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If you’ve had to cancel or postpone your wedding due to COVID-19, you know that the experience brings a very specific kind of sadness. It’s a mix of disappointment, frustration, and grief. If you’re friends with someone who’s had to cancel or postpone a wedding due to COVID-19, though, these feelings might be a little harder to understand. It can also be hard to know exactly how to be there for them. After all, COVID-19 is something that none of us have dealt with before.
As someone who has gone through the process of postponing a wedding due to COVID-19, I can say from experience that the best thing any friend can do in this situation is to simply acknowledge and validate the feelings of someone who’s canceled their wedding. Let them know that yes, this does suck and yes, their sadness is completely warranted. The second best thing? Let them know that you’re thinking of them—especially on their original wedding date. A great way to do this is to send a small gift and/or message that says they’re on your mind on or around their original wedding date. Of course, it can be just as hard to choose the right gift as it can be to know what to say.
If you’re feeling stuck, below are 28 ideas of things to get someone who’s had to cancel or postpone their wedding due to COVID-19. These are all sure to let a loved one or friend know you’re thinking of them and make them smile.
Wedding Day Candle
Pair this candle with a note that encourages the couple to burn it on both their original wedding day and their new date. This way, they’ll have something that ties together two important days in their relationship. Plus, scent has one of the strongest ties to memory so they’ll never forget the experience.
Keepsake Wedding Binder
Every couple is different. Some might want to take a break from thinking about wedding plans as they wait for their new, postponed date. Others might want to find excitement and anticipation for their new date. This Keepsake Wedding Library is a great way to remind people that they will get married and they will have their day, and it’ll be something they can look back on forever.
Bloomscape Indoor Plant
Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest, most classic ones. Sending a beautiful flower arrangement or gorgeous plants with a note that says you’re thinking of someone is always, always, always a good idea. If you happen to time its delivery with someone’s original wedding date, then that’s even better.
Personalized Mountain Camping Mug Set
This mug set is perfect for any outdoorsy couple who loves to camp or hike—plus, it features a classic illustration and font combination. The best part? These are metal mugs, which means they won’t break or shatter and your friends’ will have them to reflect on for the rest of their lives.
Custom Champagne Glasses
These Champagne glasses are easily customizable, so you can easily add an encouraging, funny, or sentimental message. Plus, if you want to get creative you could pair them with two bottles of bubbly—one with a note to open on their original wedding date, and one with a note to open when they’re finally married.
Custom Photo Coasters
These coasters are easily personalized and have a nostalgic, vintage feel to them. If you have friends who have a million photos together but never seem to print them out or frame them, this could be a great way to preserve some of their memories while adding a note of their future wedding date or other sweet messages, too.
Wedding Day Banner
This sweet banner is simple, but would definitely be enough to make any bride-to-be cry on their would-be wedding day. When you’ve postponed your wedding, sometimes the most impactful thing can simply be others acknowledging that the original date was supposed to be the most special date of your life, even in the littlest of ways.
Self-Care Chamomile Tea Gift Set
Sometimes the absolute best thing you can give someone who’s just postponed their wedding is an opportunity to truly relax and unwind. This tea set allows someone to grow, steep, and sip their own tea. Paired with a thoughtful note, it’s a gift that anyone would appreciate.
Our Story Custom Illustration
A postponed wedding date is going to be part of any couple’s story in the same way that moving cities, adopting pets, and having children is. Ordering a custom illustration for someone who’s postponed their wedding is a sweet gesture, but also a good reminder that this time is only a small part of their overall story—and that there’s much more to come.
New York Times Custom Anniversary Book
One of the most thoughtful things friends and family did on my originally-planned wedding date was to send gifts and messages honoring the new wedding date. A customized New York Times anniversary book featuring someone’s new wedding date could be a wonderful gift.
Postponing or canceling a wedding after spending months or years planning it can be devastating. Ultimately, the only way anyone gets through it is by having the support and love of those around them. No matter how you choose to express that to someone you love, know that the gesture will be much-needed and much-appreciated.