With the coronavirus pandemic enforcing social distancing and confining us to our homes, numerous couples were forced to make the decision of canceling and postponing their weddings.
If your original wedding date was also affected by the pandemic, then you most likely had to cancel the plans you’ve been working on for months. You probably also had to call your vendors/venue to cancel orders, hence are back to square one.
If after all of these, you feel unmotivated to once again begin the process of planning your wedding, it is very understandable. However, if there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it is that every second is valuable. So to help you find the motivation to plan your wedding, we’ve compiled this list below.
Make a to-do list
You probably already did this when you first planned your wedding so you know how effective it can be. Take out a journal with a pen or go to the notes app on your phone and write down all the things you need.
This list should include booking an officiant, reserving venues, hiring photographers, florists, caterers, and DJs, and sending wedding invitations.
Add deadlines to your lists
There is nothing more motivating than a deadline. Once you have your list of activities organized, allocate time to accomplishing each task.
When making deadlines, make it long enough that you can achieve your task without pressure, but short enough that you don’t feel as if you’re dallying.
Begin with the big tasks
To stay motivated when planning your wedding after the pandemic, tackle the big tasks first. This is because starting with smaller tasks may make you reluctant to face the bigger ones. It could also make you anxious as the closer your wedding day gets, the more stressed you will feel. So start with the big ones such as reserving a venue or gathering guest information, and work your way down the list to the simpler ones such as collecting flowers.
Review your budget
Chances are that the budget for your previous wedding will not be the same as the budget for this wedding, so work on it again. Decide on the figures with your spouse and work around it. Also, check your budget after every task you accomplish to ensure you are on track.
Watch wedding shows
We all love a nice ol’ fairytale wedding so binging on wedding shows may just give you the boost you need to get out of bed and start planning your wedding.
When you watch these shows, you find inspirations and make mental notes on things you want and things you don’t want. So turn on your television, make some popcorn, and watch loads of wedding movies with your bridal party.
Spend time on Pinterest
Spending time on your wedding Pinterest board can take you a step closer to actualizing the wedding of your dreams. With an endless stream of ideas and inspirations coming in, you can plan most of your day there. So whenever you have time on your hands, go on Pinterest, and organize!
Use the reward method
Believe us when we tell you that the reward system doesn’t only work on kids but can also be motivating for brides. So for every task you accomplish on your list, give yourself a gift. For example, for every step you tick off the list, you get a few dollars to spend on anything non-wedding related. This can be your favorite treat or a brief trip to the mall. Using the reward method will motivate you to tackle each task on time.
Enlist your bridal party to help
Your bridal party isn’t just there to look great on your wedding day. They are also obligated to assist you during the planning process. So enlist their aid with small tasks. Having assistance can help motivate you to plan your wedding.
When planning your wedding, remember that it is to be one of the happiest days of your life. So make sure you don’t put too much pressure on yourself and try to enjoy the process. In between tasks, take a short break to breathe and simply savor the journey.