Looking for some great ways to celebrate original wedding date now that you’ve had to postpone or cancel?
While you may not be able to go ahead with your epic 200-guest affair, you can still honor the day in style.
Below, we’ll take a look at options for downsizing your day if you still want to proceed or commemorating it if you decide to hold off.
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How to Celebrate Your Original Wedding Date
Although many states are moving towards reopening in some capacity, large gatherings remain forbidden for the forseeable future.
Unless you want to convert to an elopement, chances are your big day is going to come with monumental changes.
Some of you may even consider cancelling entirely for now.
The thought of watching your wedding date come and pass by can be incredibly heartbreaking.
Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t be upset about this.
It’s totally okay to be sad about losing your initial date.
This is something that nobody could have predicted, and couples before and after you, won’t know what this feels like.
It’s not easy, and it totally isn’t fair.
Don’t worry, though – you can still celebrate in your own little way.
Here are some ideas on how you can still celebrate that original wedding date – something that will always have a special place in your heart.
1. Have a minimony
Yep, you’ve likely guessed what this is – it’s a mini version of your ceremony, and it can range from a beautiful backyard wedding to a drive-thru chapel affair.
Heck, you can even do a movie drive in wedding!
Some more good news; “micro weddings” aka those with five to ten guests, may be allowed from the 1st of June.
Your minimony can be the real deal, complete with the legal side – making you an actual married couple.
Then, when everything is back to normal, you can have a sequel with all the guests you wish could have been there.
Alternatively, you could just have a mini ceremony, which is a little taster into what the real deal will be.
With both of these, wedding outfits should be worn, the wedding cake should be eaten, and vows should be recited.
Don’t forget about your first dance, too.
2. Give gifts
While you may not have been blessed with the gift of marriage, you can still give your other half a lovely surprise.
Many couples who are set to be married, do give a little something to their future spouse on the big day.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be that present, but you can still give them something.
Honestly, anybody would be happy with a game console or a stack of great books.
We need to stay sane during the lockdown, somehow.
3. Have a wedding meal
It’s likely that you had planned some extravagant, professionally-made meal for your wedding.
The thought of not treating your taste buds to that delight? Heartbreaking.
Obviously, I don’t (and nobody else) expects you to cook up that kind of masterpiece, but you could try cooking up a storm.
Do this with your partner, if you can, and have a bit of fun.
Try new recipes, or try to emulate your would-have-been menu. Don’t waste all your precious lockdown supplies, though.
Honestly, keeping your mind busy during this day is SUPER important. It would be easy (and understandable) to spend the day moping around.
Try to stay positive, learn some new cooking skills, and enjoy your lovely wedding meal.
4. Virtual party with your friends
Of course, if you’re opting for a mini ceremony or a stand-in one, you could virtually include your friends.
Just about all weddings are surprisingly easy to convert to a livestreamed virtual wedding via Skype, Zoom, or even Facebook.
You could also opt for a fun little virtual party, filled with cocktails, food, music, and laughter.
There’s no reason why you couldn’t include your friends and family in on your special would-be day.
Toast to your wedding, discuss your future plans and anticipate all the fun you’ll have when you can reunite again.
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5. Pampering Spa Night In
Chances are, you’ve been fretting about this day for a long time.
It’s time to take a day off from wedding planning, pandemic talks, and organizing. Put your feet up, relax, and pamper yourself.
Have a spa night in, and let the weight of the world get off your shoulders. You deserve it.
P.S you could just have a fabulous wedding movie night in, with a great takeout.
A little bit of normality would be good for your soul.
6. Give wedding day letters to each other
Many soon-to-be-married couples write to each other a heartfelt letter.
These are often presented to each other on the morning of the wedding, and held as a keepsake.
There’s no reason why you still can’t do this. It’ll be interesting and nostalgic to look back on in years to come.
7. Make the most of technology
I know, some engaged couples aren’t able to spend their would-be date together.
This is objectively tough and can make all emotions feel heightened.
My one suggestion is to benefit from technology – something which we are immensely lucky to have right now.
Take the time to plan a virtual date, toast to your relationship, and play a collaborative playlist.
During this time, emotions will run high – that’s totally normal and expected. It’s a distressing situation, that nobody could really prepare for, or even expect.
My main advice is to talk it out, don’t bottle it all up. Celebrate your original wedding date anyway, look forward to your new date, and stay safe.
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I’m a freelance journalist/writer/content marketer with BA Hons in Journalism.