Have a Commitment Ceremony-Although it might not be legal, a commitment ceremony can signify your wedding date without the formal ceremony. Celebrate with just you and your partner or invite just a few extra guests. You could get dressed up and recite your vows, dance to your wedding song, exchange gifts, or even light your unity candle.
Have a mini Ceremony-This one is legal and is something many couples are opting for during the pandemic. Hold the ceremony which can include an officiant and whatever the total number of people that your state guidelines are allowing, just don't forget to follow social distancing. Many elements of your original wedding plans can be used in this ceremony just in a much smaller version. Then, when you can finally gather with friends and family again, throw the party or reception you originally envisioned—and bonus, you'll already be married when you do! Don't forget to send your guests a Change the Date card!
Have your cake and eat it too-So many bakeries would love your business right now! Support your local shop during these tough times by ordering a smaller version of your wedding cake to enjoy on what was supposed to be your wedding day. Don't forget to order the cake in the same flavor of your wedding cake and indulge!
Host Virtual Drinks with Your Wedding Party-Share the recipe for your signature drink with your wedding party, family, and friends, send out a Zoom link, and plan a Virtual happy hour. Make sure everyone comes prepared with a toast (or two) to keep things fun.
Have a Date Night In-Support local businesses by ordering your favorite takeout and planning a date night on your original wedding date. Make it extra special by popping a bottle of your favorite champagne. While you might not have envisioned celebrating your wedding with takeout it'll create a special memory you'll never forget.
Indulge in a movie marathon- Snuggle up on the couch to watch some upbeat wedding-themed movies. Father of the Bride, Wedding Crashers, The Wedding Singer, and Bridesmaids are just a few classics. While there really is no movie to describe this crazy 2020 wedding season we are having, sometimes a good laugh is all you need to have a new perspective.
Treat Each Other To A Pre-Wedding Gift – You were probably thinking about buying each other a little something for your wedding day, so why not agree to treat this like a special occasion it is and get each other a little gift for this day also. The coronavirus pandemic is one for the history books, and planning a wedding during it is no joke, so try for a COVID keepsake that will help you remember these crazy times.
Remember, although your wedding plans may not have turned out the way you imagined, you can still have the wedding of your dreams eventually and it will be beautiful. The silver lining? You can celebrate two anniversaries each year!