Nothing Will Stop Us
Please note when reading this blog that we are not suggesting ever breaking the government advice on best practice around Corona Virus.
With all of the goings on recently (and are you are reading this in the future I am of course referring to the Covid 19 crisis) we are doing our best here to see the positives in this strange time. We’re not pretending that it’s easy, especially for all of our couples who have had to postpone or are unsure of the future for their 2020 wedding. Instead we wanted to share some ideas on alternatives that you can do to celebrate your wedding even if it’s spent in isolation.
The most important thing is to start with an open and creative mind-set to see the potential of your would be/could be wedding date. If you are thinking about rescheduling to a completely new date, your first port of call would be to speak to your venue to discuss your options. Try to get a list of as many potential new dates that your venue will give to you and message round your key suppliers. Bear in mind that some suppliers can do more than one wedding per day or might have a team behind them, whereas others will only be able to do one per day such as your band or photographers.
To make this easier for you, you could set up a poll on Doodle and get your suppliers to vote for all of the dates they have available. Again something to keep in mind is that your suppliers availability will be changing rapidly from one day to the next and your venue will be pushing you for a quick decision.
This now leaves a few options for you to consider:
Reschedule everything to a brand new date
Have an intimate ceremony on your original date (if legal to do so)
Run away and elope!
How to celebrate your original date in lockdown
If you are rescheduling everything to a brand new date, here are a few ways that you can still celebrate your original date whilst in isolation.
Set up a romantic date from home, this could be a candle lit dinner, a picnic in your lounge or a fire-pit in your garden toasting marshmallows. Take a few selfies and tag us with what you ended up doing!
Write your own personalised vows to each other to read as part if your ceremony on your new wedding date. Thinking about why you are getting married, your love and your promises to each other that can never be broken. Alternatively, you could sit down together and write the other person a letter to open on the morning of your new long awaited wedding day. If you are having a video, this will add a really personal & sentimental touch to tell your story.
If writing isn’t your thing, think about creating something that is meaningful to the other person for them to open on your new wedding date that signifies how you feel about each other. You could also create a mood-board to get excited about all of the positives of getting married at a different time of year and season. This could include elements like the warm tones of autumn or the cosy vibes of winter.
Write down a list of all the things that your really wanted to do but didn’t have the time of budget that now you have the opportunity to embrace. This could be taking an idea from Pinterest and getting creative now you have the time or saving up those extra pennies for those little touches.
Example of how to incorporate letters into your wedding day:
For many of you, the specific date had a lot of significance or just… 2020! Some of our couples are opting to have an intimate ceremony to get legally married on their original date (if legal to do so) and then are planning the wedding celebration for when the crisis is over.
You could chat to your photographer/videographer about ways you could document this intimate moment and share it with your guests who are unable to be there. This could be live-streaming your ceremony or having a highlight film produced to share with your loved ones and help them to feel part of the commitment that you’ve made to each other.
If you do opt to have a micro-wedding, I would strongly recommend using your photographer to capture this day. It may seem like the best option would be to save your photographer for your main wedding celebration with bigger numbers however your photographer will be able to craft a story of your intimate wedding in a way that is tangible for your other guests who couldn't be there and capture those moments that could otherwise go unnoticed. If it was the option between having them at your micro-wedding or your reception later down the line I would recommend having them for the day you actually get married as this is the one that not many people will see and it will be the one that you will hold even more dearly in your heart as it's the day you actually got married and there is nothing more special than that.
There could be a great opportunity to head to some epic locations afterwards for some couple portraits without being constrained by time or the limitations that come with a wedding day.
If your new date is in a different season and there are now things that you can’t do because of that, such as the flowers not being in bloom, then why not still have a bouquet made up for this day with the flowers you have been dreaming about. You could always dry this bunch out and hang it on the mantle piece afterwards.
Also, who’s to say you can’t have confetti!!!
Run Away and Elope
Want to do something crazy? Unexpected? And totally out there?
In Scotland you can legally get married anywhere. Yep, anywhere. You can get married at the top of a mountain or by the side of a Scottish loch. We have written a whole guide about how to elope that covers everything from the legalities to ideas on making it a super personal experience.
Whether you are wanting it to be just the two of you or have a selection of guests, you can plan it into the most epic day leaving nothing out. From the getting ready, first looks, ceremony, couple portraits to popping a bottle and throwing confetti (yep more confetti), you can have it all in an elopement.
We are offering discounted Scottish elopement packages for select dates in 2021. Please get in touch if you would like more details. Don’t worry if you have no idea on how it works or what to do as we can help and advise you on that as well as letting you in on our secrets of the best locations to elope in Scotland. Are you ready for a road-trip?
Please know that with these ideas we are not suggesting that you should cancel your whole wedding or do anything against government advice. We know how long you’ve spent dreaming and planning this day, however we’ve had so many couples desperate to “just be married”, so we wanted to give a few ideas.
We know how tough it is right now, so if there is anything that you need from us or just want someone to talk to, please feel free to give us a call drop an email over. We’re in this together.
Hannah & David
"Love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."