When you started planning your wedding, you probably pictured a hundred things that could go wrong before the big day. The outbreak of a global pandemic forcing everyone to stay in their homes for several months was probably not one of them. Having your wedding plans delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19 may feel like a horrible worst-case scenario come true, but what if it doesn’t have to be?
Yes, rescheduling a wedding is incredibly stressful. Yes, it’s scary to have your life plans put on hold by circumstances beyond your control. We’re not disagreeing with you there! However, current stay-at-home orders may also present a rare opportunity. Not only do you have extra time to work out all the details, but fewer distractions to throw you off course. With so many businesses offering extra accommodations for their online customers, it’s never been easier to plan a wedding from your living room.
Whether you’re salvaging a wedding that was supposed to take place this spring, or just starting to make plans for a wedding that’s still months away, we have some useful tips to help you make the most of this lockdown. Here’s how to plan your dream wedding despite the impact of COVID-19.
Postponing Your Wedding
If you had everything perfectly worked out for a spring wedding that you now have to postpone, we feel for you! It takes a lot of time and effort to make everything come together on a specific date, and it’s definitely frustrating to have to do it all over again. Here’s our advice for organizing Wedding 2.0.
Don’t Feel Bad About Feeling Bad
Sure, in the grand scheme of things, having to postpone your wedding is not the worst way that COVID-19 could impact your life. That doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to be upset. According to Budget Savvy Bride, you should take some time to grieve the loss of the wedding you had planned before tackling your to-do list. Indulge in some snack food, wedding-themed romantic comedies, bubble baths– whatever you need to feel better. That way, when you’re ready to get to work on rescheduling your wedding, you’ll feel refreshed and recharged.
Don’t Just Reschedule; Rethink!
While you’re probably going to want to salvage as much of your original wedding plan as possible, keep an open mind toward new possibilities. Go through the list of venues, caterers, and vendors involved in your event. If you made any hasty decisions you weren’t entirely happy with, consider this a second chance to review your options.
Focus on securing the services and products that you’re actively excited about for your new wedding date. Martha Stewart recommends starting with the vendors that tend to have limited availability; for example, services like photographers that can usually only handle one wedding per day.
Plan to Make Seasonal Adjustments
While negotiating with vendors for your new date, don’t forget that, unless you’re rescheduling for 2021, you’re not planning a spring wedding anymore. Brides advises anyone postponing a wedding to consider the season before committing to anything. If you’re now planning a fall or winter wedding, you may want to make some aesthetic changes.
Don’t Call Off the Wedding!
With so much going on in the world, it might be tempting to cancel your wedding and wait until things clear up. If you decide that this is the best move for you and your future spouse, that’s ok. However, bear in mind that this is not going to be the most cost-effective option. According to Harper’s Bazaar, you’re not going to get most of your deposits back if you cancel rather than rescheduling. Plus, the vendors you’re working with could really use your support right now. Modern Wedding suggests having a conversation with these companies to find a solution that allows you the flexibility you need to reschedule your wedding.
Planning Your Wedding From Home
Maybe your wedding date is far enough in the future that it’s not getting postponed, but you’ve got a mountain of tasks ahead of you that can’t wait until the lockdown ends. We’ve got a few ideas to help you knock those items off your list without having to leave your house.
Bring in a Professional Wedding Planner
According to Harper’s Bazaar, if you weren’t going to hire a planner, you might want to change your mind. While it’s true that this pandemic is a new experience for all of us, professional wedding planners are much better prepared to deal with the difficulties that are going to arise as a result. In these uncertain times, you’re going to want someone experienced on your team that can help you negotiate with vendors, work around shortages, and anticipate any further complications.
Have a Cake Tasting at Home
When it comes to wedding tasks you can do from home, cake tasting probably doesn’t sound like one of them. However, some bakeries are introducing at-home tasting kits in light of the current situation. For example, Celebrity Cake Studio in Tacoma, Washington, is offering wedding cake tasting kits for pickup, as well as professional consultations over video chat. Do some research on the bakeries in your area to see if anyone offers similar services.
Research Potential Venues
Choosing a venue is another essential wedding task that probably won’t be able to wait until the end of the lockdown. If you haven’t decided on your location yet, now is the time to conduct as much online research as you can. While it may not be possible to visit any of the places you’re interested in, you can still get plenty of information without leaving home. You’ll be able to view photos, read reviews, and even chat with representatives. Some venues may even offer virtual tours on their website!
Try to Shop Locally
COVID-19 outbreaks are affecting businesses differently all over the world, but one thing is for sure if you’re planning to work with overseas vendors: expect delays. According to Brides, you might want to think about doing business with small, local companies for your wedding.
