If you got engaged in the middle of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease pandemic, the thought of planning your wedding from home might be overwhelming. But even with public gathering mandates and social distancing guidelines, there are still plenty of ways you can accomplish tasks from your couch. Most vendors are now shifting their operations online to help couples plan for their dream day.
Whether you’re thinking of browsing for potential wedding reception venues or dresses for your bridesmaids, you can still plan for your special day online. Below are some tasks you can work on during the pandemic.
Plan Your Budget
Start with setting your budget. Budget discussions early on in the wedding planning will determine your decisions. Talk with your partner about the budget, the headcount goal, and the ideal wedding date. These discussions will eventually lead to bigger ones about potential wedding venues, as well as the possibility of bringing on a wedding planner.
Even though large gatherings are discouraged due to the pandemic, wedding venues allow bookings up to 18 months in advance. Determine your budget ASAP so you can secure a potential wedding venue.
Select Your Wedding Date
Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, setting a date for your special day proves to be tricky. Still, choosing one as soon as possible ensures that you can secure the vendors you want the most. The Knot’s 2019 Real Wedding Study reveals that the average engagement length is 15 months. But this is only an average, so timelines can still vary according to a couple’s preferred schedule.
You can, however, use this guideline to determine when you should get married. Vendors and venues are still booking weddings, so as soon as you can settle on a date, you can move forward with your planning.
Look for Vendors
Search online for vendors and start building your wedding day dream team. The pandemic hasn’t stopped wedding vendors from working — in fact, most of them are working closely with their clients. Find vendors who can plan for contingencies, schedules, venue walkthroughs, pre-nuptial and engage photo ideas, and gifts for sponsors.
One of the biggest perks of securing a vendor sooner is you’re working with an expert who can help you navigate wedding planning during COVID-19. If you’re uncertain as to where you should start with the preparation, hire a wedding planner (if your budget has more space).
Take Digital Venue Tours
Plenty of wedding venues offer virtual tours to help couples check out their dream location without leaving their homes. Apart from enabling you to see the place in real time, virtual tours also offer more opportunities for questions without risking your safety and health.
If you’re still uncertain with virtual tours, know that vendors are finding newer ways to simplify your venue search from home. Stay in touch with a potential vendor so that you are always in the know about venue changes and more.
The pandemic should not stop you from planning your dream day. Take advantage of technology and start planning for your wedding from home.