As couples around the world face the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember you’re not alone. The crisis has impacted countless engagements and weddings, leaving many couples wondering how they’ll work around the pandemic to get the wedding of their dreams.

While it’s not safe to plan your wedding as you would usually, you can still use this time to plan ahead for when social distancing isn’t essential to your health and the health of your guests. To help you out during this tricky situation, here are five tips you can use to plan your wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining everyone’s health and safety.

  1. Don’t rush into your wedding. Many couples feel that they don’t want to wait to get married, but there’s no rush. The median age for couples is between 27 and 30 years, and the average couple dates for about five years before getting married. While the average engagement is 13 months, there’s no harm in waiting longer.
  2. Use this time for research. Even small weddings need a lot of planning. While you may not be able to go wine tasting and cake tasting with your friends and family like you planned, you can still use this time to do research online. Check out venues virtually, compare prices, consider DIY projects, and make a vision board. Using this time to plan will keep you and your partner from getting overwhelmed once social distancing is no longer necessary.
  3. Wait on scheduling your event. Realistically, we don’t know how long the COVID-19 crisis will last. It may be 18 months or longer. That said, while researching venues, make sure that you don’t book your event yet. Booking your event and then planning everything around that date will only leave you disappointed when the venue closes for the rest of the year.
  4. Interview potential members of your wedding team. While you’re assembling your wedding team, you’ll go through a lot of different vendors and entrepreneurs in an effort to find the right one for you. Fortunately, you can use tools like Skype, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime to interview photographers, videographers, live bands, DJs, and more.
  5. Interview transportation companies. Speaking of interviewing vendors, now is also a great time to consider what kind of transportation options you and your partner are looking for. If you want a classic limo for your wedding, there are more than 130,000 limousines in service across the country. If you’re looking for something more casual, consider renting a VW bus camper. Interview different companies to find the right option for your grand drive-away.

It’s perfectly okay to be sad about postponing your wedding. What you and your partner are feeling is totally valid. But don’t let those feelings of disappointment keep you disappointed. You’ll be able to celebrate soon enough and you can use this time to plan ahead instead.