registry when you sign up.
3. Get a solid skincare routine for a glowing wedding complexion.
I remember reading our beauty bridal timeline when it went up on LaurenConrad.com a few years ago and, while the subject matter was interesting, it didn’t really pertain to me. Fast forward to four years later, and this post was one of the first ones I pulled up after getting engaged. If you want glowing, clear skin, then solidifying a wedding beauty regimen is crucial in the months leading up to the big day. I’ve done a bit of preliminary beauty research since getting engaged, but I plan on doing a full-blown overhaul in 2018. From creating effective skincare regimen to investing in regular facials to switching to all-natural makeup products, nailing down a skincare routine is a bridal must-have leading up to the wedding.
4. Get in the best shape ever.
I’ve always considered myself super active and I never go too many days without breaking a sweat. But, maintaining a workout routine and kicking it up a notch are two totally different things. Leading up to my wedding in October, I’m resolving to get in my best shape ever. Because, not only do I want to look great in my wedding dress, but I also want to feel confident, strong and healthy when I say, “I do.” I plan on making HIIT workouts a big part of my workout routine and mixing in toning workouts like Pilates and yoga. And it goes without saying that eating healthy meals full of vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats (like avocado and olive oil) goes hand-in-hand with this resolution.
5. Keep calm and plan on.
While the previously listed resolution was all about getting physically fit, this one pertains to the mental side of things. Wedding planning can be a stressful time, especially when it goes alongside working full time, staying in shape, keeping up with a busy social schedule, and everything in between. So this year, I want to make sure I am extra aware of taking time for myself to relax and reflect. To me that means getting a massage or mani-pedi every once in a while, going to yoga, meditating, and journaling. A bride friend of mine recently told me that she kept a journal of special moments and special gifts she received throughout her year of wedding planning. I thought this was a genius idea, and will be adapting it myself!
What wedding resolutions are on your list?
And, all brides out there: Are there any tips you have for planning a wedding?
I’d love to read all about your resolutions and wedding planning tips, so leave them in the comments below.