The Knot Official Guidebook for COVID-19 Wedding Help

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Last Updated: May 27, 2020

As couples globally are facing the COVID-19 pandemic, taking the right actions and navigating this ever-evolving scenario is proving to be challenging for many. Like you, here at The Knot, our teams are making daily decisions through the lens of how to best keep our couples, employees and partners safe and healthy. We're here for you through the ups and downs of planning your wedding during the coronavirus pandemic, and we'll continue to update our guide on all things related to weddings and COVID-19 as new information is available from the CDC and WHO, as well as from experts within the wedding industry.

Remember you’re not alone right now. A million weddings have been postponed through August 2020, and we know it’s a challenging time for so many couples impacted by this pandemic. 

We want to be here for you every step of the way. In addition to the resources below, The Knot has opened up a dedicated hotline to answer any and all questions about planning and weddings during coronavirus that you may have. We can be reached at (833) 998-2865 or [email protected]

How to Get Started

If you’re just starting to plan or you’re now in the phase of having to postpone your wedding, start with the pieces below for a foundational overview of COVID-19’s possible impact on your big day.

>> The Future of Weddings After COVID

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, group gatherings should be restricted to less than 50 persons, while federal guidelines propose no more than 10. What does this all mean for weddings during coronavirus, or after quarantine?

>> How to Postpone Your Wedding Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

A piece on all the necessary steps to take when postponing your wedding due to the coronavirus.

>> Shifting Your Wedding Timeline Due to Coronavirus

For couples with wedding dates in 2020, we did the math for you. Here's exactly what to do if you'd planned to get married in May, June and beyond.

>> Planning a Wedding While Social Distancing

How to tackle dress shopping, vendor relationships, and more amid coronavirus. The good news? You can actually get a lot done.

>> Your Wedding and Coronavirus FAQs, Answered

Got a question about how to navigate through all the news and noise? Check out our expert-sourced answers to all your queries here, which we're updating regularly.

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For Couples Planning Their Weddings

If you’re currently in the throes of wedding planning, here are the necessary conversations and considerations to explore in this ever-changing landscape. Whether it’s related to email etiquette for guests and vendors, key dates to avoid as you’re narrowing down a venue or even, the psychology of how to navigate this emotionally-strenuous time, the editors have interviewed experts to relay key details over to you.

>> Coronavirus and Wedding Insurance 101

We spoke to the experts to determine which kinds of coverage are most helpful right now.

>> Email Templates to Use If COVID-19 Pushed Back Your Wedding

Email etiquette is the last stresser you need right now. To help, we've written out a set of templates so all you have to do is legit copy and paste. (And hit “send” of course.)

>> The Event Everyone's Throwing Before Their Postponed Wedding

Enter the Minimony. Here's how to host your own, and everything else you need to know.

>> Just Engaged? Here's How to Start Planning Virtually

Trust us, there's still plenty that can be accomplished at home and via video chat. But first, take a moment to bask in that newly-engaged glow.

>> Speaking of Getting Engaged, Here's Why It's OK to Celebrate Right Now

Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you and your families, so you shouldn't feel guilty about celebrating your engagement and future wedding, even amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how to do so accordingly.

>> Transitioning Your Wedding Colors to a Different Season

If you want to adjust your palette to align with certain times of year, there are ways to do that.

>> How to Manage Your Registry Once You Postpone

Asking for wedding gifts might feel a bit strange right now, but trust us—you're not alone. We're answering all those tricky registry-related FAQs.

>> What Wedding Planners Are Telling Couples to Do

We tapped top planners and vendors to find out exactly what they’re currently advising couples to do with their weddings and coronavirus. 

>> Everything to Know About "Change-the-Date" Cards

Postponed weddings during coronavirus have resulted in a new type of announcement: meet the change-the-date, a more flexible sibling of the save-the-date.

>> Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

You've made the tough decision to postpone, but to when exactly? Here's a handy cheat sheet of holidays and other dates to be mindful of in the coming years.

>> It's OK to Be Sad About Having to Postpone Your Wedding

Know that what you and your partner are feeling is valid, and your feelings shouldn't be discounted. It's best to face those feelings head on, so here's how to do that.

