* this post was guest written but edited and loved by me!*
Congratulations! You are engaged and ready to tackle the scary, yet exciting mountain that is wedding planning. It may feel impossible to plan an event this major and still manage to stay sane. However, setting out a realistic timeline can be extremely helpful in getting you one step closer to your perfect wedding day. Keep in mind, it’s never too early to start your planning and many couples even create homemade checklists or download helpful apps to keep them organized. Whatever method you choose, be mindful of what this day is about, and remember to have fun!
Below, we’ve compiled a list of tips that both the bride and groom should keep in mind 12 months before they say “I do!”
Upgrade your hair care
With 365 days to spare until the wedding, the last thing on a guy’s mind is their grooming routine. In most cases, haircuts and shaves are saved for the days leading up to the big day. In order to avoid being stuck with a look you’re unhappy with on your wedding day, establish some sort of regime for yourself ahead of time! For starters, invest in an aid that can help hair growth. This will give you the best head of hair for your barber to work with. When the wedding inches closer, discuss with your barber the perfect timing to receive your pre-wedding haircut, so you are able to have the ideal length as you stand at the altar.
Choose your wedding party
For some grooms, selecting their groomsmen is a piece of cake. However, contrarily, this can be very tricky for others. Choosing between friends and family can bring out some awkward conversations. Not only does the group dynamic matter, it’s also important to choose a group that will support you throughout the stressful months ahead. It’s crucial to try and steer clear of any one that could get too drunk on your wedding day - remember these groomsmen will be representing you and your bride!
Establish a beauty regime
A year out is around the perfect time to begin establishing your beauty routine as a bride. If you wait too long, you run the risk of a product not being effective, or even worse having a bad reaction. Giving yourself about a year allows some wiggle room to get the right product for your unique complexion. Skin issues may vary and many blemishes can be treated with over the counter products. However, if you’ve tried several different products with no relief, consider a prescription acne treatment designed to tackle your specific problem areas. With the right treatment plan, you can ensure your skin is looking flawless just in time to say “I Do!”
Create your planning squad
Whether you hire a wedding planner, enlist your bridesmaids, or include your fiance, establishing your planning squad 12 months from your wedding is crucial. There will be a lot of tough decisions to make along the way so it is important to select a group you can trust to provide you with the necessary support. From choosing between a band or DJ, to deciding on your floral arrangement, you will be looking for honest advice to guide you!
This will be the happiest day of your life, it’s important to feel fully prepared and to feel your best while doing it!