Planning Your Wedding Day Look
You might have been fantasizing about strolling through a bridal shop with your friends to pick out your perfect dress, but let’s face it: these days, it’s so much easier to browse online. There are no time constraints, you can snack while you shop, and you don’t have to change out of your PJs!
Shop Wedding Dresses from Home
There’s a lot of pressure on brides to choose the perfect dress for their wedding. After all, that’s what everyone will be looking at when they walk down the aisle! If you’re shopping for your wedding dress online, check out this article from Green Wedding Shoes. Not only do they share some excellent advice, but they also list a number of bridal shops offering extra services for online customers such as virtual consultations and at-home try-ons!
Get Wedding Hair and Makeup Inspiration
While you’re not going to be visiting your hair and makeup stylists anytime soon, that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing now. According to Loverly, you should already know what you want before your trial run. Use some of your free time at home to find online inspiration and experiment with different looks on your own. When you’re able to book your appointments, you’ll be able to tell your stylists exactly what you want.
Find the Perfect Suit or Tux
The bride isn’t the only one who needs to look good on her wedding day. Grooms shopping for suits online should check out this listicle from Bridal Musings to help them get started. It provides useful information on a range of brands and highlights unique features like online style guides and at-home try-ons.
Start Ordering Wedding Accessories
When you’re in the final stages of planning for your wedding, the last thing you’re going to want to deal with is a bunch of little details that still have to be pulled together. Luckily, shopping for accessories is one task you can easily take care of from home. It’s up to you and your future spouse how you want to style yourselves, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Not sure where to start? Take a look at this Accessories Checklist from Easy Weddings.
For Your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
You and your future spouse aren’t the only ones stressing about your big day. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are probably feeling disoriented, as well. Here’s what you can do to alleviate some of their worries and let them know how much you appreciate their support in these uncertain times.
Keep Them Informed
One thing that can be very stressful for a bridesmaid or groomsman involved in your wedding is not knowing what activities they’re going to be expected to participate in. Make sure to keep everyone in your wedding party up to date as your plans take shape. Consider creating a group chat where everyone can stay in touch and ask questions if need be.
Choose Your Bridal Party Outfits
Traditionally, it’s up to the happy couple to decide what their wedding party will be wearing on the big day. If this is still your plan, you’ll need to leave your bridesmaids and groomsmen plenty of time to procure the outfits you choose for them, especially if they need to order them online and schedule a try-on.
Throw Virtual Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
There’s no way of knowing exactly when social distancing rules will let up, so there’s a real possibility that there may not be enough time to plan a bridal shower or bachelor/bachelorette party before your wedding date. It might be a good idea to schedule a more laid-back hangout with your bridal party over video chat. Brides has some creative ideas to help you make your virtual bridal shower or bachelorette party a memorable one.
Show Your Appreciation
It’s customary to present everyone in your bridal party with a small gift as a thank you for being part of your wedding. Now would be a good time to start shopping around online for thoughtful wedding party gifts. You might even consider sending your bridesmaids and groomsmen their presents early.
For You and Your Partner
Whether you and your future spouse are quarantined together or separately, odds are planning a wedding during a pandemic may be putting a little bit of a strain on your relationship. Here are some romantic ways you can make the most of your time before the wedding, even while under lockdown.
Choose Your Matching Wedding Bands
If you haven’t already picked out your wedding bands, this is a wedding task you and your partner can take care of as a couple. Make it a fun experience by pouring some wine and perusing online ring shops together. If you’re not sheltering in place in the same location, try doing this over a video call.
Order a Wedding Gift for Your Future Spouse
You’re already doing a lot of research and shopping online, so now would be an excellent time to secretly pick out a wedding present for your partner. If you’re looking for something extra special, let ArtPix 3D create a one-of-a-kind luxury keepsake your partner will love. Our 3D Crystal Heart was designed for romance; it’s the perfect shape to showcase a couples portrait. You can easily upload your photo and customize your item on our website, and we’ll deliver it right to your door!
Write Your Vows
If you and your partner are planning to write your own vows, being quarantined gives you plenty of time to compose something truly heartfelt and romantic. It’s also a great exercise to help you remember all the things you love about your future spouse, especially if being under lockdown is starting to affect your relationship.
Enjoy Your Quiet Time
Being cooped up for weeks on end can be frustrating, especially when you have so much to get done. However, once this lockdown ends, you may be swept up into a whirlwind of errands, appointments, and social events that won’t let up until after the wedding. If you and your significant other are quarantined in the same house, make the most of this quiet time together.
We hope these wedding planning ideas inspire you to take advantage of your time at home and knock out some of the big-ticket items on your to-do list. Remember to keep an open mind. You may not be able to pull together the wedding you had originally pictured, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be one of the best days of your life.
We’ll be back next week with more great ideas on our blog! Until then, stay safe, stay home, and stay positive!