Brides and grooms are making the tough choice to postpone their wedding. Not only does postponing your wedding mean waiting even longer to marry the love of your life, but it also means saying goodbye to a date you’ve looked forward to for so long. However, even if you are tying the knot later than anticipated, you can still celebrate that meaningful day.
Find a special way(s) to mark the occasion and celebrate what would have been—and, eventually, will be. There are creative ways to celebrate your original wedding date, even if you do (sadly) have to postpone the big day until later. I am dealing with this with couples right now. I believe the most important thing for anybody is taking time to honor your feelings on that day. Then, move forward with a way that can help you celebrate, feel loved, and create something joyful.
The best piece of advice I can give you is to remember you’re not alone in this and you will get married with a glorious celebration at a later date.
Below, are 8 ways to mark the occasion
Order (and Eat!) Your Wedding Cake
Remember that five-tier lemon cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream you’ve been patiently waiting to enjoy for months now? Don’t wait until your new wedding date to satisfy your craving! Order a cake to be delivered in the same flavor of your real wedding cake.
Exchange Love Letters
Celebrate your partnership by exchanging love letters on your original date. “That’s such a way to bring about some of the emotional feelings that you feel about your partner that are going to keep you happy and excited,” says Pinney. But don’t worry, doing so won’t spoil your vows. We like to think of this as great practice for the big day instead!
Organize a Car Parade
Even if you can’t invite your loved ones into your home, you can still celebrate with them in-person and maintain a safe distance. Enter, a car parade. To execute this idea, simply ask your guests to drive by your home at a specific time to send well wishes while you and your fiancé sit on the front step and wave at everyone as they drive past.
Pose for Photos
Posing inside/outside your home is a great way to capture a moment in time—and an excuse to get a little dressed up! Post your selfies on social media. When your wedding date does roll around, display some of your favorite selfie shots at your reception to dress up the décor.
Plan Your Honeymoon
Since your wedding was put on hold, your honeymoon, subsequently, is most likely on pause now, too. But, that shouldn’t stop you from daydreaming about the vacation! Use your original wedding day to research different restaurants, landmarks, and excursions that your destination has to offer. Planning doesn’t have to stop because the wedding is postponed (another post coming on this).
Mix Your Signature Cocktail
Planning to serve a signature cocktail on your big day? Why wait until the actual wedding to sip on the libation? Teach yourself how to mix the creation at home and plan a happy hour—for just the two of you—with the cocktail as your drink of choice.
Once your homemade signature cocktail is perfected, share the recipe with some of your nearest and dearest for a virtual happy hour. Send everyone the signature cocktail recipe ahead of time to make beforehand and have a virtual little get together with everybody on that day.
Reminisce on Your Years Together
Marking the date so it doesn’t go by without some sort of significance is important for couples. Go visit the place where you first met, walk by the restaurant where you had your first day, or stand at the spot where your partner popped the question. There’s no time like the present to reflect on your relationship.