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Here's how to celebrate your original wedding date...

By guest writer, Nina Beer from Occasion Queens

So many couples have had to postpone their wedding and many will be unable to properly celebrate the date their original wedding was meant to be. BUT we don't see why you shouldn't still do something special!

Here are our top ten ways to make your original wedding date a day to remember forever!!

1 - Put a ring on it! There is no reason why you can't start wearing your wedding ring. You may want to wait until the new date but if they are engraved with the date, put them on! Enjoy wearing them on the date they were meant for and you can always take them off again the next day

2 - Zoom it! Create a massive Zoom party where you can have your ceremony, your party and a good old catch up with everyone who was meant to be there. It will be a great way for people to 'meet', get some much needed laughter - why not ask your dad to do a small toast to the happy couple and those that have to can always practice their speeches!

We all need a party right now, just make sure everyone brings their own bottle! Also don't forget your suppliers - your celebrant, planner or co-ordinator would love to be part of it - we are invested in your wedding whether it is virtual or not!

3 - Write a love letter. You know how we are all obsessed with love letters from wartime? Well, imagine how fascinated your great grandchildren would be with love letters written during the time of Corona! Write a letter to each other on your original wedding date but keep them to open on your new date... oh my god, what a romantic way to remember this time you are going through right now. (Perhaps it could form part of your vows...okay now I'm crying ! Liz)

4 - Plant some love! Get a fruit tree or a particular flower, on your original date and watch it grow - maybe by the time of your new wedding date there might be some fruit or flowers

5 - Tik Tok your first dance! There's no reason why you still can't have your first dance, record it and put it out there for all to see. It would be good practice for when you have to do it for real!

6 - Buy a good bottle of wine or whiskey on the original date and keep it to be drunk on the new date. What a way to celebrate making it down the aisle

7 - Eat cake! Always a good idea, I know, even if the lockdown diet is taking its toll on all of us, but if there was ever a time to make or buy a really good cake, this is it!

Cut the cake, video it and share it with your loved ones, even if it is only virtually. Then sit and enjoy it with a good glass of your favourite bubbles!

8 - Get dressed up! There is no reason why you and your bridal party can't Zoom and get all dressed up in the morning, wear your dress or your suit and have a bloody good laugh! Put some music on, have some bucks fizz and croissants and make it a beautiful memory

9 - Say your wedding vows. There's a high chance that come the new wedding date a lot of us will be seeing the world very differently, especially if you have survived lockdown together! So you may feel you need or want to write new vows to reflect this

Don't let the old ones go to waste.. say them to each other, over Zoom, while putting your rings on, with your loved ones watching - after getting ready with your bridal party, before you cut the cake, toast with champagne and get the first dance underway!

10 - Finally, have a date night. Make this day a special one to remember forever

Get dressed up, set the table (that's if you can't go out), open a bottle of your favourite tipple, get a takeaway or something yum from M&S and really take the time to appreciate each other, knowing that one day in the future you will officially get to marry the one you love x

Whatever you do, whether in your PJs or your wedding clothes, your dressing gown or suit - remember this is all temporary. One day, not too far way, you WILL walk down the aisle surrounded by those you love and you WILL become husband and wife and most of all remember... love WILL always win x (

yep, still crying here, Liz)

Photographs - Eva Slusarek and Lex Fleming

Words - Nina Beer at Occasion Queens


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