There's no getting around it. COVID-19 is having a huge impact on everything, including weddings. On March 15, 2020, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommended groups larger than 50 people shouldn't gather for the next two months while the country tries to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. For now, the officials are recommending such events be postponed or cancelled.

I expect your first thought was not a positive one. You've been planning your dream wedding for a long time and then . . . boom! And one of the most frustrating things for most people is the lack of solid timeline. Because the virus is unpredictable, there are no firm dates when things will get 'back to normal'.

But all is not lost. Whether you have completed your wedding planning or have just started your wedding planning checklist, an extra few months will give you and your bridal party time to get some more things done before your wedding.

  1. Event Decor Direct, located at 98 SE 7th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 is not open to the public right now, but is still shipping inventory to all its customers. If you're in the market for fabric, candles, backdrops, etc for your wedding, you can still have them delivered. Check the online catalog at: Special offers and financing are available.
  2. Maybe you want to be in better shape when you walk down the aisle. WeddingWire partnered with Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness to create five at-home workout routines, each targeting a specific area of the body, from arms and shoulders to abs and booty. Check them out at:
  3. While you won't be going to your hair stylist's salon, you can use this time to grow your hair longer or try-out a few more styles. You might even consider extensions. When deciding on a style, consider the dress you will be wearing and the overall theme of your wedding.
  4. If you're still in the market for a wedding dress, you can use Zoom, Skype and Facetime to virtual shop. You can set up a shopping time to include all your attendants and some stores will ship dresses right to your door. The new app Zeekit allows for virtual try-ons. Check out the details in Allison Crist's article in Woman Getting Married:
  5. Finally, this situation gives everyone, including you and your fiance, time to chill and think about what is really important. The world is undergoing a massive change right now and things will be different when this is over. Not all of the changes will be bad or negative. Take advantage of this time to establish your priorities based on what is really important to you.

Although our in-person Wedding and Event Design courses are not available at this time, the online curriculum is always here for you.

What wedding planning are you doing during this stay-at-home time? Post a comment. We would love to hear from you.

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