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I think we can all agree the world is a strange place right now. So many aspects of our daily lives have changed and everything seems to have come to a screeching halt. We have spoken to so many couples who had to postpone their wedding day. They feel a sense of loss after spending months on end planning for their big day and the build of excitement only to have that day pass, stuck in their homes. So we decided to give you a few ideas on how you can still celebrate your original wedding day while in quarantine. Hopefully, these will tide you over until you get to the real thing!

Our list in short form:

  1. Pop the bubbly
  2. Exchange rings
  3. Have a dance
  4. Picnic
  5. Dress up
  6. Take some selfies
  7. Write some special words
  8. Zoom with family and friends
  9. Eat cake
  10. Reminisce about the proposal
  11. Photograph your heirlooms
  12. Express gratitude
Newlywed couple celebrating with a bottle of champagne.

Pop the bubbly

One of our amazing photographers, Jessie from The Emerics suggests celebrating with a glass of bubbly! Nothing says wedding celebration quite like popping champagne so go ahead and open up a bottle (or two) and toast to your future together. You don’t need a big crowd to make a toast and the plus side is you get to practice before your big day.

Groom putting wedding ring on bride's finger during ceremony.

Exchange ring pops

Dying to experience that moment where you slide those rings that symbolize forever onto each other’s finger? Have some fun and create a preview version of that with ring pops. Not only will you feel like a kid again but you’ll also have something yummy to snack on!

Bride and groom dancing in the Dry Lake Bed in Las Vegas.

Have a dance

Carrie from Carrie Pollard Photography, another one of our amazing photographers, They tell us to dance like no one’s watching and in this quarantine, no one really is so take advantage of it. Practice your wedding dance or simply enjoy a nice slow dance together to rekindle that flame.

Bride and groom sitting and talking in the park.

Picnic in your backyard

Grab a blanket and some wine and cheese and go on a lovely picnic in the comfort of your own backyard. You don’t have to worry about fighting other people for a good spot and you have all the privacy you need for some nice alone time together while you get some much needed fresh air.

Photo of a bride and groom on the desert mountains in Las Vegas.

Dress up

Look, pajamas are comfy and we all love that we have an excuse to live in them 24/7 but sometimes it’s a good idea to dress up for each other and see the other party in all their glory. You don’t have to dress like you’re going to the opera but at least wear your best “first date” attire to bring back memories of the day you met!

From one of our preferred partners, Amelia from Amelia C and Co:
“Get dolled up- the works. Blow out and curl your hair, put your full face of makeup on. Exfoliate and shave, slather yourself in your favorite lotion. Give yourself the experience of feeling incredibly beautiful that day.”

Bride and groom pose in a cactus garden.

Take some selfies

Maybe you cringe when other people do it or maybe you are the selfie couple of the year. Either way, with endless filters at our access these days you can have at least an hour of fun taking selfies and pretending to be everything from rabbits to monsters in outer space. Sometimes it’s good for a belly laugh.

Bride and groom smiling during wedding vows.

Write some special words

Practice those vows now! Whether you read them out loud to each other or simply write them in a note and exchange them to read later, telling your significant other what you love about them is always a great bonding moment that you’ll remember forever.

Wedding couple and parents toasting a new marriage.

Zoom or call friends and family

It’s definitely important to not isolate socially so get on a Zoom call or chat room with loved ones and have a mini celebration together. Have everyone dress up or make a dish, or even throw some confetti at the end. The internet gives us endless possibilities to celebrate while away.

Bride and groom feeding wedding cake to each other.

Eat cake

Let’s admit it, sometimes during weddings we are all eyeing that cake and just waiting for them to announce it’s time to cut it! Now you can have your cake and eat it too, and in your pj’s! Support your local bakery and indulge your sweet tooth all at the same time.

Bride and groom kissing in the middle of a deserted road.

Reminisce about the proposal

One of our preferred partners, Vanessa Naumann of Storybook Planning and Design suggests, reminiscing about the proposal. Sometimes it’s nice to relive the moment you said “yes” to remind each other of the excitement that lies ahead. When you proposed or accepted, you knew the wedding would be a little ways off but were still excited and full of hope. This time is really no different so celebrate the excitement of the anticipation of it all!

A photo of a blue gem in a gold ring setting.

Photograph your heirlooms

Grab that “something old” item you had planned on wearing during your wedding and preview it to the world. Take some nice pics of the item and show it to your loved ones on social media. Make sure to include the story of what makes the item special so you can all share in the family history.

Bride and groom walking hand in hand in the mountains.

Express gratitude

Vanessa from Storybook Planning and Design also suggested that couples express their gratitude to each other. Now more than ever is a time to lift each other up through words of encouragement. Let the love of your life know how much you appreciate them and why and then extend that sentiment to others close to you. You don’t need an official wedding ceremony to tell people you love them so take this golden opportunity to reach out and spread the love!

McKenzi Taylor
McKenzi Taylor

McKenzi Taylor is America’s go-to elopement and micro wedding expert, often featured in small and major media outlets, such as the New York Times. With over 15 years of wedding photography experience, it was after planning her own Las Vegas elopement in 2016 that McKenzi felt her purpose shift into elopement coordination. She started Cactus Collective Weddings soon after in 2017. Since then, she’s become a WIPA board member, and has helped well over 1000 couples get hitched in style around Las Vegas, San Diego and Black Hills.