When planning a wedding, one of the most exciting moments is being able to talk to vendors, visit venues, participate in taste testing, and trying on wedding dresses to find the perfect one for your wedding day. However, these are wedding checklist items that couples aren’t able to do at the moment due to the Coronavirus. With the implementation of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, couples are having to identify ways to plan their wedding from the comfort of their homes. Here are some steps you can take: 1. Venue. When it comes to selecting a venue for your wedding, it’s always ideal to visit venues that you like and feel resonate with your overall vision for your wedding. Since you aren’t able to physically visit venues at the moment, there are some venues that are offering virtual tours. Through virtual visits, you would be able to explore more about the venue remotely. Ask venues on your list what options they have available for couples who would like to see the venue but aren’t able to due to social distancing.
2. Wedding Dress. One of the highlights during the wedding planning process is to be able to try on dresses and pick the perfect one for your wedding day. It is also important to select a wedding dress at least 7-8 months before the wedding date due to delivery and alterations. Social distancing makes it difficult to purchase a dress during this timeframe. There are some bridal boutiques that offer virtual appointments and virtual try-ons where you can speak with a stylist from home to narrow down options for wedding dresses. When picking bridal boutiques in your area, contact them to inquire about what they are doing to assist brides with meeting their deadlines for purchasing their wedding dress. Also, see if they have options where your bridesmaids can join in on the virtual meeting.
3. Baker. When selecting a wedding cake for your special day, you may already have an idea as to what you want your cake to look and taste like. Stay in contact with bakers of interest and possible schedule a time to do a consultation through video platforms. You would still be able to talk about your overall vision and next steps. You can also start to communicate with the baker about contactless options they are providing for cake testing. Do they offer tasting boxes where you can pick-up a box of cake samples and enjoy them from the comfort of your home?
4. Caterer. When communicating with a caterer, you can still call them and schedule a time to have a virtual meeting to talk more about menus and receive a quote for services. Ask the caterer what their team is doing to help clients stay contactless. Do they have any suggestions regarding ways to sample food items during this time that may be of interest to you for your wedding day?
5. Photographers and Videographers. Try to schedule a virtual coffee meeting with photographers and/or videographers that interest you. By doing this, you are able to ask them questions about their services and learn more about their personality. Photographers and videographers spend a good portion of the wedding day with you and help you create everlasting moments that you can look back on years to come. Through this virtual option, you can really start to ask yourself: would they be a good fit?
6. Florist. Talk to florists about flower arrangements you would like to have for your wedding. This can be done through video chatting as well. Through this virtual option, they can provide different arrangements for you to view and identify what works best for your special day.
7. Wedding Shows. Research to see if there are any virtual wedding shows that are being offered in your area. This would allow you to continue to meet vendors in the area that could assist you on your wedding day.
These are just a few ways to check items off of your wedding checklist as you prepare for your big day. If you have a wedding planner or interested in selecting one, you can also schedule a virtual meeting to learn more about services. By having a wedding planner, they can assist you with exploring more about your options and help mitigate stress that may occur during this time.