Happy New Year from all of us at GreenAcres! We hope that the coming year is nothing but kind and wonderful to you. If you’re newly engaged – congratulations and welcome to a super exciting time as you plan your wedding. Whatever the date of your big day and however many months of planning you have ahead of you, here are a few wedding planning resolutions that should see you through 2019 with a smile.
- Give your budget a health-check – if you’ve been planning for a while, you should definitely start the year by giving your budget a health check. Are you on track with payments and savings? Have you gone over your budget in one or two areas and need to cut back elsewhere? Have you dipped into your contingency fund? Knowing exactly where you are with your money is super important so that you don’t hit problems further along the line so if things aren’t looking too healthy right now, don’t panic. Make the adjustments that you need to sooner rather than later.
- Overhaul your to-do list – give your list an early spring clean so it’s super clear what you need to do as you hit the new year. Update deadlines, remove anything from your list that doesn’t need to be there anymore and add more details wherever possible so that you know exactly what you need to do and when.
- Contact your suppliers – if you’ve had your major suppliers booked for a while, it can be a good idea to re-contact them. You might need to update them on your plans or timings for the day, it might be that your ideas have developed (or changed) or you might just have a couple of questions that you’d like them to answer. Whatever the reason, reconnecting at this time of year is definitely the right thing to do.
- Give yourself a little more time – one of the things that causes more wedding stress is time and more specifically, the lack of it. If you’re planning out when you’ll do your wedding DIY or shop for your dress, give yourself more time than you think you’ll need. This way, if things take longer than you expected, you’ll still be on schedule. Similarly, when it comes to your wedding day schedule, give yourself extra time. Build in extra time to get ready, extra time with your guests and definitely extra time to just enjoy the day – you’ll be glad you did!
- Be kind to yourself – it’s easy to put lots of pressure on yourself when you’re planning your wedding day so if there’s one thing we’d urge you to do this year, it’s be kind to yourself. No-one has super-human planning powers so be realistic and always remember that you’re only human and whatever happens, you’re doing your best.
- Include a few eco-friendly touches – your wedding day absolutely doesn’t have to cost the earth so why not try to include a few environmentally friendly details in your day? If everyone just did something, think of the positive impact this would have. We’ve got some sustainable and ethical wedding ideas for you here so why not take a look and make a change?
- Put together your post-wedding plan – it’s easy to forget that there’s a life post-wedding day too and if you want to avoid feeling a bit down after the big day, it’s important to plan ahead. Make sure that you’ve got things to look forward to, think about seeing friends and family again and even getting back into those hobbies that you might have let slip whilst you were planning. Also, think about the practical things that need to be done once you’re married. There’s lots to do including writing your thank you cards, arranging for gifts to be delivered, dealing with all the change-of-name admin and even deciding on the photos for your album.
- Don’t forget to date – always remember, throughout your wedding planning, why you’re doing all of this. It’s because you love your partner so keep dating, keep having fun together, keep doing all of the things that make you both you. Then, when it comes to the big day, you’ll be more in love than ever.
If your wedding planning to do list still has ‘find perfect venue’ at the top, why not come and find out more about woodland weddings at GreenAcres? Our woodlands at Chiltern, Colney, Heatherley Wood and Rainford all have their own unique charms and we’d love to show you around. Click here for more information or to arrange a visit.
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