As wedding season approaches, many couples who have chosen to postpone their wedding are finding themselves in a strange place. If you’re one of these couples, until COVID-19, your wedding date likely had so much significance. It was the date you were counting down the days until, it was the date in many emails and on stationary and perhaps you even chose it because of sentimental value. Yes, love isn’t cancelled, but if your wedding date was, there may still be a little sting when the date approaches. The majority of my clients were planning their celebration in the months of June – September, and now that June has arrived, I wanted to share something I’ve been putting together for the last few weeks. Many couples have decided to postpone for an entire year, and that additional time may feel discouraging and your excitement may feel like it’s lacking a little. I hope that you’ve been able to move forward and get excited about a new plan, but I believe that you should still celebrate your original wedding date too!
Here are some of my ideas on how to celebrate on your original wedding date if eloping/having a smaller ceremony is not for you! They range from small and simple, to more extravagant, and I hope that no matter what your feelings are about your original date, you’ll be able to celebrate the love that you and your fiancé share.
Don’t wait another year to read vows to one another
Take the time to share your promises to each other and reflect on your love for your partner. Maybe you’ll reread these on your new date, or maybe you’ll want to add to them before your new ceremony. I believe that we begin to make promises to our partners way before getting married, Sean and I have a collection of love notes that I love to read every now and then. Speaking of which – if hand-written vows don’t sound like the right idea, what about a sweet love note to one another? Check out these vow booklets from Art & Alexander and Debbie Wong Design
Book a romantic stay nearby or take a mini getaway
One of my couples decided to take a weekend trip to the mountains for a change of scenery and a romantic couple of days together. I love this idea – it encourages you to get out of the routine of every day life and to make things special. Many beautiful hotels and resorts around the province are open and happy to welcome guests back to enjoy their properties safely. Some of my favourites are Baker Creek Resort and Fairmont Banff Springs. I also love the idea of a sweet picnic together full of your favorite things, at home or out of town!
Celebrate with a photoshoot
I have to say, this is my favorite idea! I personally am offering something special for all of my postponed 2020 couples on or before their original wedding date to thank them for their continued support, and give them something to look forward to! There are so many fun options for this, such as getting dressed in your wedding attire, finding a cute “elopement” style outfit, popping a bottle of champagne, ordering a bouquet, celebrating with confetti or using the session to announce your new date! Maybe you want to have the session at your wedding venue, or maybe at your favorite park in the city. Maybe you’d like to include your beloved dog, or read your vows to one another during the shoot. The possibilities are endless, and I am so excited to plan these with my couples! Looking for a cute “bridal” outfit? Check out BHLDN and Adorn Boutique! I was also SO inspired by Alyssa (of Pearl & Dot Boutique)’s photoshoot with her fiancé – check out the post and check out these adorable sunglasses!
Involve friends and family
I love the idea of still getting together to celebrate your relationship and your original date with loved ones (virtually or in person) as long as it’s done safely. Consider hosting a virtual games night, zoom party, or even getting a few people together outdoors at a park or in your backyard! People are getting so creative with socially distanced elopements, and the possibilities for a pre-wedding/original date celebratory gathering are endless!
- Surprise your fiancé with something personal
Every couple is different, and if nothing suggested has felt quite right, I would encourage you to consider what would bring your fiancé joy on a day that might bring some negative emotions. Maybe something as simple as a letter and flowers would brighten their spirits of a bride who is mourning the loss of the wedding day she envisioned. Maybe a groom who loves the outdoors would be thrilled with a hike on his original wedding date, followed by a cold beer and his favorite meal afterwards. We all work through tough situations differently and have different needs. I truly hope you take time to celebrate your love for one another during this time! It doesn’t really matter if it’s on your original wedding date, or another date, as long as you remember what is most important – your relationship.
Plan a date night with a fun, celebratory feel
I feel like postponed wedding or not, we all could use some happy, party vibes in our life! I envision popping champagne, sharing your first dance in the living room, a sweet table set up and takeout… the list goes on! Here are some adorable champagne glasses from Crate & Barrel and H&M. One of my favorite ideas is ordering a wedding cake & practicing your cake cutting skills together (and cake eating skills… obviously!) Some of my favorite bake shops are Pretty Sweet Co, Bake My Day and Whippt! How about you create your signature cocktails for your wedding day, and test them together (of course)! If your wedding venue is a restaurant, consider ordering take out or dining in for a special meal to celebrate! If you really want to go all out, why not set up a beautiful sweetheart table with your wedding style (check out Modern Rentals), order in dinner, and play some of your favorite music that you plan to enjoy at your wedding? Flower Artistry is also offering beautiful arrangements, because everyone loves flowers to celebrate special days. See below for some intimate tablescape inspiration!
I would love to hear about your plans for your original wedding date! Feel free to leave a comment below or you can email me anytime. I hope this post was encouraging to those who have postponed their wedding dates, and gave you some fun ideas on how to still celebrate together!