4 Things to Look Forward to and 3 to Let Go of in 2023

We believe that 2023 will be a marvelous year for weddings! If 2022 is any indication, then we can look forward to meaningful gatherings, both grand and intimate, epic destination celebrations, the best of wedding fashion, and above all, creating memories that you will always treasure. Instead of resolutions, we want to be a bit more active and intentional in making the coming year a great one as you plan your wedding. We took some time to reflect about what kind of mindset would help lift us all up. We asked ourselves these questions: What should we look forward to in 2023? What should we let go of and leave behind?

We hope this gives you the encouragement you need in your wedding planning journey. Read on!

What to look forward to

Precious Time with Friends and Family
Planning a wedding means having pre-wedding activities that you can celebrate with close friends and family like your bridal shower and despedida de soltera. You’ll also actively prepare for your wedding, so there will surely be DIY projects you’ll need your friends to help with. You can add dress fittings, hair and makeup tests, and wedding shoe shopping on the list of to-do’s you can turn into quality time with loved ones. A wedding celebration doesn’t have to be for one day only. You can extend the fun and excitement all throughout the planning process.

The Fact That You are Gaining a New Family
As you say I do to the love of your life, you’re also marrying into a new family. Your partner’s family becomes your own. You gain in-laws and even new friends. There will be more people for you to bond with, more big milestones to celebrate, and more loved ones to support you throughout your married life. It’s an exciting chapter filled with so many good changes.

A New Home
All those interior design posts and mood boards you’ve been saving will finally be put to good use. You get to build the home you envision and will live in with your better half. Whether it’s your first home or your forever home, this is such a beautiful experience to embrace and welcome. A new home may be your first major investment as a couple, and that’s surely something to be proud of!

The Dream Wedding Coming to Life
The hardships the pandemic brought is something we all share. The past two years hit us hard. Some lost their jobs, some closed their businesses, and some said goodbye to people they love. Getting up again hasn’t been easy, but it can be done gradually. Have faith. Starting with your dream wedding, you can finally have the kind of special day you’ve always planned on. Whether you have a guest list of 50 or 300, what matters most is you get to be surrounded by everyone who matters in your life as you finally seal your union forever.

What to Let Go of and Leave Behind

All the Worrying About Little Things
Do any of these questions sound familiar?: Will the flowers arrive on time? Is there a typo on the invitation? What if my dress doesn’t fit? Do I have enough budget? If you find yourself being stressed out by these kinds of thoughts, stop and take a breath. Worrying too much won’t help. Remind yourself that your wedding will be just fine. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Identify which parts of your wedding need your attention the most, and be flexible with the rest. It helps when you establish negotiables and non-negotiables, too.

Other People’s Opinions
There will be lots of unsolicited opinions about your wedding. Surely you’ve already received some of them by now! People around you will always have something to say about the motif, the dress code, the entourage, and anything they can think of. The best you can do is to tune out the noise. Just do what makes you happy. In the end, it’s still your wedding. Have no regrets and go with your flow!

The Idea of a “Perfect” Wedding
Even the wedding experts will tell you there’s no such thing as a perfect wedding. What does perfect mean anyway? There are bound to be mishaps and little hiccups here and there. How you choose to react is what matters. Remember that a loose button, a broken heel, or a messed up seating arrangement won’t take away the fact that your wedding is a celebration of love. You can always prepare to avoid as many disasters as you can, and rely on your wedding team to work their magic for you! Work together with your partner in planning your best day ever. It might not be perfect, but it’s meaningful and beautiful just the way it is.

Happy New Year from your friends at Bride and Breakfast!

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