Couples all over the world right now, are edging nearer to their postponed wedding day or have even had to cancel due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus. To you, your families, friends and even our industry friends who were committed to making your wedding day one to remember, my heart goes out to you all.
With years of planning for some, money saved and time spent, the feeling of disappointment and devastation is real. Hopefully, the majority of you will now have thought about how your big day can go ahead, some may be holding on to the last piece of hope and others have come up with a Plan B or well on their way to your wedding being re-scheduled;
So, with this in mind and it’s certainly on the mind of brides and grooms everywhere, what can you do to feel better, on what would have been your wedding day? Well, I just happen to have some ideas for you…
1. RE-WATCH THE FIRST FILM YOU WATCHED TOGETHER
Remember that feeling? Curling up with your partner and getting all romantic… That first film will bring back some wonderful memories by watching it together again – whether it was The Notebook or Rocky – it will remind you of the things you have in common and remind you of why you are getting married. Don’t forget the popcorn!
2. RE-CREATE YOUR FIRST-DATE
If you can, why not re-create your first date. Talk about where it was, how you felt before, during and after the date. Buy the food that you had – chat about the good times early on in your relationship, and reminisce over old photographs.
3. HOST A VIRTUAL ALTERNATIVE WEDDING WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Get in touch with your loved ones and host a Zoom party with the people you would have spent your wedding with; have breakfast together, drink some champagne and talk about the good times. You could even theme your virtual wedding and have a bit of fun in the meantime!
If you wanted to go a step further, you could find a wedding celebrant to offer a virtual wedding, conduct your ceremony and read your vows.
4. DANCE TO YOUR FIRST DANCE SONG
You chose your first dance song for a reason, the words, the meaning, the melody so why not listen to it, embrace the moment and even practise your first dance for when the big day arrives.
5. READ YOUR VOWS TO EACH OTHER
If you have already written your vows, you could take a special moment in the day to read your vows to one another. If you hadn’t prepared your own, you could write down some special words to say, why you love him/her, why you are looking forward to marrying them. You could even write them down on post-it notes and leave them places for your other half to find.
6. CREATE YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST
Try to create your postponed wedding day meals, breakfast, wedding breakfast and evening reception food, nothing cheers us up more than comfort eating and what better day to do it! Okay, so it may not be hotel standard but you’ll have loads of fun and who doesn’t love a classic buffet tea – lay out all that food and tuck in. Then you just have to decide who is going to wash up!
7. ASK YOUR BEST MAN/WOMAN TO RECORD A SPEECH
Have a little fun with this one by setting them the task of cheering you up by writing an alternative speech and making you laugh. You could even send them questions or a quiz to help them prepare, or to see how much they actually do know about you.
8. MAKE A TOAST
Toast each other; tell each other all the things you love about one another; toast your friends and family, even though they’re not with you. The most important thing is to say exactly how you feel OR do an alternative toast: say all the inappropriate things that you would want to say on the day, but they’re not for everyone’s ears.
9. EAT CAKE
Cut a cake. Any cake you like because, it is a proven fact that, cake makes everything better.
10. DRINK, PARTY AND HAVE FUN
Drink, sing, dance, laugh and party like there’s no tomorrow! What could be simpler? Most of all have some quality fun moments, whatever they may be!