So, You Got Engaged During Quarantine?
First and foremost, congratulations on your engagement! That is wonderful news, and I bet you are so excited to finally tie the knot with the love of your life. Now, wedding planning is generally something all engaged couples look forward to, but that euphoria might feel a bit dimmed this year. As you know, COVID-19 has truly put a hindrance on just about every industry, including wedding events. With social distancing, venues limiting guests, and the strict CDC guidelines; it can be hard to figure out how to begin planning your big day during these times. Here are a few tips for planning your wedding during quarantine.
However, you are not stuck despite what it may feel like. In fact, you can do several impactful things right now to begin planning your wedding. The day that you dreamed of is possible.
Ready to get started?
1. Pick A Wedding Date
Pandemic or not, one of the first things you will need to do is pick a date. If you want to have the best chance at avoiding COVID-19 regulations due to a successful vaccine becoming available, then you might want to pick something that is far in advance. Alternatively, you can set something up sooner than later. Overall, the decision is entirely up to you, but you will need to pick a date, nonetheless.
2. Secure your Wedding Venue
Spend a day or so calling up different venues that you have your eye on. Ask them about their COVID-19 regulations, what you can expect, price, and if they are open on the date that you decided on. Some places may even offer virtual tours, outdoor wedding services, and feature technical advancements, meaning you can set up a zoom meeting for high-risk family and friends to witness your ceremony right at home.
3. Get Engagement Photos
The great thing about photography is that you can take beautiful pictures outdoors while still staying socially distant. With that being said, check around with local photographers who are willing to provide services right now. The best part is when you get those photos back, you can use them to create “save the date”. In addition, many times engagement photographers are also avid wedding photographers. So, you may be able to kill two birds with one stone.
4. Flor and Decor
It is never too early to start thinking about the color scheme that you want your wedding to look like. Maybe you had your eye on yellow and white or are toying with the Autumn leaves vibe. Whatever it may be, play with different concepts and take your time in designing the landscape that you and your future spouse want. Then proceed to contact florists and wedding designers to see if what you are envisioning is something that they can do.
5. Finding the dress
Believe it or not, places like David’s Bridal and other iconic locations are open for business and taking appointments. Because of this, take advantage of the ability to go dress and tux shopping. You can even bring a bridesmaid along. Just keep in mind that though these locations are open, they may limit group sizes, so be sure to check on that first.
6. Writing your vows
Take a moment and write your vows to each other. You can do this right in the comfort of your own home and can make it as touching, funny, or cute as you want it to be. Even though you might not read it for a while, it is smart to begin the process so you can tweak it if you wish as the date gets closer.
Conclusion – You Are Not Alone
Wedding planning should be a joyous time for you and your future partner. Life tends to be unpredictable. No one saw COVID-19 coming or thought that it would cause a worldwide pandemic. Though we don’t know for sure when this adversity will end, it should not stop you from planning your wedding entirely. As you can see, there are plenty of fun and exciting things you can do right now while still being as safe as possible during this uncertain time.
In the end, please remember that you are not alone. Many couples are facing the same challenges you are right now and feeling defeated in their wedding visions. But the reality is that you can still be productive, enjoy your planning adventure, and be over the moon happy to get married. Just hang in there, do what you can, and be confident that when your big day finally arrives, it will be nothing but perfect.