Emily & Tim’s “Non-Wedding” Day

Celebrating A Lockdown Wedding Day at Home

Due to get married on 16th May this year, Emily and Tim had a beautiful church wedding planned in The Isle of Wight with an idyllic reception in the botanical gardens in Ventnor.  They wanted a relaxed feel and had collected A LOT of gin bottles for their centre pieces. They were looking forward to the perfect day they had planned with hay bales outside, a firepit, marshmallows and tapas style food for all their guests. They wanted the day to be filled with friends and family just enjoying themselves having a drink and a trip away for the weekend.

Then Lockdown Happened

Emily told us of her initial disappointment. They had tried to re-arrange the wedding legalities to April 10th with just their parents, but the lockdown was introduced that very day. Emily was so worried thinking about all the guests that were travelling for their wedding and felt terrible thinking people may not get their money back. Emily told us that thankfully all the companies have been amazing.

Keeping Positive

Despite the initial disappointment, Emily and Tim decided to celebrate their ‘non-wedding day’.  Emily told us that some friends and family were worried about her wearing her dress before the actual wedding, but as soon as they saw how happy she was, they agreed it was the best decision they could have made.

“Tim is the most positive man in the world and he wouldn’t have let the day go by without us laughing and smiling throughout and we feel so lucky to have shared those moments just the two of us”

Their ‘Non-Wedding Day”

Emily’s amazing bridesmaids managed to find a photographer who was doing socially distanced photoshoots and she was super happy to be part of their day.

Tim and Emily discussed what they wanted to do, and it quickly became clear that what mattered was they were together. “Don’t get me wrong, a beautiful wedding day would have been amazing but really just being with one another was so special” Emily told us.

They slept in separate rooms the night before and got up and ready as if it was their wedding day. They played the song that they were going to walk down the aisle to and used the stairs as their makeshift aisle. In the evening when they discussed their favourite part of the day, Tim described this as the most special part of the day for him.

Emily and Tim’s lovely friends dropped Prosecco at their door and even managed to get a bouquet and buttonhole delivered. The singer from the band that was due to play at their wedding (a good friend of theirs) even came with his guitar and played some music whilst they had their photos taken. They had their first dance and even wore their rings for the day! Emily described it as “Perfect”

“The” Dress

Emily told us she hadn’t tried her dress on since she had collected it from Dress Me Pretty, so found it pretty nerve racking. Especially as she hadn’t had any alterations done. She told us “Because of the attention to detail at my original fitting it really did just fit perfectly. When I walked down the stairs, I felt incredible. Tim was speechless and it’s a moment we will never forget.”


What’s Next?

Emily and Tim haven’t rebooked their wedding but decided that as soon as the government come up with a plan for small weddings, they will go to a local registry office and get ‘officially’ married.

They plan to just get together with their closest friends and family and drink all the alcohol they had already bought for the wedding! Emily said, “We don’t really care where that is- as long as we can all be together!”



Emily’s Advice

“Go back to basics and remember what the day is really about and that’s just the two of you. The initial feeling is that all the hours of planning are wasted and you aren’t going to get the day you had dreamed of with your family, but this is an opportunity to have a day that really will go down in history! You will definitely remember it forever. Stay positive about things and keep smiling 😊😊


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