6 ways to tackle your wedding planning to-do list from home.
*Updated for 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we do just about everything; shop, see family dine and wedding plan. While we know so much more about the virus now, for those recently engaged, the pandemic still needs to considered when it comes to your venue, guest list to how food is served. Whether you’ve got a date set and are tackling the details, or just got engaged and are in the beginning stages, you’re in luck! Remote wedding planning is a thing. Just about everything you need to cross off your list can be done from the comfort of your own home. Below are out tips for tackling remote wedding planning
1. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!
Before diving into remote wedding planning, talk it all over with your future spouse. Work with each other, learn what the other is thinking and feeling, and establish priorities.
Use this time to communicate about more than just the wedding. Wedding planning is stressful, and it’s easy to let it take over your entire life. We are in a unique time right now, so take advantage of it! Find some communication exercises online, talk about expectations for your future, vent about your feelings during this time. Use this extra time to do things you would normally be ‘too busy’ to do.
2. Get Online Inspiration
Do online wedding planning quizzes! Get back to Pinterest! Read digital wedding planning magazines! Consider this time as the opportunity to virtually plan the wedding of your dreams. Use this time to get inspiration and research your options.
While shopping in-store is not possible right now, many vendors will have websites for you to research. Florals, centerpieces, rentals, dresses, tuxedos, shoes, invitations, place cards, wedding favors… needless to say, there are plenty of details you can begin researching, and even purchasing some of these items.
3. Meet with Vendors Virtually!
Wedding vendors are adapting during this time the same way you are. We are all stuck at home and adapting to this new normal. Technology makes it possible to research and meet with vendors, while following CDC guidelines and government stay-at-home mandates. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or request a video meeting with a vendor you’re considering booking with.
The Mike Staff Productions team is working from home and ready to serve you. We are here to help guide you through this uncharted territory. Call or email us at [email protected] to begin planning your wedding, or with any questions if you’ve already booked.
4. Build Your Registry
Can’t stop online shopping? Use this time to build your registry! Grab your partner and start searching for products you’d like to add to your registry. Build your list very intentionally. Most of us have lots of extra time right now, so use this time to truly research and identify what household needs you have, and what products would fit those needs. Most retailers have online storefronts where you can search for products from the comfort of your couch.
5. Take a Break From Planning
Yes, we said it – take a break. Life feels like we’re on pause right now. You might feel like you need to be doing something all day every day in order to feel productive. But trust us, take a break from remote wedding planning. Wedding planning is stressful, and with the added stress and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s almost impossible not to feel anxious. One of the healthiest things you can do is take a break.
Take time for yourself. Facetime a friend or family member. Indulge in self-care. Do some spring cleaning. Watch your favorite rom-com movies. Plan an at-home date. Stay positive, and know that this will pass.
6. Stay up-to-date on CDC and Local Government Guidelines
First and foremost, you need to be following CDC and government guidelines. Stay up-to-date on the latest findings, so you understand how your big day may be impacted.
While we may be experts in wedding planning, we are certainly not medical experts. For information on staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19, we recommend following up with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Don’t Feel Planning Guilt
If you’re feeling torn about wedding planning, it’s okay to take a step back. Take a pause from wedding planning, the news, or whatever else is causing uneasiness. Planning a wedding is time-consuming and overwhelming already. With the added stress of a global pandemic, it is easy to feel like you’re focusing your energy on the wrong things. Things may feel very out of your control right now, so focus on what you can control – planning your wedding!
Remember: This too shall pass. It’s important to remember that there will be a time after the pandemic. Acknowledging your engagement and planning your wedding is a great way to look at the “light at the end of the tunnel.” While we’re in this time of quarantine, it is important to find ways to lift your mood. Whether that means planning your wedding remotely, hosting a Zoom happy hour with your bridesmaids, or having an at-home date night.
Create a schedule.
Get productive! Create a schedule for your days. Dedicate an hour or two each day to wedding planning. This will help make you feel productive, without getting too overwhelmed.
Focus on what is important.
Now more than ever, focus on what is important. The purpose of your wedding is to celebrate your marriage with your loved ones. Everything else is just a bonus.
The pandemic is affecting local businesses, as it is impacting couples. Feeling guilty about wedding planning? Go local! Local vendors are happy to help you plan your wedding during this time. Call or email us at [email protected] to begin planning your wedding, or with any questions if you’ve already booked.
Mike Staff Productions is here to help.