I was in the midst of planning my March 2021 wedding when the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, taking a monumental toll on the wedding industry. As a result, the progress I had been swiftly making came to a sudden halt.
At this stage in the game, I'm focused on keeping the momentum going and supporting the vendors who have been on this journey with me. Staying inside is the most powerful thing we can do right now, but that doesn't mean we have to surrender our productivity.
No matter how far along in the process you are, here are 10 wedding tasks you can accomplish at home.
Build Your Wedding Website
With the masses moving online, now is a great time to get started on building your wedding website. It's the central hub for all the information regarding your big day and will serve as a platform to share updates with your guests, even if your details may be up in the air.
Organize Your Pinterest Boards
I've been in desperate need of an escape from the news as of late, so revisiting my Pinterest boards has been a welcomed distraction. Whether you've already shared a theme with your florist or you're still nailing down your vision, keeping your inspiration organized will ensure that once you're able to get the ball rolling again, you'll be ready.
Update Your Registry
Now that you've spent extended periods of time at home, you're likely more aware of the things you're missing. Tried to cook a recipe but didn't have a food processor? Add it! Wish you had a fluffy robe to curl up in? Tack it on! Use this is an opportunity to register for items you never knew you needed until now.
Take Virtual Dance Lessons
If you're quarantining with your partner, there's no better time to work on your dance skills. There are tons of online services that offer lessons with instructors in real-time. You can also recruit the help of friends or family members with smooth moves and make it a social activity.
Make Your Playlist
Speaking of dancing, better get started on that reception playlist. It can take days, even weeks, to brainstorm all of the tunes you want your band or DJ to get to during the party. And don't forget about the "do not play" list, it's just as important!
Strategize With Your Planner
Huddle up with your wedding planner in a video conference to determine a new game plan but also to check in on them and let them know you appreciate them. The moral support is needed now more than ever, and knowing that you have a clear path forward will provide a sense of relief in these uncertain times.
Have a Menu Tasting
Believe it or not, many caterers will pack up your menu options (including your cake!) and deliver them to your house. If your catering team is adapting similarly to how many restaurants are by offering takeout and delivery, this could be an opportunity to check a very important task off your list.
Write Thank You Notes
Take some time to sit down and make a dent in your thank yous. As the engagement gifts pile up, staying on top of sending out notes will alleviate some stress. You can also consider writing thank you notes to those who have sent well wishes and words of encouragement.
Browse Through Wedding Dresses
While there's nothing quite as special as trying on wedding gowns in a salon, you can emulate that excitement at home. Retailers are making it easier for brides to discover dresses online and perusing through styles digitally can help you hone in on what details and silhouettes you gravitate towards.
This is arguably the most important wedding task of all. Stick to a workout regimen or plan an at-home date night with your partner. Make sure to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing above all else. And remember—we're all in this together.