If you planned on getting married in the upcoming months, the coronavirus has likely thrown a monkey-wrench in your plans. Wedding venues are closed, many bridal gown makers are unable to ship merchandise, non-essential travel has been prohibited in many areas, and social distancing guidelines have made it nearly impossible to hold the ceremony you’ve always wanted. Not to mention, there’s no way of knowing when things will return back to normal. 

As if wedding planning wasn’t already stressful enough, these changes related to the coronavirus pandemic only heighten your frustrations. Instead of stressing on things you cannot control, consider going back to the drawing board and managing elements of your wedding plans that you can control. Here are some tips below: 

Wedding Themes and Colors

You don’t need a wedding date to plan things like the theme and colors of your special day. With more time on your hands, you have the opportunity to check out ideas that might inspire you. Whether you’re interested in throwing a gothic-theme wedding or something with an old-school Hollywood vibe, there are plenty of resources you can review to get ideas on everything from decor and menu options to bridal makeup and wardrobe. Put together a folder with all of your favorites so that you’re ready to go once you can begin planning other details of your nuptials. 

Save the Dates

Save the date notices let everyone you intend to invite to your wedding know about your big day. It gives them the appropriate amount of time to schedule time off, save money, find the appropriate outfit, and even purchase you a gift. Though you may not have a clear date ironed out just yet, you can still send out save the date notifications. Talk with your chosen wedding venue to find out the next available dates and secure the date that works the best for you. Then, design and send out notifications to your potential guests. If nothing else, it gives them something positive to look forward to in the midst of all this madness.

Wedding Registry

While some of your wedding guests will give you cash to choose your own wedding gifts, some prefer to purchase an actual present. You and your fiance can begin compiling a list of things you really want to have. You can create your wedding and bridal registry online. Simply shop for items you love from your favorite service providers and add them to your registry. Once completed, you can create links and provide them to your guests so they can purchase items from your registry. 

Wedding Venues

Wedding venues may be limited to what they can offer couples at the current time, but when things get back to normal, everyone will be jumping at the opportunity to get hitched. So, it is highly recommended that you start looking at wedding venue options now and reserve a date in the future. Thanks to modern technology, you can take a virtual tour of venues without having to leave the comfort of your home. 

Downsize Your Wedding

If you really want to go forward with your wedding plans, you could essentially downsize everything and plan to host an event with 50 people or less. As long as you’re following social distancing guidelines, everyone should remain safe. There are venues that will cater to couples who want intimate weddings with a small guest list. If not, you could plan to have your wedding ceremony at your home. Just be sure that you have protective gear like face masks and hand sanitizer, arrange seats several feet apart, and avoid inviting those who are at higher risk of contracting the disease. 

Plan a Virtual Wedding

Virtual weddings have become increasingly popular for couples who don’t want to let the coronavirus pandemic get in the way. Ideally, it would be you, your significant other, the wedding officiant, a witness or two, and a camera crew. The entire wedding ceremony would be conducted virtually while your friends and family members watch from the comfort of their own homes. 

It’s crazy how much the coronavirus pandemic has caused changed everyday life. Be that as it may, you don’t have to let it keep you from planning what should be one of the most special occasions in your life. With the use of modern technology and a bit of advanced creative planning, you can still have the wedding of your dreams.