April 8, 2020
We just got an email from a bride voicing that she’s frustrated that there are a lot of tasks she wishes she could complete but cannot because of COVID-19. She cannot get her dress alterations, meet certain vendors, or do a handful of other “in-person required” tasks.
I realized with COVID-19 on everyone’s minds, it’s hard to think past the negative impacts and think positively about things you can still work on. Just because we are stuck at home and in-person meetings are not possible, there are a LOT of tasks you can do in the comfort of your own home.
We’ve complied 19 random to-do list items you may want to consider working on now. Then, when your wedding approaches and you have to cram in multiple other in-person tasks, you have less to worry about. It’s really a matter of spacing out your wedding to-do lists so you’ve never on the verge of breaking when you realize you still have 100 things to do.
- Think about your wedding day songs: ceremony processional(s), first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, last song for the evening, etc.
- Search for your rehearsal dinner outfit online
- Design your stationery: menu cards, welcome sign, specialty cocktail sign, etc.
- Think of some things you may need to purchase for your wedding: guest book, card box, frames for family pictures for decoration, items for your ring bearer/flower girl to hold as they walk down the aisle, etc.
- In need of a vendor? Start doing some research online (or ask your wedding planner) so you can have phone conversations with those vendors while at home, or you can schedule a meeting when the “stay at home” is released.
- Pick out the groom’s accessories online: tie/bowtie, pocket square, socks, cuff links, tie clip, etc.
- Look at rehearsal dinner locations
- Pick your “do not play” songs and your “must have” songs for your band or DJ
- Figure out if you’re doing a specialty cocktail, try crafting some options at home so you can have yourself a little taste test!
- Are you in need of a pet sitter on your wedding day? Start doing some research!
- Where are you putting all of your items at the end of your wedding day? Most venues require you to take everything with you (cannot store there) at midnight so figure out if someone has a car you can put these items in, or if everything will go with you on the shuttle home.
- Pick out what you want for breakfast and lunch on wedding day
- Have you organized your wedding payments yet, to see who still needs to be paid and when? If your wedding planner is not doing this, we recommend organizing all of this information so when when wedding day approaches, you don’t miss any payments.
- Making favors? If they’re not perishable, why not make them in advance?
- Write your vows! Dim the lights, light a candle, grab a glass of wine and sit across the room with your significant other and spend 30 minutes drafting ideas of your vows. It will be a romantic and enlightening evening!
- Look into gift options for your wedding party and parents
- Have you had your hair/makeup trial yet? Scroll through Pinterest and find some inspiration photos
- Figure out when you’re going to get your last haircut/color, wax, tan and a manicure/pedicure.
- Stop looking on the internet about all the affects of COVID-19. We cannot stress this enough! There is too much falsified information online and it’s not doing anyone any good to continue reading, and reading, and reading, when you’re stuck at home thinking about it already. Think about other things, especially the things on this list!
Sending good vibes your way,