Here are a few wedding things you can do While At Home
We are living through unusual times. If you are spending more time at home you may be thinking 'what can I do while I'm at home' to help with wedding planning. I know there is a lot to do, but I don't know what it is. Here are a few things you could tackle on your to do list if you feel up to it.
🌐 Wedding Website
Great news – you can find free wedding websites, always a plus! I recommend couples have a wedding website. It is an easy way for guests to have access to the important information (date, timing, address). You can collect RSVP’s online, which is much easier than mail-in versions. And it is a great place to share hotel options as well as gift registry links. You can make your website as simple or involved as you would like. I recommend posting at least one photo so guests will be assured they are in the right place.
📝 Guest List
This is a little more of a meticulous task, but it is important to have guests names, home address, email address, and phone number (if you have to drop one, you can skip the phone number). There are online resources to help you request this from your guests (assuming you have their emails already). It is still important to make sure you have all of these pieces, so perhaps now is as good a time as any to reach out and ask for the info.
Online shopping! Yes, being at home is a great time to realize what would make your next chapter of life at home with your partner more welcoming and comfortable. Now put that on your wedding registry. If you are not ready to tell friends and family about the registry yet, that is alright, these things are often a bit of a work in progress. You can post it when you're ready, but you can start now.
It’s never too soon to jot down a few favorite songs you love for dancing, or romantic moods, or just classics you love. Having 5-10 songs you can share with your DJ will help the DJ get a sense of your style and match it accordingly. And if you have specific songs for specific moments they can work that in too. Perhaps you have a romantic song for the first dance, or a song you love to end the night with, or a few favorites you want mixed into the dance set.
More shopping… kind of. From the comfort of your home you can make a few decisions on wardrobe - Which company you feel comfortable doing a tux rental from. Look at pictures and se, do I like long or short dresses for bridesmaids? Getting a sense of what you’re going for is a great place to start, and you can do it from your couch. I recommend looking at wedding photos so you can see these things in action and if you like how they look. Maybe search for a list of pros and cons. Then you have the right info to make some decisions (or at least 'veto' a few options).
💍 Wedding Bands
For many couples the wedding band is what they wear everyday. So you want to pick one you like! Of course shopping in person is still key here, but you can get started online. Often times an engagement band has a pre-styled wedding band to go with it. Also think about what is practical. With hands on jobs some spouses are opting for non-metal rings.
✂️ DIY/ Crafts
If you are a DIY bride, crafts may be a good option for being productive while still embracing social distancing. Perhaps you are making your own favors, or drawing your own Welcome sign. Some couples make unique table assignment names and cards. *DIY projects are not a recommendation for those who do not enjoy this kind of thing, but for those who do, or have someone who is eager to take on a DIY project for you, this can be a welcome task.
Now is a great time to get a sense of your style for your events. And this may change once you select or work with vendors, but a starting point is great. - Do you think ‘more is more’ or ‘less is more’ - Do you like neutral colors, or a vibrant array. - Perhaps you prefer everything in the same color palette, or maybe contrast jumps out to you. - Do you prefer traditional, or artsy? *Do your best to avoid the pitfall of falling in love with something beyond your budget. To do this, focus on style and less on details.