Planning a Wedding While Dealing with COVID-19
11 Tasks You Can Do Now
Like most brides to be who have been planning a wedding, I am sure when the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe all of your plans came to a sudden halt. I want to let you know that you are not alone. We will get through this together and your big day will go on. We will all come out of our hermit crab homes and back to a different new normalcy. So what does that look like for a planning bride to be? To be honest I am not 100% sure, but I can give you some advise. Here are some tasks that will make sure your big day goes on, tasks that you can still do now even in the comfort of your home with your pjs and messy bun going on. Because as we know staying inside is the # 1 thing we can do right now, but that doesn't mean we have to surrender our productivity. So here you go, here are my 10 wedding tasks you can do at home. So go ahead read on and then get started.
1.)Pinterest Boards If you have not created your Pinterest board yet, well there's no better time to do so then now! Not only will this allow you to escape from watching the news 24/7, it will allow you to focus in on a theme. Keeping your inspirations organized will ensure that once you're able to get the ball rolling again, you'll be ready. Check out my Pinterest page for some theme ideas
Or if you have already created your board, you can give your self a big check on your task list and then maybe organize and declutter your board. Come on now, if your like me you already have a 1k + pins in your 1 board, and well we both know that your not going to pull all of those off. So declutter away!
2.) Build Your Wedding Website
With the the world and everything around us transitioning to online, now is a great time to get started on building your wedding website. It will be 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. Click here to get started on your wedding website, or if you have a planner reach out them, they may already have a platform built out for you to use.
3.) Update Your Registry Now that you've spent well beyond extended periods of time at home, you're more likely aware of the all the things you're missing and no I am not talking about your freedom. I am talking about all those gadgets you needed the other day when you tried to cook that recipe you saw on instagram. Didn't have that food processor or strawberry slicer? Add it! Wish you had a Adult Onesie (really, not really) to curl up in and binge watch Netflix? Wait need a year membership to Netflix? Tack them all on! Use this is an opportunity to register for items you never knew you needed until now.
4).Come Up with a Game Plan with Your Planner
Now is the time to check in with your wedding planner. Hold a video conference or two to determine a new game plan and see if there are any tasks you can take on while you have free time. If you don't have a planner, now my be the best time to to do your research and find one. Even if it's a "Day of Coordinator". Take this time to know that you have a clear path forward. If you're looking for a Planner click here to book a free consultation with me.
See our post "Why-choose-a-day-of-service-wedding-coordinator"
5.) Make Guest List + Seating Chart
Depending on how far you are in your planning process now is the time to sit down and come up with your guest list and fine tune it. And then fine tune it again! Check out The Knot for a free Guest List tool that allows you to keep track and much more. Again if you have a wedding planner check in with them as they may have a software to help with this as well.
Or if you are past this point and the invitations have already been sent out, take the time to collect your RSVP responses and create your seating chart.
6.) Make Your Playlist
There is no better time to get started on your playlist. This usually takes weeks, to brainstorm all of the tunes you and your "hubby to be'' want, then to go through the list and finalize it. And don't forget about the "do not play" list, it's just as important (Trust Me.. no one wants to see your uncle Bob doing the chicken dance at his request to the DJ)
7.) Take Virtual Dance Lessons
Speaking of dancing, If you happen to be 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.
8.) Have a Date Night ... well more like a menu tasting. But hey since you're stuck in the house and can't have your regular date nights why not make the best out of this. In todays times, many caterers will pack up your menu options (including your cake!) and deliver them to your house. This could be an opportunity to check a very important task off your list + a date night. You could even be like Tiffany Haddish and Common on Bumble if you are quarantining apart. 9.) Write Thank You Notes Okay I know it seems a little early for this, but honestly you could take some time to sit down and make a dent in your thank yous. As the engagement & wedding gifts start coming in, start writing out those notes, so that after the big day all you have to do it put them in the mail. You can also consider writing thank you notes to those who have sent well wishes and words of encouragement. 10.) Practice Self-Care This is the most important wedding task of all and is more important now in todays times of chaos and uncertainty. When life gets back on its busy axle we as woman tend to neglect this tip, so why not invest some time back into you right now! Stick to a workout regimen or plan an at-home date night with your partner (see tip # 8). Make sure to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing above all else. And remember—we're all in this together.
11.) Protect Your Wedding with Insurance
Special event insurance, can help protect you from financial loss for a specific occasion, such as a wedding. It can cover your costs in case you unexpectedly need to cancel.