I know it sounds a little crazy to keep planning your destination wedding during a pandemic. There’s so much uncertainty about the future, especially when it comes to travel plans… But if you’ve been dreaming about a destination wedding for as long as you can remember, now’s the time to really dive into planning! Take advantage of the extra time you have at home, and plan your entire wedding.
If you’re in the beginning stages of planning, you’ll want to check out 15 Tips to Planning a Beach Wedding. Otherwise, keep reading! No matter what stage you’re at, here are some tips to keep planning your destination wedding from home.
Create/Update Your Wedding Website
A wedding website requires a lot of time and energy. But it’s fun because it’s all about you! So take the time to write your story. Add photos of you and your fiance. Write about your destination and fun things for guests to do during their stay. And don’t forget to update your guests on travel plans or changes to your wedding itinerary.
Write Your Vows
For some reason, this one always gets left to the last minute. But it doesn’t have to! Get those positive thoughts and emotions flowing. Take some time to write down what you love about your partner and exactly what you’re promising to them on your wedding day. You can even throw in a funny quip about how you managed to stay together despite the pandemic, stuck in the same house together for weeks. Or if you aren’t physically together right now, you can write about how you made it through despite the distance. After all, now you know that your relationship can survive anything!
Update Your Address Book
Take the time to reach out to all of your guests and confirm their mailing addresses. You can take this one step further and design your Save the Dates and/or Wedding Invitations. If you’ve changed your wedding date, check out Minted’s selection of Change the Date cards.
Follow Your Vendors on Social Media
Fill your Instagram and Facebook feed with positive content from your wedding vendors. They’ll offer tons of tips, ideas, and inspiration for your wedding day. Plus, it’s a nice distraction from all the negative news circulating on social media.
Do Some Online Shopping
You can order your guest book, wedding favors, and gifts for your bridal party. Now’s also the time to shop online for jewelry, shoes, and any other details you’ll want for your wedding day. Or maybe you want to find a dress for your rehearsal dinner. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it online. Just be sure to set a budget so you don’t go overboard.
Research Marriage License Requirements
Decide if you’ll be getting married in your hometown before your trip, or if you’ll have a legal ceremony in your destination. Research what documentation is required and what fees are involved. If you’re getting married in your destination, you may need to get your legal documents translated so you can start that process now too.
Create Your Wedding Playlist
Create a playlist of songs that you want your DJ to play during your wedding day. And if you have songs that you want him/her to avoid playing, make another list for those. If you don’t have your DJ or band booked yet, you can use this time to research wedding vendors.
Plan Your Honeymoon
You may not be able to book yet, but it doesn’t hurt to dream right? Research a few locations that are on the top of your list. Check out hotels in the area and points of interest that you may want to see. If you’re staying in the same destination as your wedding, check out excursion options or romantic activities (like a couple’s massage or candlelit dinner on the beach).
Even though this is a difficult time to plan a wedding, it’s not impossible. Stay positive. You can still have the wedding of your dreams! If you need any help planning your destination wedding during a pandemic like this one, feel free to contact me!
I’m more than happy to help to make your dreams come true 🙂