With New Year's Eve and the New Year's day hangovers over for another year, it’s now that time of year when we all start sitting down and thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. For those of you who are planning big day for 2018, you have so many big milestones ahead of you this year, but I have a few resolutions that we think every bride-to-be should make this year…
1. Start Journalling
Journalling is a fantastic way to keep yourself in a constant state of gratitude, even when the stress of planning a wedding starts to wear you down (I know that wedding planning is like a full time job in itself!). I love the idea of keeping a bullet journal full of special moments, stories and gifts that you’ve received during your time of wedding planning, and reading it back over when the post-wedding blues hit. It’s a gorgeous souvenir of this very exciting time, and one that will help you reflect on how lucky you are to be planning such an amazing wedding, even when the craziness hits!
2. Make time for you and your fiancé/e to just be together, without the wedding binder
Wedding planning can be an extremely stressful time for a couple, no matter how long or short your engagement is, and it’s so easy to fall into the trap of spending every moment together talking about your wedding. I suggest taking some time, even just once a week, to put the wedding binder aside and go off and enjoy spending some quality time together doing an activity that you love. Maybe you both love going for bike rides, or playing tennis, or even just walking along the beach at sunset. Spending time together outdoors without looking on Pinterest doing an activity you both love is a great way to feel closer to each other and celebrate this special moment in your lives, plus the exercise will help relieve any pre-wedding jitters and stress!
3. Clean your sparkler regularly
If you just got engaged over the Christmas period (Congrats!!! 💍), your ring is probably still so sparkly that it blinds people, but for the brides who’ve had their rings a little longer and maybe got some ham grease and crayfish juice on them, we recommend that you clean that sparkler regularly. Everyone loves to see your ring, and you don’t want to be showing off that rock with it still covered in rum ball bits.
The best way to clean your ring is to make a mixture in a small bowl of very warm water and a little dishwashing detergent. Soak your ring for roughly half an hour, then gently brush the ring with a very soft toothbrush (a baby’s toothbrush is recommended), and rinse under warm water.
Having a clean ring will make you want to show it off even more, and that’s what being engaged is all about!
4. Get your blushing bride skincare routine started
Even the best make-up artist in the world can’t make neglected skin look as smooth as the model in your make-up inspo pin on Pinterest, so we suggest getting onto your skincare plan ASAP. You generally won’t see massive differences in your skin until one to three months after starting a new skincare routine, so if you have acne, patches of dryness, or dermatitis and eczema, now’s the time to get cracking!
If the thought of working out your own skincare routine scares you, we offer complimentary skincare consultations with our trained and qualified artists, who can help identify any skin issues to be cleared up before your wedding, and create a treatment plan for you, so that you’ll have a clear and smooth canvas for your wedding make-up artists.
You can book a Blushing Bride Skincare Complimentary Consultation with us here: https://byemilygrace.acuityscheduling.com/?appointmentType=5153345
5. Take some time out for just you, no wedding planning allowed!
As I said earlier, wedding planning is a full job in itself, so it does consume your every moment of free time. You find yourself scrolling through Pinterest on your lunch break, trawling through thousands of blogs on the web reading everything that’s wedding related, and talking non-stop to your friends about ivory versus champagne, satin versus chiffon, lace versus tulle.
It’s so important to take some time out for just you, because it’s easy to forget who you are outside of the ring and the fiancé/e and the white dress when your engagement period revolves around your wedding. Go join that exercise class that you’ve been dying to try (extra brownie points if you wear your “Shedding for the Wedding” tank 😂), maybe try a cooking class, or a crafting class, or just go out for drinks with the girls. I only have one rule for you: no wedding talk!
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Do you have wedding resolutions on your list?
I’d love to hear yours, so drop them in the comments below!
Lots of Love,