With lockdown forcing many soon-to-be-weds to move their wedding day, Jack Jahan, from jewellery specialists Ramsdens Jewellery, shares some tips for celebrating the original date at home.
If you’re one of the many people who’ve had to postpone their wedding plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s understandable to feel a little disheartened as the intended date gets closer.
However, rather than thinking about what could have been, why not use the occasion as another excuse to celebrate your future as a couple? This way, not only can you turn what was once a negative into a positive, but you can start the countdown to your delayed nuptials in style.
To help you out, I’ve put together a few ideas for celebrating your postponed wedding date at home.
Host a lovely, socially-distanced garden party
Here in the UK, lockdown conditions are starting to lift, allowing us to see people we don’t live with. At the time of writing, we’re allowed to see up to six other people from different households as long as we’re socially distanced and outdoors. This is subject to change so please check the current rules.
So, why don’t you and your partner invite four others from your wedding party for a lovely garden gathering on your original date? You could host some of your bridesmaids and groomsmen or both sets of parents. It will be a nice occasion surrounded by your nearest and dearest as you all look to the future and the real day further down the road. Just remember to practice social distancing!
Exchange gifts to mark the occasion
On your intended wedding day, you would have been exchanging vows and rings, which is why it’s a great idea to reflect this sentiment while celebrating your postponed date. One way of doing this is by exchanging some symbolic gifts that signify your love for each other.
For instance, you could buy matching jewellery, such as a necklace or bracelet, engraved with your initials and the date of your original wedding. That way, you’ll always be able to remember that you supported each other through a difficult time and your love triumphed despite the challenges. .
Organise an online wedding reception
While we’ve mentioned it’s possible to have a few friends and family around for a garden party, it’s also worth think about how to mark the occasion with people further away or who aren’t in your wedding party. You could organise an online wedding reception over video chat that gives everyone a chance to celebrate a day when they would have all been together.
Remember to let everyone know if you’d like to do something special on the video call in advance, whether it’s getting some champagne in for a few toasts or asking them to dress up for the occasion. You could even create some mock wedding invites that tell them the details, time and date of how and when you would like them to log on.
Bring a taste of your honeymoon to your home
If you were all set to go on a honeymoon abroad after your wedding, it’s likely you’ve had to delay that as well. But, don’t despair, as there are still ways you can celebrate at home. For example, if one of the activities you were looking forward to doing was hitting the spa, you could order a pampering kit for couples and enjoy an afternoon of rest and relaxation at home. Or, if you were heading to a foodie destination, like Italy, Mexico, or Spain, you might want to try recreating your favourite dishes in that cooking style or even seeing if a local restaurant does a delivery.
Have a private, low-key celebration
While there are plenty of fun ways to mark your original wedding date and share it with others, it’s also completely understandable if you’d prefer a low-key celebration with just the two of you. There are plenty of ideas for making a private moment a significant one, such as reading your original vows to each other or dancing to your wedding song together without everyone watching. Whatever you decide to do, remember to choose something that you both feel comfortable with.
There’s no two ways about it, delaying your wedding day will always be a disappointing moment. But when that original date rolls around, be sure to change that negativity into positivity together and celebrate the hopeful future of your marriage.