Ring in the near year with these plans for your future nuptials.

By Ellie Finn
December 26, 2018
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Whether you make one every year or skip the tradition entirely, New Year's resolutions can be an invaluable asset to wedding planning. When done right, these mini-goals can help keep couples on-track and set the foundation for a long, healthy relationship. Not sure where to start? Read on for four wedding-related resolution suggestions from Catherine Bronza, LCSW LLC, of Orlando Relationship Consulting.

Resolve to remember your "why."

Whether you've just started to plan the wedding or are several months in, resolving to keep what's most important about your big day at the forefront of your mind can become a guiding principle. "A useful tool to address planning conflict is to invite your partner to write down what they hope to remember about the wedding day on their tenth anniversary," suggests Bronza. "That often helps distill a shared vision." Refer back to this vision when things get tense, as it's a surefire way to settle any heated conversations.

Resolve to compromise.

"In our culture today, there is a big emphasis on 'me,'" notes Bronza. "Softening that up a bit helps couples learn that it's okay to give in a little here and there in order to nurture the development of a strong bond with their partner." Even the smallest compromises will help you and your partner to better understand each other's needs, and learning to compromise effectively on the little stuff paves the way for the bigger stuff down the road.

Resolve to become financially savvy-together.

Financial resolutions are popular, but this one focuses specifically on talking about and handling money together. "Financial discord is one of the biggest triggers for conflict, and couples who make the effort to work through this important dynamic have overall better marital satisfaction," says Bronza. To better learn about each other's financial habits, pay attention to who is handling the budget, financial priorities, and openly discussing how saving and spending money makes each partner feel.

Resolve to take a break.

Though wedding planning can feel like a full-time job, it's important to spend time together that doesn't revolve around the big day. Make an effort to have weekly date nights, see your friends, and spend quality time together at home. In short, do all of the stuff that made you want to get married in the first place!


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