A Main Line Bride-to-Be's Pre-Wedding Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions take on a new sense of urgency when wedding bells call.

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Every year, with the Mummers strutting their stuff in the background, I put pen to paper (no fancy iPhone apps for me) with every intention of honoring my New Year’s resolutions. It’s hardly a difficult task. I simply refer to last year’s list and copy away.

But 2012 is different—really. By this time next year, I’ll be a “Mrs.” Come 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day, it’ll be just 46 weeks, 220 days and 15 hours until my wedding. My Prince Charming took his good old time, but I’m thrilled that I’ve found the person I’ll spend the rest of my life with. I’m also old enough to know that it’s not all one big fairy tale. Life, as I know it, is going to change in a big way. So sticking to my resolutions should be the easiest part—right? Anyway, here they are:

Exercise more. Fifteen years later, it’s about time I got rid of my Freshman 15. My wedding gown is the ultimate incentive to hop on the nearest treadmill. And if we’re paying $5,000 or more for photos, do I really want to be reminded for the rest of my days that I failed to stick to my less-carbs-more-cardio regimen?

Save, don’t spend. Full disclosure: I’m queen of the impulse purchase. It seems I can’t quite grasp the difference between “need” and “want.” And, usually, buyer’s remorse kicks in well after it’s too late for a return.

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