Getting married in the next year? As a new year approaches, a lot of us will make the familiar New Year’s resolutions, outlining what we hope to accomplish over the next 365 days. So why not include your wedding plans in your resolutions? Here are some tips below on how to do exactly that, along with some strategies to help make sure your resolutions stick! Reading this after the new year? There’s never a bad time to start new habits, so commit to your goals even if it isn’t January.
Identify your wedding priorities
What are the biggest and/or most important things you want (need) to accomplish before your big day? Do you want to save money, get fit, make 23 centrepieces by hand? Start off with making a list of just the top 5 things you want to get done next, and then list them in order of priority and effort required.
Most resolutions fail because they’re too vague, and the reality is that a vague goal without a specific plan is very unlikely to yield any successful results. Take those priorities that you identified above and turn them into S.M.A.R.T goals, that is goals that are Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Time-Based. So instead of a resolution to save money, try a goal of saving $5 dollars per day (Specific, and Measurable) by an automated transfer to a separate account (Action-Oriented and Realistic) over the next 6 months (Time-Based). Honeymoon fund or maybe your first home?
Getting ready for a wedding is no small feat, so don’t do it alone! Enlist the help of your friends and family to help you cross off things from your list, one by one. Ask your BFF to be your new gym buddy, coax your aunt to help you with mailing those invitations, or enlist a wedding planner to source vendors and help you make a budget.
Don’t try to accomplish too much at once. Tackle the biggest/longest goals first, then move on to the next ones. Trying to do everything at one time is sure to cause you to feel overwhelmed, and your upcoming wedding is supposed to be a day of joy and love! If you’re finding yourself with too much to do in too little time, outsource the tasks that are causing you the most grief.
With some intentional planning, you can spend this next year conquering your to-do list and feeling ready for your big day.