Thousands of couples across the country – and the world, for that matter – have been forced to cancel or postpone their 2020 weddings due to the COVID-19 outbreak. While some of the measures put in place to stop the spread of the virus are being eased, weddings are still unable to go ahead in most instances – and we’re unsure as to when normal service will resume.
Having their nuptials cancelled has not stopped lots of brides marking their would-be wedding days in fun and uplifting ways, though. My brides, for instance, have celebrated their own cancelled dates by hosting small, socially distanced garden parties for close family, or by having their hair and make-up styled for a special photoshoot by a professional photographer. I’ve even seen a tongue-in-cheek image of one of my clients with a great sense of humour posing with toilet paper veil!
The resilience of these strong-spirited brides is inspirational and uplifting. I’ve taken so much comfort from them in these difficult times, where I’m missing my work and my brides so badly. So, I’m very grateful to these wonderful women who are very admirably creating light in a dark situation, turning their disappointment into something positive, and sharing it with the world on social media. I think we could all learn something from them in these trying times – cancelled wedding or not.
You’re not alone
That said, digging deep for positivity when you’re so upset and disappointed is extremely tough. If you’ve had your wedding cancelled or rearranged, you have every right to feel down and disillusioned; to have been waiting and planning for this day for so long, only to have it snatched away from you, is heartbreaking.
If you feel that you’re not in a space quite yet to find the positives (although I promise you’ll find them when you’re ready to look) that’s okay – take your time and work through your emotions. When you need some encouragement, look at these inspiriting images of these 2020 brides who had to postpone their weddings on Instagram or Facebook.
These strong, plucky women are facing adversity with a sense of humour and a grin on their face, and by doing so are creating a real sense of camaraderie and solidarity for brides in the same position. If you feel you can, join them in celebrating your wedding date, using it to look forward and reignite the excitement of your wedding. It’s going to be well worth the wait.