Coronavirus-induced anxiety has affected most people over the past month, with many brides and grooms having to cancel or postpone their wedding day. It can be really difficult to understand someone’s sadness over a wedding postponement. You’re not going through it, it’s not what you’ve been thinking about for weeks. Not sure what to say to a friend who’s had to cancel or move their wedding date? Here’s how you can support your friend during this time.
Your friend is well aware that there is a world wide pandemic going on, that a wedding is not the most important thing in the world. They know that it has to be moved and nothing can change that. They know they must accept it and be looking forward to their new upcoming wedding date, or not to worry, that things will sort themselves out in time.
However, the original wedding date is the day they had been dreaming about for months, years possibly. The brides and grooms-to be were counting down to that day and putting everything they had, all their energy into making it the best day it could be. Remind them it’s okay to be angry and upset now. They’ve most probably been through all the emotions at this point, and quite frankly just want people to understand their unique situation, rather than it being played down or forgotten about. Be kind and considerate to their feelings right now.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed most of our lives dramatically in some way. Whether you’re now working from home, lost your job, lost a loved one, constantly worried about family and loved ones, we totally understand. This really is the time to stay connected to your friends and family around you.
Lots of future bride and grooms right now are mourning for the day they were ‘supposed’ to have. Weddings take so much time and effort to plan, and it’s totally understandable that couples will be feeling low and emotional at the moment.
Although nothing can bring back their original wedding date, there are things you can say and do to support your friend and make their situation better. Let them know you’re thinking of them and try to understand how disappointing this has been for them. Remind them that they have each other, they will get through anything together and celebrate even more when their special day arrives.
Things to avoid would be quizzing your friend on the arrangements of the new wedding date and what’s going on. They are under a huge amount of stress at the moment and may not have made new arrangements yet. All you have to do is let them know that whenever the new wedding date is, you will be there, that you cannot wait. It will be so wonderful to finally get to celebrate them.
Let them know that you are there for them, whenever they need to have a cry or moan. You’re only a phone call away! Tell them they’ve made the right choice and that this is the only option they had.
A hand written card (we adore the fabulous cards from The Right Lines), care package or little gift can really go a long way. Perhaps you could treat your friend and let them know you’re thinking of them. You don’t need to spend a lot, after-all it’s the thought that counts.
Reassure your friend that better days are coming and positivity is key. Trying to make the very best you can out of a bad situation is all we can do at these uncertain times. Remind your friend that their perfect wedding day will be here before they know it and will be so worth the wait.