First things first – congratulations! You’re engaged and about to embark on an incredible adventure with the love of your life. You deserve to feel all the joy and anticipation of your upcoming big day – with as little stress as possible.
Planning a wedding can be daunting, but it’s really a celebration of everything that makes you two unique as a couple. Let our guide help you keep a handle on everything there is to do in the leadup to the I dos, so you don’t miss out on any opportunities during your engagement period or on your wedding day.
COVID Conscious Weddings
During this time of uncertainty, planning a wedding can become even trickier. How many guests can you invite and still stay socially distanced? How to make sure you’re complying with all your state’s requirements for holding gatherings? Indoor or outdoor? How do you make sure you’ll get refunds from the venue, caterer, photographer, and florist if you have to postpone?
It’s important to be realistic about your plans and how much you can feasibly accomplish during this time. Luckily, a more extended engagement can mean getting to double down on chances to celebrate! And holding intimate ceremonies can be extra romantic, while still leaving the opportunity to throw a bigger celebration with friends and family down the road.
Miss to Mrs. Subscription
Most importantly, don’t freak out – there are some great services geared towards helping you maximize the joy of planning a wedding and minimize the drama. A Miss to Mrs. subscription can help you plan and prep for the big day while keeping you motivated and excited along the way.
Miss to Mrs. regularly delivers themed boxes to you, the bride-to-be, throughout your engagement. Boxes cover milestones like assembling the bridal party, venue, guest list, day-of essentials, honeymoon prep, and more. The subscription model keeps you from getting overwhelmed, and the unique combination of bridal swag and de-stress essentials makes wedding planning actually fun – like it’s supposed to be.
You’re engaged, and you deserve to shout it from the rooftops, Monica Geller-style, if you want to! There are so many great options for bridal swag that you can have customized to suit your style – whether you’re more gym tank, glitter, or both.
Bridal swag is for you, and also for your friends. Celebratory merch can be a meaningful way to ask your closest friends to be a part of your bridal party, single out a maid of honor, or share memories at a bachelorette party. Let your friends celebrate you and show off that they’re part of your I Do Crew with bathrobes, tank tops, tote bags, baseball caps, or whatever else you all like.
Planners and Checklists
Staying organized is the number one way to get to relax and enjoy your wedding prep. Keeping a separate wedding planner or organizer will keep all the details down in one place, so planning doesn’t take over your life. Writing plans down on paper can make sure nothing important slips through the cracks.
Your typical wedding organizer will have sections dedicated to topics like:
- Guest List
- Dress, hair, and makeup
- Groom’s attire
- Vendors (usually catering, flowers, photographer)
- Rehearsal dinner details
You can fill in your organizer as you go, keeping track of contact information and headcounts. It’s also a great way to keep tabs on cost, make handy backup plans in case anything goes wrong, and preserve some memories of the planning process.
Checklists can also help, especially when you talk with your vendors. Perhaps it is important for you to get black and white prints of your engagement photos, or that you remember to warn the caterer about certain family members’ allergies. Keeping a checklist can help you delegate the nitty-gritty so that you can get to the good stuff.
Wedding Day Essentials
For the day of your wedding, your number one duty is to enjoy yourself. To that end, it’s a good idea to have some comfortable things prepared. Comfortable shoes, for example, can be a massive relief after spending the day in heels. You may want to set aside flats to dance in or flip flops if your wedding is on the beach. It can also be helpful to have a pretty rain jacket or sturdy umbrella at the ready, in case of rain. Even if most or all of your ceremony and reception are indoors, you won’t want to risk getting wet as you go from the car to the venue.
Depending on what your honeymoon plans are, you may want to set aside some mental energy ahead of time to make sure you’re prepared. If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to make sure in advance that both of your passports are valid through the trip and are stowed in safe places. You’ll need to alert your credit card company, whether you’re traveling just across the country or across the globe. Packing in advance is helpful, and having something new and exciting to wear when you two arrive can help mark the occasion. Your honeymoon should be just as celebratory as the wedding day – even more so since it’ll be just the two of you.
There’s a lot to keep in mind when planning a wedding, but the most important thing is to make it a process you actually get to enjoy. A subscription box like Miss to Mrs. can help you keep track of everything that needs to get done in bite-size pieces while celebrating you and the occasion in fresh, fun ways. With themes like “Keep Calm & Plan On,” “Classy & Fabulous,” and “Maximum Romance,” Miss to Mrs.’s boxes keep you pampered and prepared in the lead up to your wedding. You CAN get everything done and still have fun during your engagement! Just remember to breathe, stay organized, and remember it’s all a celebration of you both and the love you have for each other.