Yes, we’ve been quarantined for 3+ weeks, and it’s an absolute drag. But, your wedding planning doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) be stunted by this pandemic! Whether you’re planning a postponed wedding, or are staying course with a celebration scheduled for later this year or in 2021, we say, make the most of the time you have now. Not only is it a nice distraction but you can get a head on planning, and comfortably coast as it gets closer to your day.
Because we’re all in this together, wedding professionals are putting more resources out there than ever before. Take advantage of the support at your fingertips, and make some planning moves! To jumpstart your productivity, we’re sharing 10 wedding planning tasks you can do while in quarantine; straight from the professionals in our industry. You got this!
1. Double Check Your Contracts
“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
2. Work on 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
3. Give Notice to Your Guests
“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
The artists at Minted.com have created an entire line of chic postponement announcements!
4. Collect + Organize Guest Addresses
“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
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5. Pick Out Your Wedding Flowers
“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
6. Stay Positive With a 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
7. Redefine Your Design
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“Now is a great time to go through all the aesthetics and logistics of your wedding. Organize your décor ideas, you can be detail oriented on all the aspects from color, to theme, to DIY projects. Comb through your contracts and/or proposals and really get a grasp on keeping and setting a budget.” – Sarah Kuhlberg, Creative Director, Colette’s Catering
8. Select Groom + Groomsmen Attire
“Pick out your groom and 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
9. Register For Gifts + Experiences
“Register for gifts or experiences. While nothing’s more fun than using that little scanner gun, couples at home should take advantage of the wide array of online registry options available. From honeymoon registries to websites like Blueprint Registry that let you add gifts from any store, cross this task off your list by shopping entirely online.” – Jenna Meredith, Creative Director, Here Comes the Guide
If you don’t know where to start with your registry, use this guide with our top 50 picks!
10. Think About the Guest Experience
“Now is a great time to work on the fun or sentimental details for your wedding. With many vendors offering discounts, it can be a good time to peruse for those little special extras for you or your guests.” -Colleen Corcoran, The Handkerchief Shop
Now that you’ve got your to-do list updated, check out these wedding planning tips from real GWS couples!