Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: I got engaged at Christmas, can we plan our wedding during the pandemic?

Answer: Congratulations and yes! While actually having a wedding right now is tricky, there are several things you can do to get the planning in motion. The easiest (and perhaps most fun) is getting the wedding registry and website up and running. Next, focus on setting your budget, picking a date (12 to 15 months out is typical), brainstorming ideas and researching vendors. There is so much you can get accomplished without ever leaving the house. Vendors have become experts at socially distant and virtual meetings, so it’s possible to get meetings scheduled as well as knocking out a few digital venue tours. It’s also a great time to start creating your contact list for the invitations. Finally, another fun to-do: Start your Big Day playlist! Stay safe and happy planning!


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