No doubt there’s a LOT going on right now, and many of us are looking for a good distraction. If you have a wedding coming up, you may be dealing with a lot of uncertainty around whether you will have to postpone, how plans might change, honeymoon details and more. We are here for you through that whole process and have a lot of content coming out this week to help you navigate through those decisions. To start, there is actually a LOT you can do while for your wedding while in quarantine that will actually be great for two reasons: 1: You’ll get to feel like you’re moving forward, and check some things off your list. 2.) It will serve as a creative outlet and even fun activity list for you and your partner. Grab a glass of wine and tackle this list:
1.) Put together your wedding website.
A wedding website is the perfect way to keep guests up-to-date on all the developments and details of your big day. And the best part? There are some really beautiful, free templates out there for you to take advantage of! We’re partial to the gorgeous options at Minted, Wix, Zola, and Joy. Happy website building! – Jenna Meredith, Creative Director, Here Comes the Guide
2.) Organize your address list.
Quarantine time is a great time to work on that pesky address list! Collecting addresses is also a great reason to reach out and get in touch with your loved ones while we’re all practicing safe social distancing! – Andrea Fowler, Operations Manager, Prim & Pixie
3.) Create mood boards and do your research.
Use Pinterest to create a mood board and gather ideas. Our Perfête page has a TON of resources, from color palettes, bouquet inspo, cake inspo, overall theme and decor inspo, dresses, invitation design – there’s so much good stuff there guys! You can also search for videos and photos to get a good sense of your top venues and vendors. Schedule Zoom meetings with vendors whose work you love. – Trisha Vuong, Juicebox Media
4.) Register for gifts or experiences.
While nothing’s more fun than using that little scanner gun, couples at home should take advantage of the wide array of online registry options available. From honeymoon registries to websites like Blueprint Registry that let you add gifts from any store, cross this task off your list by shopping entirely online. – Jenna Meredith, Creative Director, Here Comes the Guide. Our other favorites are of course Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie and West Elm!
5.) Find the venue of your dreams.
HoneyFitz Events/ Tyler Chase Photography
Throw on your yoga pants, grab your laptop, and scope out the comprehensive lists of wedding venues right here on Here Comes The Guide! Find venues by area, budget, guest count, or style—from rustic barns to non-traditional industrial spaces and even woodsy retreats. And if you need to downsize your wedding, we have an entire section of our site dedicated to event spaces that cater to small weddings of 50 or less. See prices, get deals, and view lots of big, gorgeous photos + wedding videos that basically offer a virtual tour of the event space. Then, book a site visit right there from your couch. – Jenna Meredith, Creative Director, Here Comes the Guide
6.) Order suits and tuxes.
You can rent the highest quality tuxedos and suits online without ever visiting a store. Generation Tux has modernized the formalwear shopping experience with their website. Shop over 20 on-trend suit and tuxedo styles, along with thousands of colorful accessories to match your wedding color scheme. (They’ll even send you complimentary fabric swatches to ensure the perfect match!) And with their eTailor algorithm, they can also ensure the perfect fit—without those awkward measuring tape moments.” – Jenna Meredith, Creative Director, Here Comes the Guide
7.) Become an eco-friendly shopper.
Now that finding what you’re looking for at a traditional bridal salon isn’t an option, give Stillwhite.com, a digital marketplace where bride-to-be’s can link up with former brides who are selling their dresses for less than the retail price, a try. Turning your Pinterest board dreams into a reality, Stillwhite.com has made it possible for the budget-savvy bride to purchase a wedding dress straight from her mobile device. On an eco-friendly note, purchasing a pre-loved dress creates less waste. – Bruno Szajer, Co-founder, Stillwhite.com
8.) Prepare your speeches.
Begin writing vows, notes to your wedding party, thank you speeches. I think that we’re all a little thoughtful right now, and it’s a great time to find somewhere quiet and peaceful and take stock of what’s really important in our lives. Priorities have shifted, and I think we will all come out of this more connected and grateful. You have time to really make a masterpiece, and writing has been shown to alleviate anxiety. We recommend using pen and paper vs computer for a really therapeutic experience.
9.) Make your invitations.
Sit down together and work on the wording you would like for your wedding invitations or wedding day items.
Even if the date is up in the air, you can really take your time to think through the aesthetic and design. “We do all of the proofs and designs digitally, so we’re still working with couples on designing their invitation suites. We can take this time to get everything perfect and then jump into action once ’shelter in place’ is lifted and we can get back into production!” – Andrea Fowler, Operations Manager, Prim & Pixie
10.) Design your wedding bands.
There’s no time like a quarantine to design your custom wedding bands for the big day from the comfort of your home. Choosing your bands out of a drawer is a thing of the past. Most couples want something with a personal touch, and advancements in 3d modeling technology have made custom jewelry more accessible than ever. “At Ada Diamonds, all of our lab diamond wedding bands are custom and made-to-order to perfectly match your engagement ring and your vision for the perfect wedding set. Our virtual Concierge Experience lets you work with a diamond expert to watch your rings come to life through videos, computer models, and photorealistic renderings.” – Kelly Villarreal, Ada Diamonds