As the world continues in quarantine, we are working hard to continue with what we do best: offer creative solutions. Your wedding planning doesn’t have to be stunted by this pandemic. While some plans may be out of reach (site visits, in-person dress shopping and alterations, etc), there are so many great wedding planning tasks you can check off your to-do list right from home. To jump-start your productivity and make some planning moves, read on to discover creative ways to make your wedding planning experience special while at home in quarantine!
1. Invest in your relationship
A wedding is for a day; a marriage is for a Lifetime. Make decisions together and be open about sharing your feelings. Communication with your partner is key especially when you are busy making rearrangements for your postponed wedding. Whether it’s working on your guest list (and making all the hard decisions of who is in and who is out), setting a new wedding date after quarantine, or any of the tasks you are about to see below, be sure to get your partner involved and do these together.
Photo (left to right from the top): Nicole Ashley / KCM Studios / Clarisse Rae Photo & Video / Mason Neufeld Photography
2. Build your wedding website
Building a wedding website is a great way to keep everyone in the loop and to share quick updates anytime. We recommend these free wedding websites designed by creative artists to present an artistic, minimal look.
Featured above: build your wedding website here
3. Take engagement photos at home
If you like the idea of an authentically romantic at-home engagement photo shoot, this may be the perfect time to embrace it!
Photos: Lauren Nicole Photography
4. Plan a styled shoot at home
If you want to get a little more creative than a cozy at-home engagement session, try designing a styled shoot at home where you get to dress up and create your own scene / backdrop.
Photos: Nicole Ashley Photography
5. Wedding and bridesmaid dress shopping online
Shop with your girls virtually! Here are some trust-worthy, high-quality online dress shopping sites we recommend:
Wedding dresses: BHLDN, David’s Bridal, Praise Store
Featured dresses above (left to right from the top): Hearst Gown (photo by Alora Rachelle) / Ludlow Gown (photo by Wild Pearl Photography) / Blake Gown (photo by Dillon Phommasa) / Ophelia Gown (photo by Jayna Biery Photography) / Viola Gown (photo by Kayla Esparza Photography) / Branwell Gown
Bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu, BHLDN, Praise Store
Photos (from the top): Natalie J Weddings / Nic Ford Photography / Luis Holden / New Forest Studio
Getting-Ready Robes: Praise Store, Plum Pretty Sugar
Shop featured robes above: Praise Store
6. Send out event change cards
If you’ve decided on postponing your wedding for a later date, you can send out a “save the new date” card to notify your guests. We recommend these event change cards designed by professional artists.
Shop event change cards: Minted
7. Consider elopement
If you are not up for the planning of a big wedding bash, and do not want to postpone your wedding, consider an elopement to say your vows in an intimate affair for just the two of you.
Photos: Athena and Camron
8. Sign the paper first
While the celebration may be the most memorable part of your wedding, if you want it to be legal, the most important thing is the signing of the marriage license. If you really want to get married on a specific date (may be a meaningful date for you as a couple), consider signing the marriage license first with an officiant to legally bind the two of you together, and have the big celebration later.
Photos: Visionyard Photography / Power Photography Studios / Sixpence Events / Marc & Anna Photo and Film
9. Shop for wedding bands online
Shop with your partner online and get your wedding bands ready. Check out Praise Store for uniquely handcrafted wedding bands for modern couples.
Shop rings above: Praise Store
10. Organize your venue options and schedule a virtual tour
Most venues can communicate electronically and some even offer virtual tours while in quarantine, creating an opportunity to see your prospective venue from the comfort of your own couch. If you have already booked your venue, be sure to go through your contract and read the fine-print. Most wedding professionals have been very flexible during this time, but be sure to understand the postponement clauses and any potential costs associated before contacting your venue.
Photo (left to right from the top): Mischa Durrant and Ayeh K. Photography / Haley Richter Photography / Haley Richter Photography / David & Kathrin Photography and Film