According to a recent survey, 71% of couples had to postpone their weddings due to Covid-19. Yet as lockdown restrictions continue to ease, wedding planning is officially back on the menu once again.
Many couples however aren’t feeling the same buzz when planning their weddings a second time around. Whether you have just a few tasks to tick off or are having to start from scratch, resuming planning after your wedding’s been postponed is hard.
You may be feeling anxious due to continuing uncertainty or eager to ‘get it over with’ just so you can finally get married. As your original wedding date approaches these feelings can become more intense.
Many brides and grooms are choosing to turn this negative into a positive by marking their original wedding date in the most magical, romantic and fun ways. Don’t let the pandemic get the better of you or quash your wedding vibe, get creative with these alternative wedding celebrations.
Stage a virtual wedding
With guest lists still restricted at weddings, parties and other events, marking your original wedding date the traditional way – with a good, old knees-up – may not be possible at this time. Use technology to your advantage by staging a virtual wedding from your home or garden.
Exchange fun wedding vows, feed each other cake and dine on a wedding breakfast of your favourite takeaway to keep your makeshift, alternative wedding playful and lighthearted. It’ll be the perfect respite from wedding planning.
Each and every one of your would-be wedding guests can play a big role in your virtual celebration as Hitched details:
“In fact, you could get a whole host of wedding party members involved. Why not ask your Maid of Honour to upload old photos of you and your spouse-to-be? Or share a poem or wedding reading to the Facebook page? Little ones such as nieces and nephews could still wear special outfits and messages from them can be recorded and added to the group for a super-cute touch.”
Cook an epic meal
One of the most memorable parts of the day – apart from the whole getting married bit – is the wedding breakfast. As well as the toasts you and your loved ones will make, the food you eat is a biggie and is likely to have been the subject of much thought during the original wedding planning process.
With this in mind, it seems fitting to mark your original wedding date with an epic meal. Get creative with your at-home wedding breakfast and enjoy the fruits of your labour together.
You could even finish your wedding meal off with a slice or two of wedding cake. If you don’t fancy making your own, head to your local bakery or grab a celebration cake from the supermarket shelves.
Go wedding crazy…
If you’re planning wedding take two, dedicating your original wedding date to all things wedding may seem like a fitting choice. But don’t get the wedding planning spreadsheet out just yet!
Keep things fun and playful by practising your first dance, enjoying a wedding movie night or writing your wedding day letters to one another. You could even gift your soon-to-be husband or wife with a wedding present to make the day extra special.
…or take a much-needed break
Avoiding all wedding planning on a day when you should have been getting married is another tack taken by engaged couples who have had their original wedding postponed.
Indulge in some one-on-one time, pamper yourself silly and work on your wellbeing. It’ll leave you better prepared to resume wedding planning together.