During these times of social distancing, when we’re being asked to do our part and stay at home to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, you can continue to plan your wedding. Take this time to get ahead on tasks you would otherwise leave until the last minute. I’ve listed nine things couples can be doing to continue planning for their upcoming wedding during this time.

  1.   Search for Wedding Accessories

With online retailers at our fingertips, it’s so easy to shop from the comfort of our homes. Get online and start searching for your wedding day accessories, such as your shoes, jewelry and garter belt.

2.   Purchase Small Detailed Items

Get on Etsy and start searching for small detailed items such as your guestbook, cake topper, cake knives and champagne flutes. Also go on Minted and start looking for any other wedding stationary you may need, such as programs, menus, and escort cards. 

3.   Order Bridal Party Gifts

Don’t forget about giving back to your bridal party on your big day. For the bridesmaids, you may want to look into giving them a personalized robe, hanger, or stemless wine glass. For the groomsmen, you may want to look into gifting them personalized whiskey glasses, matching socks, or cigars. They will appreciate this kind gesture thanking them for everything they’ve done leading up to your wedding.

4.   Create DIY Decor

Take the extra time you have right now to create anything you are making for your wedding, such as a welcome sign, seating chart, Mr. and Mrs. chair signs, etc. Other things you can consider putting together are welcome bags, favors, and bathroom amenity baskets.

5.   Create a Shot List

Start researching on Pinterest shots you would like your photographer and videographer to capture of you on your big day. By preparing this in advance will not only save you a lot of time on the day of, but will allow you to spend more time celebrating with your guests.   

6.   Decide on Your Song List

Create a playlist for the ceremony, reception entrances, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, bouquet toss, garter throw, etc. For each song category, there are a lot of songs to choose from, which may require a lot of your time, so don’t wait until the last minute to do this.   

7.   Create the Seating Plan

Ask your planner or venue for a layout of the space so you can think about how you would like to put the tables and who you would like to assign to each one. This is a very tedious task and the more time you have to work on this the better.

8.   Draft Your Vows

This is an important task that most people leave until the absolute last minute. Take advantage of the extra time you have right now and start drafting what you would like to say to your significant other. Also start researching vows books you would like to write them in.

9.   Review Everything

Review all your contracts and contact your vendors and planner about what your options are if you need to postpone your wedding. Always postpone and never cancel! Remember that if you cancel, you will most likely not receive your deposits back. Everyone in the wedding industry has been extremely understanding during this crisis and they are making it easier for couples to postpone their big day. 

If you’re lucky and your wedding isn’t before the beginning of May, which is when the CDC recommends all events that consist of 50 people or more be either canceled or postponed, you can take this opportunity to work on these nine details. By working on these things ahead of time, will reduce your stress in the long run, allowing you to enjoy your wedding planning process. 

check off things as you go by printing an editable wedding details checklist here: Wedding Details Checklist