You’ve binged all the good shows on Netflix. You’ve religiously worked out with Joe Wicks every morning. And you’ve cleared the cupboard of snacks. Welcome to lockdown.
In this weird time of being cooped up at home you might feel like you can’t make much headway in your plans for the perfect big day. But we’ve got good news for you. Wedding co-ordinator and owner of Occasion Queens Nina Beer says just because the country is currently on lockdown, doesn’t mean you can’t embrace all things wedding planning and get very excited. In fact, it might be the ideal time to crack on with some of those tasks you were to struggling to squeeze into your regular day to day.
“There is a lot out there right now about how to postpone your wedding and do you need to cancel, and that’s because for many this is a real heart wrenching time,” Nina emphasises. “However, here at OQ, we are all about being positive and now more than ever, we need to spread some cheer and give people something to look forward to!”
Here at WJ we couldn’t agree more, so without further ado here’s all the tasks Nina says you can tick off that wedding to do list, all from the comfort of your couch.
Learn calligraphy. “Why not become a master and then do all your own wedding invites or on the day stationery?” Nina suggests.
Make your own confetti. “We are all desperate to get outside so if you are lucky enough to have a garden full of flowers get out there and start drying those petals to make beautiful confetti,” Nina advises. “It’s also a great job to give mums and family and friends who may also be struggling with things to do right now!”
DIY it all! “There is so much you can make for your big day whether it be signs from bits of wood in the garage or your own wedding invites, start getting those creative juices flowing and see where it takes you!” she enthuses.
Create an Amazon wish list. Nina says, “there are going to be so many little bits that you will need for your big day, now’s the time to start that wish list of what to order nearer the time. It may be pens for your guest book or a cake stand for your dessert table. As you will not be so rushed, you can have a proper look at what you want.”
Look at what the ideal thank you gifts will be. “Now more than ever small businesses need your support so start using this time to see what the perfect thank you gifts would be for your parents and bridal party,” Nina suggests.
Nail your planning! “This is the time where you can make sure you have ticked all the boxes. Have you got a really good list together, is your budget is on track and you can confirm what suppliers you want to use?” Nina asks. “Your suppliers need you right now so if you have been hanging on to confirm them and have the funds to do so, it would be amazing if you can make them do their happy dance right now by paying that deposit!”
Get that sewing kit out! “Start making your own bunting, fabric backdrop (with a quote using the calligraphy skills you are also working on!) or embroider your wedding date in blue thread to the inside of your dress as your something blue!” she suggests.
Pinterest your dream wedding! Nina says, “Keep that excitement going and starting pinning to your heart’s content. You can check out our Pinterest blog on the perfect way to curate this.”
Video chat with your bridal party! “Get everyone involved in one big Zoom chat, make sure everyone has wine, snacks and some music playing,” Nina suggests. “It’s a great way for the groomsmen and bridesmaids to get to know each other.”
Look at your wedding budget. “If your wedding has been postponed, are there areas that you originally couldn’t afford that now, given the extra time to save, you can think about having to make your day even more perfect?” she asks.
And finally? Keep smiling! “Keep positive,” Nina advises, “and enjoy everything that gets you one step closer to marrying the one you love.”