As any bride- or groom-to-be can tell you, planning a wedding means you'll spend most weekends crossing items off your to-do list. That doesn't leave a lot of room for downtime. While lots of these tasks involve meetings with vendors, there are quite a few things you can do from the comfort of your own home. In fact, you and your future spouse can cuddle up on the couch, turn on your favorite wedding-planning movie, and get to work. Here, the easiest tasks you can complete right from your couch.
Window shop for wedding bands.
Struggling to find a time when both you and your fiancé are available to go shopping for wedding bands? There's no rule that says you have to go together—or go to a traditional brick and mortar store at all. Jordan Jack is an online tool that the groom can use to check out different wedding band styles. He can choose five of his favorites and they'll be shipped right to your doorstep. After taking a few days to decide on the look and feel of each ring, all he has to do is send the sample box back and the wedding band he's selected will arrive within just a few days.
Try your hand at floral design.
Whether you're thinking about creating your own floral arrangements for the wedding, a pre-wedding event, or simply want to get a better understanding of which blooms go together, Bloominous can help. This online service partners with top designers to create the perfect kits for the ultimate DIY bride to arrange and style at home. Their flowers are fresh and cut-to-order, and the customized kits are prepped to include everything you need so make the ideal arrangements. If your groom isn't excited about flower arranging, call your bridesmaids over and make an evening of whipping up centerpieces for your bridal shower.
Rent a suit or tux.
Shopping for a suit or tuxedo can take a lot of time—especially if you decide to go the custom route. Luckily, there are a number of different places where the groom can look for his big-day attire online, including Generation Tux. Most offer tips to help you get the measurements just right, but make sure to try it on early to ensure the fit is correct before the wedding.
Purchase a pre-loved dress.
The bride can shop for her wedding attire at home, too. If you're having trouble finding what you're looking for at a traditional bridal salon, give Stillwhite, a digital marketplace where bride-to-be's can link up with former brides who are selling their dresses for less than the retail price, a try. Turning your Pinterest board dreams into a reality, Stillwhite has made it possible for the budget-savvy bride to purchase a wedding dress straight from her mobile device. On an eco-friendly note, purchasing a pre-loved dress creates less waste.