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By: Stephani Bloomquist | Posted: 01/13/2014
Ahh, the New Year. I love a clean slate. There’s always talk of New Year’s resolutions, but I usually use the turn of a year to make goals for myself (that is, goals I probably should have made earlier). Here, a list of what I hope to accomplish early on in 2014, before my own wedding. Perhaps sharing this with you will help to keep me more accountable!
1. Don’t get caught up in the details. Most of the decor for our wedding, including the flowers, will be DIY. When a wedding is heavy on the DIY, it’s easy to get lost in the details of each project. I hope to remember that even if one craft doesn’t work out or I don’t have enough time for a certain part of the decor I envisioned, that it won’t take away from the beauty of the day—and more than likely nobody's going to notice anyway. If it’s more work than I bargained for and it’s driving me crazy, I have decided it’s OK to let go.
2. Get things done early. I’m already inherently a planner, which is why I had our venue, caterer, photographer, my dress, hotel blocks, rentals, save-the-dates, and more done in 2013. My goal is to continue with that momentum in the beginning of the year so my fiancé and I can relax more when it gets closer to the big day. Probably easier said than done.
3. Make (and complete) a bucket list with my groom. So many people say that planning a wedding is like a full-time job, and it can easily seem that way, making life so much busier than it already is. When this happens, it becomes more difficult to spend quality time with your significant other. Each summer/winter my fiancé and I make a list of things we want to do together. Inevitably the summer goes by too quickly and we tend to lack motivation in the cold, looong winter, so I hope to make an achievable list of things we want to do together before the big day. Getting a dog and skydiving are near the top of that list (are you reading this, Eric?).
4. Divide and conquer. I often hear of brides who have a hard time figuring out how to get their groom involved in the planning process. As much as a bride might want to do everything herself, there comes a time when you realize you just can’t. That’s when it’s time to enlist your partner-in-crime to do some stuff he might be interested in. Does he like cool cars? He could help figure out transportation. In the same vein, he could book the hotel blocks, help research vendors, etc. Find out what’s most important to him on the big day and let him take some of the work off your plate.
5. Look and feel my best for the big day. Of course, this is a common resolution or goal, and can be achieved with a combination of getting your butt to the gym and eating clean. To go along with this, it’s also my goal to add more fresh juice to my diet in an effort to up my vegetable intake. A few of our editors tried some juice brands last year, but I’m also interested in trying the newer local juice company, Zula. Wish me luck (and willpower)!
Emily Howald Sefton is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s deputy features editor and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings’ editor. See bio
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