>> What Is a "Homeymoon"?

A honeymoon at home, of course! Here are our favorite ideas and top tips for pulling it off—no passport required.

>> Here’s Why You Should Consider a Weekday Wedding

Thursday, Friday and Sunday weddings are rising in popularity among 2020 couples. But did you know? Mondays are here for you too.

>> Virtual Weddings Are Now Legal in Some Locations

While weddings during coronavirus are at a standstill, minimonies and marriages are still happening. States are signing executive orders to permit the legality of virtual ceremonies, and also making it possible to obtain a marriage license online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

>> What's a Commitment Ceremony and Why It Matters Now

To-be-weds are still committing to each other, promising to patiently endure this time together until their larger wedding ceremony down the line. (We call this "minimony" followed by a sequel wedding.)

>> My Instagram Feed Is Making Me Hate the Wedding I Planned

It feels like we're on our phones now more than ever, which makes it pretty easy to obsessively scroll through flawless wedding photos and feel all kinds of envy as a result. Avoid the spiral — here's how.

Attire & Beauty Help

Even while home, the shopping hasn't stopped for some. With local bridal salons and businesses of all types evolving to digital experiences, your dress and other at-home styling tips are simply a click away. The same applies to beauty advice too. Now is the best time to work on upkeep without considering drastic transformations. Leave that to the pros.

>> How Wedding Dress Shopping Will Change Due to COVID-19

Bridal salons are bracing for a new normal — here's what to expect.

>> Bridal Salons Answer the Top COVID-Related Dress Concerns

Have questions about your wedding gown and shopping amid COVID-19? Thanks to bridal boutiques, we've got all the answers for you.

>> Wedding Dress Shopping is Possible During Quarantine

TLDR? Bridal salons have got your back. From virtual appointments to at-home try-on options, boutiques are making dress shopping possible and personalized in the time of coronavirus.

>> The Proper Way to Store Your Dress Right Now

Spoiler alert: not in plastic.

>> At-Home Beauty Mistakes You Want to Avoid Right Now

Professional hair and makeup artists tell us exactly what not to DIY while we're all stuck at home away from our salon and beauty experts.

>> How to Do Your Hair and Makeup for Your Virtual Wedding Events

Get yourselves computer-camera ready for your virtual bridal shower or minimony with this advice straight from the pros.  


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For The Wedding Guests

With hundreds of thousands of weddings impacted by the coronavirus, tens of millions of wedding guests are likely asking very similar questions about next steps. Our editors outline what to say, what not to say and how to address even the most commonplace (though head-scratching) questions like registry etiquette if a wedding was postponed.

>> Things Not to Say to Someone Who Just Postponed Their Wedding

As a friend or family member, the most important thing you can do is show support.

>> 18 Wedding Gift Ideas for Couples Who Postponed Their Nuptials

If your friend or family member had their wedding impacted by COVID, show them your support with a gift that says you're thinking of them.

>> I'm Supposed to Attend a Wedding. What Do I Do Now?

Couples themselves are having to scramble and make new plans amid the pandemic, so what's a wedding guest to do? Here, a handy etiquette guide for those guests who have a wedding on their calendar in the coming months.

>> Gift Giving Etiquette for Postponed Weddings

Where do wedding gifts fall in all of this? We know there are a ton of questions surrounding gift and registry etiquette — here, we dig into the answers.

>> How to Be a Good Friend to Someone Whose Wedding Was Impacted by the Coronavirus

While hugs and coffee dates might be off limits due to social distancing, being there for a friend isn't. Here's how to show some kindness to those people in your life who are dealing with the stress of postponing their big day.

>> How to Throw a Virtual Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Party

If social distancing has thrown a wrench in your pre-wedding event plans, here's how to still make the to-be-wed in your life feel celebrated. Plus, our favorite virtual bachelorette party and bridal shower games (that are actually fun).

For You and Your Relationship

We have data, we have tips, and we have what you need to power through stay-at-home measures during COVID-19. The editors spoke to numerous therapists for how to strengthen the foundation of your future marriage during this challenging and unprecedented time. Plus, we even came out with a study outlining the main issues couples are facing right now. (It might sound familiar to you.)

