01 Dec When did it become December?
It’s become such a cliche these days, but seriously, where did the year go?! And what a year it’s been.
Clear out the clutter
Ignoring the wider world for a few moments, as a bride-to-be it’s really important to take some time for yourself over the festive break and clear out some (mental) clutter. With 2017 a matter of weeks away, for those of you getting married ‘next year’ it’s quickly going to become ‘next month’ and then – eek – ‘next week’. As most suppliers close their doors over Christmas and New Year, now is the time to take a breather and reassess. What wedding planning is left to do? And what can you happily tick off the list.
Well done you
Firstly, give yourself a big pat on the back for all of the hardwork and decision making you’ve done this year. Wedding planning is no easy task! It’s important that you recognise your successes and all that you have achieved. Filter out inspiration images that no longer represent your wedding, and just really focus on building from the foundations you have in place. Put aside those photos of the venue that you loved, but just wasn’t workable. Delete the pins of that spring wedding you are never going to have in November! It will only confuse and add stress to your planning, which is not something you want to carry forwards into the new year.
Get plans in place
Secondly, be realistic about the time you have left to plan. It’s a good idea to set targets of things to achieve every month, and do what you can to stick to them. One of the biggest pieces of advice I give to brides is simple: the key to making the process as stress-free as possible is efficient decision making. There is a lot to be said for going with your gut and not over thinking. Particularly when it comes to the look of your wedding, remember that it will come together. Choosing what you love rather than focusing on the tiny details will reap rewards in the end.
Time to commit
And to that end, there’s no better feeling than knowing that the big decisions are all done and dusted, before settling into your Christmas festivities. Keep dreaming about that one wedding dress that you knew you loved, but weren’t quite ready to commit to? Keep looking at the same bridesmaids dresses online and just haven’t quite got round to trying them on? Do it now, and give yourself another big tick on the to-do list.