With the uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused, many couples have been forced to postpone their dream weddings for the unforeseeable future. While smaller-scale weddings are still doable right now, some brides and grooms justifiably don’t want to shorten their guest list or alter their wedding too drastically. Instead, they have opted to postpone their wedding until all guests can safely attend. If you’re one of these couples, keep reading to learn how to make the most of this additional planning time!
Save More Money
One positive thing about a pushed back wedding date is that it allows you to save more money to better prepare for the cost of your special day. It also means that you can consider splurging on things that you might not have had the ability to before. If there’s something extravagant that you want for your wedding day, like a limo for your bridal party or an open bar at your reception, now is a great time to start saving so you can make it happen.
This is also a great time to start saving for your dream honeymoon. With many social locations closed due to the pandemic, you can reallocate the money put towards “fun” right into savings. Additionally, look into ways you can make extra cash from home by starting a side hustle like opening your own small shop or working for an online business in your free time. Another resource you might want to look into is consulting with a financial advisor that will give you professional advice on how to allocate your funds during this time so you can finance your dream wedding and future life together.
Enjoy The Engagement Period
Under normal circumstances, many couples still opt for a longer engagement because of the extra preparation time it gives. Couples that extend their engagement are able to grow closer, experience the intimacy of knowing they’ll be starting a committed life together, and better plan for their romantic day. Look at quarantine as a way to really celebrate this exciting stage in your life and indulge in your love for one another.
You can even have more than one engagement photoshoot in different seasons with this extra time. This will give you more photo options for wedding invitations and save the dates, as well as a way to remember this experience for years to come. Use Pinterest to find inspiration on ways to prolong your engagement celebration until it’s time to say, “I do.”
Achieve Your Dream Look
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, then you know how many photos and videos are taken of the couple. Your wedding day will be so much more seamless if you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin, rather than timid and afraid to get your photo taken. Start by assessing any insecurities you may have and make a plan for how you’ll combat them. For some brides, this may mean making lifestyle adjustments like creating an exercise plan to feel most confident in their backless wedding dress. Alternatively, grooms may decide to enhance their look by using a hair loss medication to treat male pattern baldness and to get back the luscious locks that they once had.
Sit down with your partner and talk about how you can both support and motivate one another to reach your personal appearance goals leading up to the big day. Whether it be joining an exercise program together or making lifestyle changes like food that you keep in your home, working together to look wedding-ready will be a great way to bond. Put the energy into your appearance right now, so that when it is time for your special day you aren’t scrambling to look and feel your best.
Build Up The Excitement
Although your wedding day may seem ages away, take advantage of the time leading up to it by building the anticipation for yourself and wedding guests. Just because there are social distancing guidelines in place, that doesn’t mean you have to completely forgo traditional pre-wedding events. If you already made plans for things like a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or bachelor party– don’t completely cancel them. Consider holding them virtually on the date they were originally planned for and then as things start to improve make plans for the actual in-person events. You can even get extra creative and send out custom facemasks to wedding guests as a reminder that your wedding will still be happening in the near future. This will keep family and friends engaged with the planning process, while also giving you something to look forward to and make the postponement more normal.
You and your partner could also plan small weekend getaways or at home date nights where you manifest what your actual wedding day will be like. Don’t forget to maintain contact and schedule meetings with wedding vendors so you can stay on top of the details of your wedding day as it approaches. It’s okay to celebrate what may seem like small victories during this time because it will give you the motivation to keep going.
Document The Process
This is such a unique and historic time for everyone, so why not document it to have something to look back on and show your (possible) kids? There are many different ways you can document your new planning process, from keeping an engagement workbook to creating a YouTube channel to vlog your journey along the way. You can also keep family and friends in the loop by creating a wedding website to post updates about your wedding day and keep them excited for what’s to come.
This is absolutely a strange time for everyone, but there is no need to stress (too much) about rescheduling and replanning your wedding. Look at this as an opportunity to think about every little detail and truly make this the wedding of your dreams. The setbacks of the pandemic will make your wedding ceremony and reception all the more special when the day finally comes!