You waited years to finally find someone you wanted to settle down with, and it finally happened. The love of your life asked for your hand in marriage and you accepted. Now you’re ready to begin planning your wedding, but the current coronavirus pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench in your plans. You’re not supposed to leave the house, many wedding-related businesses are closed, and there’s not even a clear idea on when all of this will be behind us.
As if planning a wedding wasn’t already stressful enough, you have to worry about a nationwide pandemic. Though the precautions taken to slow the spread are absolutely necessary to preserve human life, it can be nervewracking for couples who were planning on getting married in the near future. For those who haven’t decided to put their plans on hold, here are some suggestions on how you can plan your wedding from home.
Review Venues Online
You may not be able to visit local wedding venues to see where you’d like your ceremony and reception to be held, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Many wedding venues have turned to the internet to attract their target audiences. Couples interested in reserving a place can receive a virtual tour where they can see the venue and get answers to any questions they may have.
Select a few venues you’re interested in and contact them about a virtual tour. You can set these up on the same day and make a nice date with your significant other as you browse the locations while sipping on a glass of wine.
Create Your Invites Online
If your wedding date is about six months out, it’s time to start thinking about invitations. Your guests need enough time to plan and prepare if they’re going to attend. Also, you’ll need to provide vendors such as the caterer with an update on the headcount for food and beverages. You can gain some inspiration while also saving yourself time and money by creating your wedding invites online.
You can choose from hundreds of templates and styles or opt to upload your own images and create an invitation from start to finish. Some sites even send you sample wedding invitations so you can get a better idea of what you want yours to look like. After coming up with your invitation design, you can add the addresses, select your envelopes, and have them shipped to your home, ready for sendoff.
Meet-Up With Vendors Virtually
Need to set up an appointment with the wedding planner, baker, caterer, or photographer? Though social distancing and shelter in place requirements may make it unsafe to do it in person, you can utilize video conferencing software to have meetings.
The video makes the meeting more personal while also giving involved parties a chance to display visuals for all to see. If you were supposed to have a food or cake tasting, you could essentially make your selections with the caterer or baker online and see if they can be prepared for pickup or delivery service.
Shop Online Stores
A lot of the things you need to purchase for your wedding can be done online. Whether you need to order wedding favors and flowers or dresses and shoes, you can do so through retailers online. You can browse a wide selection of wedding merchandise and get many things crossed off your checklist without ever having to leave the house.
Just be sure to do your online shopping in advance. The coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on the supply chain meaning things may take a while to arrive. Also, you want to see your purchases in advance just in case you want to exchange it for something else.
You finally found the love of your life. While being safe should remain a top priority, you don’t have to let something like the coronavirus pandemic add to the stress of planning your big day. Thanks to modern technology, there are a lot of tools you can use to continue planning your wedding while remaining safely at home.