Right before New Year's Eve, we all set our resolutions for the coming year. But for brides-to-be getting married in the new year, that list of resolutions can be quite daunting. From setting realistic fitness goals to making changes that help your state of mind, here are some great resolutions for the 2018 bride.
SET REALISTIC GOALS We all want to look our best on our wedding day, but sometimes when we push ourselves too hard, our goals can backfire. Instead, set a realistic goal that you know you can achieve. It will make it less intimidating and easier to accomplish. Michelle E. Fernie-Oley, Founder and Executive Planner of Michelle Elaine Weddings suggests doing "5 push ups every morning before you shower, and then keep building up from there until 10 push ups before a shower becomes your routine." The same goes for your eating habits. "Read the labels on the foods you're buying, cook at home more often, bring healthy snacks and lunches to work," says Michelle. "Don't deprive yourself, if you want the doughnut, have the doughnut, but "treat yourself" every so often, not every day!"
CREATE A ROUTINE To help achieve your goals, create a routine in the new year that you know you can stick to. "Sign up for group fitness classes for a month, schedule them into your calendar and stay committed to completing them," says Michelle. "Replace your happy hours with sweat sessions!" If you don't have to time to head to the gym, Michelle suggests finding an at-home fitness program that you can do on your own time. "Stop making excuses and start making time for [working out]," she says.
STOP TRYING TO BE PERFECT "Brides get crazy after the holidays to look perfect and then they end up not looking like themselves," says Marisa Ronca, Principal Designer & Planner of Marisa Nicole Events. "Don't go crazy doing all these things to yourself that you don't normally do." Instead, focus on yourself and what makes you happy.
LET PEOPLE HELP Quite possibly the most important think you can do is relax and let others help you. You probably have a to-do list that never seems to end, and some days you can get quite overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Instead of stressing, enlist your loved ones to help cross things off that list. "People want to help with the wedding day, so ask them," says Marisa.
DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS Comparing yourself to others is never a good idea, and in the new year, try to ignore outside pressure. "Don't get lost in what others are doing or achieving and don't compare yourself to your friends or others getting married," says Michelle. "Just focus on what's the best for you!"
GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK "Brides are way too hard on themselves and there's so much pressure surrounding the wedding as well," says Marisa. "Coming out of the holidays, brides just feel this pressure and they put that pressure on themselves—I think that brides need to give themselves a break." And we know it may be hard, but limiting the time you spend on Pinterest, or the time you spend looking at other people's weddings, can go a long way in your overall happiness. "I think because we see so much on Pinterest, brides think they have to do certain things and everything has to be perfect," says Marisa. "Don't just do a Pinterest detail because you saw it and think it's cool, do it because it resembles your relationship and who you are." Style Me Pretty Contributor - Jessica Tzikas is a freelance writer, editor, and content manager from South Florida, who recently moved back to the sunshine state after living in Philadelphia for the past few years. When she isn't writing, you can find her reading by the beach, practicing yoga, and exploring nearby towns with her new husband.