There has been a lot in the news recently about couples who’ve been forced to postpone their nuptials due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as others who have decided to go ahead with their wedding with significantly restricted numbers.

Some have even had virtual weddings so that their friends and family could be part of the day, even if not in person.

But what about if you are engaged, but your wedding isn’t until next year, or even further in the future? Lockdown could present the perfect time to get on top of your wedding planning.

An article for Femina recently offered some advice to couples who are in the planning stages for their big day, noting that lockdown shouldn’t stop you from getting on with organising elements of your wedding.

One of the activities you can get stuck into at the moment is research. If you’re not working for one reason or another, it doesn’t matter if you get sucked into a wedding decor Pinterest hole! Just roll with it and see what you can find.

Even though you can’t go to shops to try on the likes of dresses and shoes, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time looking at trends and designs that you might use for inspiration when you’re searching for your outfit.

You can also contact some of the suppliers you might like to use to get quotes for your big day if this is a job that you’ve been putting off. You could find out about catering options, or even  if you fancy having a photo booth at your reception.

Another job that you and your partner can box off is sorting out your guest list, if you haven’t already. If you’ve got time on your hands, you could even sort out the seating plan. For any couples who have their wedding invitations ready to write, use this period to sit down together and get this task off your list.

You can still post your invitations out, and it will be a nice surprise for people to receive in their mail along with all the usual bills at the moment.

For any brides planning a wedding on a budget, you can also use this time to practice your makeup skills. Get comfy in front of a mirror, get your makeup out and experiment with different looks. Use online tutorials if there’s a style you particularly like the look of but aren’t quite sure how to master.

Practice makes perfect! If you find your perfect wedding style during lockdown you can spend time getting it right so that when it comes to your big day, it’ll be one less task to worry about.

If your wedding has been postponed due to Covid-19, you might feel a little low as you approach your original wedding date. Glamour Magazine offered some ideas on how you can mark the day with your partner to help take the edge off.

Among the suggestions are to get dressed up (maybe in your wedding outfits?) and host a zoom ‘wedding party’ with your close friends and family. Make sure everyone has some nibbles and a few drinks. You could even play some wedding-themed games like Mr and Mrs.

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