With shops, restaurants, and most everyday life shut down right now, it can be hard to keep the wedding planning momentum going. While we don’t recommend making any BIG decisions right now with everything up in the air (such as picking a wedding venue without seeing it, or planning your European honeymoon for later this year), there are things you can do from home while we all wait to get back to our daily routines. Below, a few suggestions to keep your wedding planning on track.
Schedule Virtual Appointments
Hopefully by this point you’ve followed our advice and gotten in touch with all your wedding vendors to check in and either postpone your wedding or make a decision about going forward with a new or existing date. Once you’ve done that, you can follow-up and virtually reschedule any appointments you might have had planned. For instance, was your florist going to show you a centerpiece sample? If they have the tools necessary to build your dream flower arrangement, setup a Facetime or Zoom meeting with them instead. While you might not be able to smell the flowers , you can certainly weigh in with your feedback and decide if any changes need to be made.
The same goes for your wedding stationer, DJ, photographer/videographer, hair and makeup artist, and even venue, where you can do a virtual walk-through of a venue and bring up any questions you might have. Even if you haven’t decided on a venue yet, this is a great way to virtually visit a few during this time period (if they’re still open and able to safely give you a virtual tour).
Try On…At Home
Many bridal boutiques and online retailers are offering try-at-home programs as well as virtual showrooms to help you get a sense of various wedding dress and bridesmaid dress styles. Below are several of the stores/brands offering various at-home options:
While their bridal boutique in New York City has had to temporarily close, their website offers the Amsale x You tool, which allows you to custom design your own dress based on different choices for the bodice and skirt. Your bridesmaids can also have fun with their Virtual Try-On tool.
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Just because their exclusive in-person bridal appointments are not currently avaialble, doesn’t mean you can’t have a special experience online. The legendary design house is a great virtual option. Here’s how it works:
- Get Connected – First, head over to www.annebarge.com and create a wish list of all of the gowns you are interested in. Then, schedule your virtual appointment by emailing Erin Krut, the Anne Barge Bridal Atelier stylist at [email protected]. Virtual appointments are done via Facetime or Zoom.
- During Your Virtual Appointment – Erin will begin each virtual appointment by learning about your wedding plans and discussing every detail, from the venue and time of year to the general aesthetic you prefer. Erin will go through your bridal style and your desired wedding day looks, explaining each dress on your wish list based on fit, shape and fabric. She will also discuss possible customization options or special sizing needed.
- Narrowing Down Your Options – You will then narrow down your gown choices to your top looks. The Anne Barge team would be happy to send fabric swatches for up to three gowns, which will be mailed directly to your home. This will help you visualize the gowns by actually seeing fabrics and colors.
- Set A Date – Finally, you will set up an appointment to try on your selected gowns once the atelier has reopened.
- Who Will Benefit? – Brides looking for a gown who have a Summer or Fall 2020 wedding will be prioritized for virtual appointments. Brides who have postponed their big day and are now considering a smaller ceremony and a second gown will also benefit from these appointments.
- Bonus – Anne Barge will be waiving all rush fees on new orders for Summer and Fall 2020 wedding gown purchases.
Build a custom-dress online, or for $49 (refundable if you purchased a gown) sign up for their “All Access” and work with one of Anomalie’s virtual stylists.
- Try-at-Home Program: Try-before-you-buy option with rental sample dresses. Select 1 – 3 dresses for $10 – $15 each, including shipping.
- Virtual Showroom: Bridal parties can use the Azazie app and website to create a virtual showroom where the entire bridal party can participate in choosing styles and colors before ordering samples or finished dresses.
BHLDN stylist, Ariel Gutowicz, recently told Brides the virtual process works like this:
“First you’ll fill out a quick form that tells us about your event, aesthetic and styling needs. We have tried on all of the gowns BHLDN carries and know them inside and out–think of us as your BFFs who just so happen to know every piece in the collection. Once our styling team has reviewed your survey, we will email you with personalized product selections that suit your body type, budget & style. You’ll tell us what you love, and what you’d like to tweak. We will make adjustments to your final look and ensure you get the fit just right with expert sizing guidance. When you’re ready, simply add the items you love to your cart & check out! In-stock items can arrive in as little as one week!”
Have fun with their virtual vision board! Simply answer 10 questions about your venue, palette, and more, and the vision board will auto-populate with inspiring imagery and dress choices for you and your bridesmaids.
Brides can fill out a questionnaire online, and based on your style choices the company will mail you sample gowns for $35/each. That cost is applied towards any gown that you purchase.
Other bridal companies offering virtual help include:
- Bustle & Veil
- Grace + Ivory
- Reem Acra
- Rent the Runway
Have Your Cake…and Eat it Too!
If you are located in the same city as your baker and caterer, as them if they are able to package up a tasting for you, that you can either pick-up or that they can safely drop-off. Even better? Ask them if you can schedule a Zoom call WHILE you have your tasting, so you can go over things you like/don’t like and they can offer suggestions.
Some appointments are obviously better in person (such as your hair and makeup artist) but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do your homework ahead of your next meeting with them. Take to Pinterest if you haven’t already and create mood boards for not only your HMU, but your wedding planner or designer, stationer, photographer, even caterers. The more you can get done NOW, the more ahead you’ll be when you can actually schedule your in-person meetings.
Revisit your Wedding Checklist
Yes, it’s going to be hard to finalize your wedding guest list right now, but there are other items on your checklist you can start on, below.
Create or update your wedding website
Decide on groom’s attire
Update your wedding registry and replace out-of-stock items
Choose your wedding bands
Work on your wedding playlist and go over your key wedding songs, such as your processional, recessional, first dance, etc.
Ready to get started (or check in to make sure you’re on the right track)? Our handy wedding checklist will help keep you organized.