updated 05/05/2014 AT 2:50 PM ET
•originally published 05/05/2014 AT 3:45 PM ET
Brides have all sorts of things to worry about while planning their big day, but political strife is typically not one of them.
“Everything that’s happening in Ukraine definitely put a hold on things. But we have time,” the actress, 24, tells Parade magazine.
Panettiere and her husband-to-be are closely tied to the events in Ukraine – Klitschko’s brother Vitali sits on the Ukrainian Parliament and is one of the leaders of the democratic reform movement. Panettiere even traveled to Ukraine last December to speak to protesters.
“It s a beautiful country with beautiful people and a culture that I love,” the Nashville star has said.