Updated: May 27, 2020
My heart truly goes out to all those couples who have had to put their wedding day plans on hold. Especially if you've been waiting years for your special day. But don't worry, your time will come, in the meantime here are nine ways you can celebrate your original wedding date to mark the occasion.
Get Dressed Up
It doesn't have to be your wedding dress/suit unless you want to - but dress up nice. We're all used to sitting around in slacks at the moment, so make an effort for each other and don some fancy clothes, even if you're just ordering in your favourite takeaway.
Bake an "Un-Wedding" cake together You can still cut your cake together. Well, a cake anyway. There is never a bad excuse to bake, so get that mixing bowl out and get messy - yes, you may lick the spoon.
Get crafting. Make your own wedding stationery and favours. Confetti has some great project ideas for the more artsy and creative amongst you. Having handmade items for your big day will make it all the more unique and special.
Have a Zoom Reception
Make a zoom call to your friends and relatives that you would have been spending the day with. Ask them to share their idea of what they think your wedding day would have been like. Do a quiz, or have a game of Mr & Mrs to keep the laughs flowing as hard as the wine would have been.
Write A Love Letter
This is the day you'd been expecting to recite your wedding vows. You will probably still want to save those for your big day, but why not instead write each other a love letter or poem. Tell your partner how much they mean to you, and how you can't wait to finally share the best day of your lives with them.
Dance Your First Dance
Create a playlist of songs you'd planned on having played during your wedding day, and have it on throughout the day. When that special song comes on, practice your first dance and share that tender moment together.
Pop Open The Bubbles
You likely have a good deal of time to replenish the stock of bubbles/wine you've been saving up for your big day. So treat yourself, pop it open and worry about replacing it further down the line.
Go To The Theatre
Not a real theatre, obviously. But check out the offerings from the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The National Theatre, among others streaming their productions online for people to watch during the lockdown. Make a night of it - and no need to queue for the toilet in the interval.
Make a funny Non-Wedding Video/Photoshoot
This couple absolutely nailed their "non-wedding" day. Get creative. Be silly. And don't forget to share it to social media - there's only so many Netflix episodes for us wedding photographers to catch up on in all this downtime. We need entertaining.
Whatever you choose to do, make it unique to you. I'd love to hear all about what you are getting up to, so get in touch via the usual channels. And if you find that your original photographer is not available for your new date, please reach out to me to see if I can help