By Samantha Bernstein
Why not make the most of any downtime during this #stayhome period? Here are some suggestions for keeping busy and staying proactive, all wedding/event related of course!
1. Create an event mood board.
Mood boards are a great way to get a sense of how your favorite wedding ideas can work together in a cohesive manner. There are so many wonderful websites and apps that make creating mood boards a breeze. In particular, I recommend Pinterest and Canva (note: Canva is free to use with the option to upgrade to a pro version. I have always found the free version to work for my needs. If you're feeling extra crafty, consider digging out that old glue gun and some glitter and making an IRL mood board.
2. Give that trendy makeup look a try.
Y'know that wedding makeup look you've been eyeing for months on Instagram? The one you've been worried to try for fear of how it will turn out? Now is your chance, any flops will stay between you and your mirror! Why not try a retro cat-eye, or fake eyelashes, or the perfect ombré lip? With time to kill, you might as well watch a fun YouTube tutorial and give it your best shot. An at-home makeup attempt can be the perfect way to figure out what you like and how it looks on you so that you're ready to make informed decisions when sitting in the makeup chair on the big day.
3. Learn some new moves for your first dance.
I know we're all looking for ways to sneak in a little romance and stay active while our date night spots and go-to gyms may be closed. Learning a new dance with your partner is the best way to do both, while also allowing you to prepare for your big day! YouTube has an endless number of tutorials in every dance genre, ranging from the basics to more advanced choreography, which makes it the ideal resource for couples of every ability to up their first-dance game while they boogie down.
4. Start your wedding registry.
In my opinion, there's no better way to pass the extra time than with a little online retail therapy. When you create your registry, you get all the joys of shopping while also knowing you are investing the time in a productive manner. Thanks to websites like Zola, the Knot, and Blueprint, all it takes to register for gifts is a couple of clicks of the mouse (or the trackpad or the touchscreen). The Knot allows you to easily sync up your registries from individual stores. With Zola and Blueprint, you create a registry and add items directly through their platforms, with the option to add items from other stores.
5. Create a wedding website.
Even if you don't yet have all the details of your day planned to a T, you can still begin working on your site. While the same platforms (Zola, the Knot, and Blueprint) can also be used to create your wedding website, I am personally a fan of sites like Squarespace, Wix, and Wordpress, which allow you to imbue your site with personality and attitude. I believe that your website should be just as unique as the two of you are. Additionally, this is the ideal time to think about the elements you want to include on your site that go beyond the logistics. For instance, a site can be a perfect place for the two of you to tell your story, show off your favorite photos, and recommend some local attractions to your out-of-town guests.
6. Experiment with signature cocktail recipe ideas.
Play bartender for the night. Whatever liqour, mixers, and garnishes you have in the house are a great place to start, as your cocktails should be something you actually want to drink. Other things to consider are the season, the venue, flavor trends, and your theme. Don't be afraid to experiment! Most great cocktails require a little trial and error, but if you're feeling a little less adventurous, you can always put a twist on your favorite classic. Once you have the perfect concoction, its time to showcase your creativity and sense of humor by naming your drink.
7. Draft your wedding vows.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Use this downtime to give your vows the attention they deserve. Reflect on what you love most about your fiance(e) and your hopes for the future. Be yourself. Whether you're sappy, punny, musical, nostalgic, or a wordsmith, your fiance(e) loves you for it.
8. Compile lists of music-musts and do-not-plays.
Start by considering what songs you want to have playing for some of the pivotal parts of your day. Some musical moments to think about are your processional, recessional, wedding party entrance, first dance, parent dance, and final exit (or a list tailored to your non-wedding event). This is a great opportunity to share some more of your favorite songs with the person you love and reminisce on (and make new) musical memories.
You may also want to make a list of songs you do not want played at your wedding. Some helpful starting points are songs you feel are overplayed, songs that you dislike, and songs that bring up emotions that you don't want to feel on your special day.
9. Research honeymoon locales.
Take a virtual getaway as you think about where you may want to honeymoon when all of this is over. Talk about those bucket-list worthy locations and how you want to spend your time away. Consider whether you're looking to relax, adventure, check out historical sites, eat well, or dive into the local culture, and let this guide you. Also, many world-renowned cultural sites and attractions are offering e-tours, a feature worth sampling to make sure all activities fit your interests.
10. Binge watch some wedding themed TV shows and movies.
There are so many great TV shows and movies about weddings and events. Below are some of my favorites and where you can find them streaming.
Happy planning :)