You may be limited to the confines of your home right now, but you can still take action to plan your dream wedding day! Whether that day has been postponed or is set to take place as soon as the government states it is safe to open up, there are always wedding tasks you can do from the comfort of home. So, toss that puzzle aside and get going on the wedding planning tasks below!
- Create Your Registry
If you haven’t already done so, get started on building your registry. We’ve all had plenty of time at home, which should allow you to take more inventory of the items you really need. So, if you want that expensive pie dish, go ahead and add it to your registry. On the other hand, if you have plenty of home goods on your list, look into setting up a honeyfund. It will help make planning the other nitty-gritty stuff more fun and keep positive thoughts top of mind. One day your wedding will come, and your honeymoon will too – a very well-deserved vacation for you and your fiancé!
- Photography Shot List
Prepare a list of the photos you want to take on your wedding day. Keep in mind which photos you want to be included in your wedding album. You can find plenty of templates on Pinterest if you need some inspiration to get started, then tweak it to make it your own. List out all the family members you need in each photo, i.e. pictures with grandparents, pictures with extended family, pictures with immediate family, bridal party, and couple portrait photos. If you are not quite sure how to describe the family or couple portrait photos you want taken, then make a moodboard for your photographer! Share a Pinterest board with them and ask them to print it off so you don’t miss a special shot you had wanted.
- Wedding Stationery
Depending on what stage of wedding planning you are in, you can still organize and put together your save the dates, change the dates, invitations, and ceremony pamphlets. There are amazing independent stationery artists you can work with via Etsy, or you can use Minted, Zola and more.
- Ceremony Music
Whether you are having a church or civil ceremony, you will likely have music or some instrumentals as you walk down the aisle, possibly in-between your ceremony readings as well. You can use this time during the stay at home orders to decide if you want your ceremony to have traditional or contemporary music. Then, take time to listen to each song and make a playlist to stay organized.
- Ceremony Readings
Just like your ceremony music, use this time to prepare the readings you would like spoken during your ceremony. For religious ceremonies, there are many online resources to discover biblical readings intended for marriage ceremonies. Choose a passage that resonates with you and your fiancé’s relationship. If you plan to host a civil ceremony and would prefer non-religious readings, then again choose words that resonate with both of you. This may be a quote from your favorite author, a love poem, or song lyrics. Use these readings as a chance to make your wedding more personal – your guests will love it.
- At Home Hair & Makeup Trial
With all the time on our hands, you have plenty of it to scroll through Pinterest for bridal hair and makeup inspiration. Try doing a mini-trial without calling a hair or makeup artist to come to your home. Go back to the old YouTube tutorials and try these hair and makeup looks on yourself. We get that you may not be a hair or makeup pro, but you can use this time to figure out which hairstyles or lipstick would look best.
- Order Bridal Party Gifts
You can still support small businesses by shopping online! Get started, if you’re able to, with purchasing robes, slippers, and jewelry or gifts you want to treat your bridesmaids with. Weddings may be pushed back a year, but it’s likely you have already decided which pjs or robes you want your bridal party to wear. Most online stores are offering a minimum of 15-20% off full-price items at this time, so you can get a great deal right now and support businesses at a time when they need it most.
- First Dance
Last but not least, a fun wedding task you can get started with today is practicing your first dance. If you’re at square one, start by going through your favorite songs with your fiancé and select a song that you are both in love with. Maybe the lyrics describe your first date, your wedding moment, or your future to come. Next, make space in your home or apartment (push that couch or table aside) and start practicing those dance moves! It’s a great time to come up with your routine or savor a romantic moment between you and your partner.