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Celebrating what would have been your wedding day

The outbreak of a global pandemic has thrown everyone’s lives upside down. One of the most upsetting decisions you may have faced in the wake of lockdown is having to postpone your wedding day. My heart goes out to you all if you’ve had to postpone. It’s a tough decision to make, but please remember one thing – you will still marry your true love, it’ll just happen a little later.

As your original date approaches there’s likely to be many mixed emotions, not least wondering what you are going to do on that day now. My biggest piece of advice? Don’t let it pass without acknowledgement and be kind to yourself. Wedding days are emotional at the best of times so if you feel a little teary that’s ok, just don’t let it take over your entire day. Oh, and forget about all the things you ‘should’ be doing (so that’s a big fat no to housework or other chores) – this day is about you!

Here’s a few ideas of how you can mark what would have been your wedding day…

Breakfast in bed

A bit of forward planning for this one will make sure you can have a luxurious breakfast feast at your leisure. Think pastries, muffins, eggs and bacon all washed down with your favourite coffee and perhaps some bubbles. It is your wedding day after all!

Go for your daily walk

Ok, hear me out on this one. Yes, I know it’s one of the few things we can all do right now. But how about making it special and go out together on your favourite route. Talk about the great things that make your relationship, how amazing it’ll feel to see everyone again, what you’d like to do once this is over and of course how fab your wedding will be when it arrives.

Fix up, look sharp!

Instead of lounging around in pjs or joggers (yep, we’re all doing it at the moment), do your hair and make-up and get dressed up in a special outfit – it’s amazing how good this makes you feel!

A table for two

Plan a dinner date and make it special. Sit at the table instead of on the sofa, light some candles, get in an indulgent takeaway or cook your favourite meal together. And don’t forget the wine, or better still prosecco!

Ain’t no party like a wedding party!

Invite your friends and family who would have been at your wedding to celebrate with you. Houseparty is the app of the moment but there’s plenty of ways to see your nearest and dearest online. Ask everyone to get dressed up, pop some bubbles and get some tunes on. Perhaps you could even arrange your own mini ceremony and share some alternative wedding vows or readings.

Let me take a selfie…

Take photos throughout your day so you can create an alternative wedding day album. You could upload them to Facebook or Instagram for anyone who can’t make your online celebrations.

Movie night

All that seem like too much effort? Keep it simple and go for a good old movie night. Get the snacks and drinks in, pick an uplifting movie and snuggle up on the sofa.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a lovely day – remember, love isn’t cancelled.

What other ways are you planning to celebrate? I’d love to hear them so please do get in touch!

Gem xx

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