You may have been planning your wedding for a while. “Oh, we’re getting married in 2017” you say, and the date seems quite a long way off. And then suddenly, 2017 is just around the corner and you realise you’re getting married this coming year.

Which means that it’s time to make your bridal New Year resolutions for your wedding day. Here are some of our suggestions and feel free to add any of your own by leaving a comment for other brides in the box below.

2017 resolutions for brides

wedding flowers at reception

Image via David Bostock Photography

I will set a wedding budget

If you haven’t already done so, then it really is important that the two of you sit down and make a wedding budget. List all the expenses you are going to have: Venue costs, photography, wedding dress, flowers, food, wine, videography, bridesmaid gifts… and so on. Then get some prices together. You then need to look at your income and work out what you can afford to save every month to put towards your wedding. Look at the final totals of prices and what you can save. You’ll then have a good idea of what is affordable to you. This is really something you need to do almost as soon as you get engaged. Keeping an eye on your wedding finances is always crucial.

exercising woman

Are you on a wedding fitness regime?

I won’t go on a crash diet/fitness binge

Obviously you want to look your very best on your wedding day. A beautiful bride in a gorgeous dress. You want your wedding photographs to look wonderful, something to show the grandchildren. But don’t be tempted to overdo the diet or fitness. A good diet is a habit for life not just for a few weeks before the wedding. Setting up good eating habits will do you much more good in the long term and besides, strict diets are very difficult to stick to and the results aren’t generally long-term.

The same applies to fitness. If you’ve never been much of an exerciser, then don’t decide to hit the gym in the few weeks left before your wedding. You absolutely don’t want to get an injury. The realistic way would be to go to your local gym and talk to a personal trainer. See what is available in the time you have and what you can honestly see yourself doing. There are other ways of getting fit than going to a gym, maybe you could take up walking at weekends or start some dancing lessons!

wedding couple

This couple having some “us” time

I will make me-time for me and my fiancé

It’s very easy to get swept up into wedding planning and retreat into an organisational whirl. You don’t want your partner to feel left out in the cold so make sure that you schedule a date night and some special time into your schedule every week. And don’t just discuss the wedding either. Before you were engaged, there were plenty of other things you talked about. So take the time to go out and see the latest film, go to a sports match or spend the night away somewhere special.

Bridezillas are a joke but joking aside, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being a stressed out, grumpy bride-to-be who is obsessed with the smallest wedding detail and you don’t want to go there!

wedding dress

Wedding Dress

I will let my suppliers get on with their job

Once you’ve chosen your wedding flowers, photographer, venue and dress then leave those people to get on with their work. They’re professionals and they have much more wedding experience than you do. So don’t be ringing them up all the time with new instructions, new thoughts and changes. Get your thoughts in place first and of course you can adapt a little but don’t be hovering over them as you’re just creating unnecessary stress for yourself! This is one of the key 2017 resolutions for brides!

I won’t be pressured into inviting people to my big day

This one is slightly trickier, particularly if you’re being funded by parents. But the rule is that you don’t have to have anybody around on your wedding day if you don’t want them to be there. If you have a sister/cousin/uncle/ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend who is likely to cause a scene then don’t feel you have to invite them. It’s your big day and you only want to have people there who will enhance it and be rooting for you.