We tend to be half-glass-full gals here at Bridal Musings – after all, we spend all day browsing talking about weddings, fashion & celebrations!
After the initial shock of what's currently going on in the world, we've begun to relish in everything good that comes along with quarantining: quality time together, saving money cooking through our cookbook collection & working on all the DIY crafts, projects & personal to-dos we never dreamed of having time for!
While some wedding planning to-dos may be out of the question (in person alterations, site visits, etc) there are so many great wedding planning tasks you can check off your to-do list while at home in quarantine.
Our friends at Be Inspired PR have rounded up 10 ideas of what you both can work on together during this down-time…
1. Put Your Wedding Venue Options Together & Schedule a Virtual Tour
“Many venues can still communicate electronically, so we recommend identifying your top candidates, and reach out to them online!” – Steve Robertson, CEO, Eventective.com
“Virtual venue tours create the opportunity to view your prospective venue from the comfort of your own home. Many venues with established event businesses will provide tours of their different event spaces, the grounds of the property as well as the facilities.”– Joel Lippman, Hutton Brickyards
2. Create Your Wedding Website
“Get started on a website for your wedding, and make it look fabulous down to every last detail! If you don’t know where to start, the good news is, we’ve got great free templates to guide you every step of the way!” – Steve Robertson, CEO, Eventective.com
Here are the top tips on what to include on your wedding website.
3. Work on (or Rework) Your Guest List
“There’s no time like the present to work on your guest list and make all the hard decisions of who is in and who is out now! As we carry on through these uncertain times, now is a good time to think about guest count and how big you actually want your wedding to be.” – Steve Robertson, CEO, Eventective.com
“Additionally, organize your address list. Quarantine time is a great time to work on that pesky address list! Collecting addresses is also a great reason to reach out and get in touch with your loved ones while we’re all practicing safe social distancing!” – Andrea Fowler, Operations Manager, Prim & Pixie
Consult more helpful advice in our Planning section.
4. Pick Out Your Wedding Flowers!
“At Bloominous, we have professionally designed collections that you can preview and pick out, all from the comfort of your couch. You can also work one-on-one with one of our designers online to customize a collection to fit your vision perfectly.” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
5. Finally Read That Fine-Print
“Double-check your contracts! They should include postponement clauses and any potential costs associated. Most wedding professionals have been very flexible during this crazy time but do not contact anyone before reviewing your executed contract!” – Nora Sheils, Founder, Bridal Bliss
6. Send Out Your “Save The New Dates”
“If you’ve decided on postponing your wedding for a later date, send out an announcement to your guest with your new date. This can be done by sending out an email, an announcement card or even a small video clip.” – Susan Dunne, Weddings by Susan Dunne
Starting from square one? Find a pretty planner or journal to brighten your spirits and keep things organized.
7. Plan Your Bridal Party's Wardrobe
“Order bridesmaids colour swatches and create the ultimate physical colour palette and mood board for each of your bridesmaids. Organize your bride tribe’s measurements into a spreadsheet so you are all set to order once you choose your bridesmaids gowns.” – Rosanna Garden, Motee Maids
8. Pick Out Your Groom & Groomsmen Fashion
“Excited couples are now nervous couples. You’ve been planning the perfect wedding, and now you might not know how to keep that excitement going. Luckily, Generation Tux was built in a way that will allow you to plan everything for your groom and groomsmen from home. Design their looks, get free swatches delivered to you, we’ll even send a free home try-on to your front door. Spend this time on Generation Tux picking out the perfect looks for your perfect day.” – Matt Ramirez, Senior VP of Marketing at Generation Tux
These are the best sites to buy & rent groom & groomsmen attire.
9. Design Your Wedding Bands
There’s no time like a quarantine to design your custom wedding bands for the big day from the comfort of your home. Choosing your bands out of a drawer is a thing of the past. Today’s couples want something with a personal touch, and advancements in 3d modeling technology have made custom jewelry more accessible than ever.
At Ada Diamonds, all of our lab diamond wedding bands are custom and made-to-order to perfectly match your engagement ring and your vision for the perfect wedding set. Our virtual Concierge Experience lets you work with a diamond expert to watch your rings come to life through videos, computer models, and photorealistic renderings.” – Kelly Villarreal, Ada Diamonds
Browse our 10 favorite shops for wedding bands (& engagement rings!)
10. Create a Wedding Countdown
With the negative news swirling, you, your friends and family need something exciting and positive to look forward to. Making a wedding countdown is the perfect light at the end of the tunnel. – HoneyFitz Events
For all the brides & grooms out there dealing with new wedding stresses due to Coronavirus, we're running a series of posts to help. You can also find wedding dress shopping questions answered on our IGTV, too!