26 Utterly-Romantic Resolutions for the Bride and Groom Heading to the Altar
If your plan in the near future is to tie the knot, you already have a big goal set for the New Year. To make it even greater, follow in the footsteps of these couples and keep one (or all!) of these wedding resolutions that will help you orchestrate—and enjoy—the momentous occasion ahead.
… to break the rules.
Who says your entourage has to be understated? The bridesmaids at this destination wedding in Paris showed that sequins, beads, and studs can add sparkle to a ceremony without being too flashy, simply by keeping the dress shapes simple and necklines demure.
… to wear whatever suits my personality.
At their California wedding, Tanner sported a vibrant red suit of his own design handmade by Couture Clothiers and his bride, Caitlin, donned an embroidered Temperley London dress.
… to shine.
Hanna admits this gold satin dress that she snagged at a sample sale was a dramatic choice for her Upstate New York farm wedding, but the bride adds, "It made me smile."
… to go to new lengths to express myself.
This bride, in a short vintage wedding dress, and groom, in his "only suit"—made of seersucker—announced their marital status on the front steps of San Francisco's City Hall with a hand-painted banner.
… to support each other's passions.
Both designers, Trish and Alan painted watercolors inside their invitation booklets illustrating their Greek and Canadian cultural differences in geography, language, anthropology, culinary studies, and music and dance.
… to not let the weather ruin my big day.
When the morning of Alison's wedding started off with a downpour, she and her fiancé, Markus, thought it was a good thing; rain brings in a fog that creates a cozy, romantic mist over the cape of Point Reyes, in Northern California, and it was just the mood they wanted. "I was glad I had my Wellies in my car so I didn't have to wear heels on this dock when it started to rain," the bride says.
… to be surrounded by the people I love most on my special day …
Brooke and Shea had permanent grins at their California wedding as they posed for a selfie with family.
… and my favorite companions, too.
Finn, Laine and Robb's goldendoodle, had been a part of their lives for two years before their wedding day. During the planning stage, they had just one request: their venue must allow dogs for the entire celebration. The beloved pup roamed freely and mingled all day to their delight.
… to remember my wedding is a big day for my parents, too.
At her Michigan wedding, Anne had both of her parents escort her down the aisle to meet her groom, Shane.
… to not take ourselves too seriously.
Chelsa and Dennis brought a little throwback flair to their ceremony: The bride made her entrance to the theme from Jurassic Park, a childhood favorite. "Everyone told me seeing Chelsa walk down the aisle would be the best part," says Dennis. "It definitely lived up to the hype."
… to savor the sweet moments.
After their first look, Lindsay and Andy roamed the streets of Florence, enjoying gelato together on the warm summer day.
… to kiss as often as possible.
During their photos, Kristy and Marc snuggled up.
… to hold hands in a way that feels like you will never let go.
This couple joined together before their reception tables set up in a warehouse in Calgary.
… to get lost in each other's eyes.
Dwight wanted to surprise his sweetheart with a proposal that was something special—so special that a wedding followed just a few hours later.
… to make my vows my own.
Tiler and Robbie made their vows extra special by penning them themselves, with Tiler declaring to her childhood sweetheart, "You were my first kiss, and I'm so glad that you're going to be my last."
… to allow myself to get emotional.
Seeing his bride, Ali, brought this groom, Jess, to tears. "I knew I was going to be emotional, but since I had already spent some time with her taking photos, I didn't expect my reaction to be so strong," Jess recalls of Ali's entrance. "I started crying before I even saw her coming down the aisle."
… to not sweat the small stuff.
At their wedding, Alison and Markus twirled to Sam Cooke's "Win Your Love for Me." It wasn't the song they chose and rehearsed (that was Cooke's "You Send Me"), but they kept smiling nonetheless when the band started playing the unexpected tune! (Alison had mistakenly told them the wrong song.)
… to find a moment together.
"Everybody said we should take a moment for ourselves," Teresa says of her impromptu, postceremony canoe ride on Maine's Sebago Lake with new husband Pepin. "So we paddled away!"
… to let my hair down and get my feet wet.
After formal family photos on the bluff of the property, Gabriela and Tyson ventured down to the oceanfront and shook off their shoes for a few portraits alone.
… to encourage everyone to dance and jump for joy.
His duties complete, Casey and Ross's ring bearer let loose on the dance floor after the wedding ceremony.
… to light up the evening skies with words of love.
For Christen and Billy's wedding in Palm Springs, Bash Please suggested having a neon sign reading "love is vast and infinite" lit up at dusk as a surprise in the middle of the desert that guests could see from the reception.
… to follow the path least traveled, in any old wheels I choose.
Quinn and Andy stole a kiss at their destination wedding in Vietnam before cruising to the river in a vintage motorbike and sidecar.
… to celebrate our love from sunrise …
Bethany and Chad chose to hold their wedding at daybreak because of its undeniable symbolism. "We loved the idea of the rising of the sun as a metaphor for a fresh start," says Bethany.
… to sunset.
After an early evening ceremony, Amanda and Teresa took a walk along the beach as the sun set midway through their waterfront reception in Florida.
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