We are sending our heartfelt thoughts to all 2020 wedding couples. We would like you to know how much we are thinking about you during these uncertain times. Please know we are here for you at The Indigo Bride and we are getting through this together. Whether you are rescheduling for later this year or 2021, we came up with a few ideas for you to continue your wedding planning during quarantine. While many couples are spending more time than usual together at home, check out our ideas to keep those positive vibes and to get ahead on planning your wedding.
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1. Taste Cocktails
Quarantini’s anyone?! Selecting your signature “his” and “hers” cocktails is a wonderful way to spend time with each other and to enjoy “happy hour” at home. We recommend these DIY classic cocktail recipes to start with. Remember to keep the recipes simple (no blending, egg whites, or 5+ ingredients). Keeping your cocktail simple, yet uniquely yours, will ensure bar lines are kept to a minimum at your celebration and we even suggest that your caterer tray passes these beverages at the start of your cocktail hour as well. You can also name the drinks to personalize them even more. Cheers!
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2. Shop Online for Attire
Many couples find their bridesmaids dresses or groomsmen’s suits or tuxes online these days! Now is the time to start looking online for inspiration. For your best guys, we recommend The Black Tux, as they allow you to try on a suit or tux at home for 3 days before committing. For your best gals, Azazie also allows you to try on sample dresses at home. We also love Lulu’s, and Show Me Your Mumu for more bridal dresses, shoes, and accessories!
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3. Register for Gifts or Experiences
Take this time to peruse gift ideas online and to set up your registry. Zola offers a fabulous website with options for classic wedding gifts, gift cards, and even a honeymoon fund. My World Registry offers a unique way to register for life experiences. Dreaming about your honeymoon or next adventure always provides anticipation and that is half the fun, right? I know we will be ready for a trip once we all can travel again!
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4. Sculpt Your Ceremony (Make it a Date Night at Home!)
Put on your favorite Spotify playlist, light candles, maybe pop some wine and sit together to start envisioning your wedding ceremony. Who will be walking with who from your bridal party? Will you write your own vows to each other? Will there be anyone reading or singing? Slow down and enjoy this time together to start painting the picture of your ceremony and commitment to each other.
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5. Create a Design Board for The Look of Your Wedding
As most wedding vendors are not holding weddings right now, they are readily available via phone or email to start working through the vision and design of your celebration. Create a Pinterest Board to start collecting photos and inspo to share with them. Dream of your florals, paper goods, and rentals. One of our favorite local florists, Michelle from the Posie Shoppe commented, “Even though we can’t meet in person right now, we can absolutely work on nailing down a proposal for you. We often do email and phone consultations for our destination brides, so this is not a new process for us. If you have some inspirational photos that speak to you, some favorite flowers, and a list of things you’d like to include, we can get started! We can help you to refine your vision and make suggestions for things to consider about your venue. Later, if you want to meet in person we will be happy to set an appointment and you’ll already be ahead of the game.” We are all about getting ahead of the game!
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6. Collect & Organize Your Guest List
In the age of email, collecting addresses for save the dates or invitations can be a task in itself! Use this time to reach out to your guests to check in on them and collect their contact information needed for the wedding.
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7. Select Your Wedding Playlist
Good music always boosts our mood! Reach out to your band or DJ to see what songs they suggest you select. Think ceremony, first dance, and other special dances with family or friends that you know you would like to include. Also, the perfect “last” song for the reception is a must too!
This global pandemic has effected everyone’s wedding plans in so many different ways. So even if you can only choose one or two ideas, we hope it sparks some joy for your future wedding day plans… it WILL be here someday, no matter what. Love always wins!