>> How to Keep the Spark Alive When You're With Your S.O. All Day

Quarantining together isn't exactly easy on the romance.

>> The Challenges Couples Are Facing During COVID-19

People are actually feeling stronger in their relationships as a result of social distancing and spending more time together, according to data from The Knot x Lasting State of Relationships Report, but that doesn't mean this time is without struggles. Here's what couples are going through, and how to work through those common issues.

>> 12 Ways to Celebrate Your Original Wedding Date If You've Postponed

It's time to #takebackthedate in the time of weddings and coronavirus. Here are our favorite ideas for making the day feel special.

>> Small Things You Can Do to Make Your Partner Feel Special

Show your S.O. how much your appreciate them during this trying time.

>> 14 Quarantine Couple Activities You Haven't Thought Of

Netflix and chill is great and all, but sometimes you've got to spice things up. (Luxury spa night, hello!)

>> Our Favorite Self-Care Products for Couples to Help You Both Unwind

If you're looking for permission to do a little #treatyoself splurge, this is it.

>> The Brands Stepping Up for Couples in Response to COVID-19

From discounts, clever services, and even freebies, these are the companies who are really nailing it when it comes to providing relief and spreading a little joy. 

>> 12 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Relationship While Social Distancing

The Shelter-in-Place and Stay-at-Home guidances are putting many couples in closer proximity than normal, which could have an impact on your relationship. 

>> Celebrity Couples Reveal Their Favorite Date Night at Home Ideas

From Will and Kate to J.Lo and A-Rod, here's how our favorite celebrity duos are keeping the romance alive amid social distancing. Keep these in mind to help inspire your own date night at

>> Relatable Tweets About Social Distancing With Your Partner

"Turns out that my husband knew how to clean thoroughly this whole time."

>> 23 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Quarantining Together

Social distancing guidelines are in full effect, which means your patience with your S.O.'s crazy loud typing is likely at an all-time low.

>> Dating Curing COVID-19 May Lead to Stronger Relationships

There's no better time to start swiping than during the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts.

Additional Stories, Resources & More

If you’re in a position where you can help others, here are a few resources for how to help your local vendors, small businesses and beyond. In turn, the wedding industry has been just as diligent about helping local communities. Read these heartwarming tales about how vendors are pivoting production to help the masses, along with stories from real couples who’ve postponed and gone on to appreciate their relationship even more. 

>> Your Wedding Vendors Are Small Businesses — Here's How to Support Them 

First things first: Postpone and plan for the future, don't cancel. 

>> How Vendors Are Helping Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

From dress designers and bridal salons shifting to mask production, to venues providing shelter for healthcare professionals, our wedding vendor community is truly an inspiration.

>> 7 Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Wedding Vendors

Your wedding pros are always deserving of a little TLC, but especially now during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are our favorite ways to show your vendors some love.

>> The Shows and Movies to Binge-Watch While Wedding Planning

Pop the popcorn and grab your sweats — you've got a very important date with the couch.

>> Real Couples Share Their Own Wedding Postponement Stories

The overarching sentiment we've heard from couples is one of gratitude—for flexible vendors, for supportive family and friends, and for their health and each other.

>> The Couples Who Are Getting Engaged During COVID-19

These coronavirus engagement stories are giving us all the feels.

>> The People Marrying Amid Social Distancing

Love is not canceled! Couples around the country are finding creative ways to say "I do" in spite of the pandemic, proving that love will truly always find a way.

>> Celebrities Are Also Postponing Their Weddings Due to the Coronavirus

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have never felt more relatable.

>> Wedding Photographer’s Virtual Engagement Sessions Go Viral

This wedding pro came up with a sweet way to capture love while still following social distancing regulations.

>> Neighbors Start a Social Distancing Movement With Their Wedding Dresses

We fully support this.

>> What These Guests Did for a Couple's Would-Be Wedding Day Is Amazing

We can't stop watching this video. Talk about model guests in the time of weddings and coronavirus.

>>Doctors Get Married in Hospital on What Would've Been Their Wedding Day

It was a 15-minute commitment ceremony, complete with a bouquet of paper flowers, a lined hospital hallway as an aisle, and a full guest list via Zoom.


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