Did you know that there are 492K Instagram posts tagged with the hashtag #2020bride. Yes, 2020 was NOT the year to be getting married really was it?
That’s a whole lotta disappointed brides who likely had to cancel or postpone their 2020 wedding plans, and while things remain uncertain for 2021 weddings, we thought we’d share some ideas to help cheer up anyone who has to postpone their wedding.
Chances are that you know at least one fed up bride-to-be who would really appreciate a little quarantreat to let her know you are thinking of her.
We’ve put together 7 thoughtful gift ideas for brides who have had to postpone their wedding.
Cheer Up Gifts for those who have had to cancel their wedding
1. Make her a video (Free!)
Sending your pal a gift to let them know you are thinking about them doesn’t have to cost any money, especially if you are watching the pennies after being furloughed.
Why not ask each of the bride’s close friends to record a little video message sending their love and support, or even doing something that will make her laugh.
Then, find the most tech-savvy hen in your party and get her to splice all the videos together using a free app (if you have an iPhone then iMovie is pretty simple to use and free).
You could even time it so that she receives it on the day of her cancelled hen party or the day she should have got married.
It won’t cost you a penny, but it will definitely make the bride’s day and take the edge off the disappointment for a few minutes.
2. Send her a self-care hamper
For brides who don’t know what is going to happen with rescheduling their wedding plans yet, one of the best ways of coping is distraction.
While there’s stuff to be sorted, it’s important that she takes some time to relax and look after herself too, so a self-care box is a nice idea to encourage her to do that.
You can either put together a DIY self-care box and ship it over to her, or order a pre-made one to be send to her.
What to put in a DIY Self-Care hamper:
- Cosmetics: face masks, creams, nail polish and other pampering items
- Food: a selection of her favourite snacks: crisps, chocolate, sweets
- Drinks: some mini bottles of wine or gin
- Entertainment: little games, a magazine, quizzes and hand-written notes to make her laugh.
- Biscuits!! You can make your own or have the cutest biscuits ever delivered directly to her from Biscuiteers*. How AMAZING are these ice lolly biscuits!?:
Pre-made self-care boxes:
If you want a hassle-free option, there are plenty of care package boxes on Etsy to choose from.
We love this one, which includes bath bombs, soap, pillow spray, eye masks and lip balm amongst other things.
It costs just £18 on Etsy*.
Another nice option is to support the work of The Blurt Foundation by ordering a BuddyBox.
Each BuddyBox costs £21.50 contains 5 products hand-picked to nourish, inspire and encourage self-care.
BuddyBox profits supports The Blurt Foundation continue their work in raising awareness and understanding of depression which is a great cause to support especially right now.
If your pal likes trying out the latest cosmetics then you can also send her a one-off Glossybox which costs just £13.25 including delivery
Another nice idea is for all the hens to club together and sign the bride up for a Glossybox subscription*.
If there are 12 of you can cost as little as around £10 each!
3. Keepsake Jewellery
This might not be a time the bride will look back on with fond memories, but what she will remember is how much support she got from her wonderful bridesmaids and friends.
If you want to send the bride something that will be a daily reminder of the love and support she has from her best girls, then something like a keepsake bracelet of necklace is a lovely idea.
Cherie Message Bar Personalised Bracelet
Bloom Boutique do a gorgeous bracelet where you can add your own words or message as an engraving.
- Comes in silver or rose gold
- Add your message up to 18 characters long
- Free worldwide delivery
- Price: £18.00 (View on Bloom Boutique*)
4. Send her some flowers
It’s an oldie but a goldie, but who doesn’t love to receive flowers?
We love all the flower delivery services that deliver flowers through your lettterbox, and if you split the cost between a small group of hens then it works out to be incredibly affordable, as little as under £5 each to make the bride smile.
Bloom & Wild* do beautiful bunches of flowers through your letterbox starting from £23.
Also, you can include a cute card and message to let her know you’re all thinking of her.
It’s also a good opportunity to support local businesses in your area that are re-opening, so you could also order from a florist local to the bride.
5. Afternoon tea at home
Another great opportunity to support a local business in your area is to order the bride an at-home afternoon tea.
While lockdown continues and non-essential shops and restaurants can’t welcome guests inside, many have diversified and are offering to deliver a special afternoon tea treat to your front door.
If you all want to get involved you could choose to each order yourselves the same treat and then all meet up for a very classy Zoom date.
6. Give her something to look forward to
If you’ve had to cancel your wedding or postpone it to an as-yet unknown date in the distant future then the days have a tendency to drag on a bit.
That’s why gifting your friend something she can look forward to while she’s waiting for the new wedding date to come round is a lovely idea.
What you choose to get her can be completely tailored to what she likes and what will put the biggest smile on her face.
Buying vouchers for use at a later date is also a good way of supporting businesses through the tough times that Corona has caused.
Here are some voucher ideas:
- Does she love animals? How about a voucher to visit an animal sanctuary when they reopen.
- Is she a big musical fan? Get her some theatre vouchers*
- If your girl is a cooking or baking fan then how about getting her a voucher for a cookery course?
7. Something to distract her
Distraction has been one of our best friends throughout this crisis, so sending a disappointed bride something to fill her time until things go back to normal is a good plan.
If you’ve got a crafty bride then she would no doubt love to receive something creative she can busy herself with such as a cross-stitch kit or painting set.
You can get super cute kits on Etsy, we think these ones would cheer up a postponed bride no end:
Positivi Tea Cross Stitch Kit: £19.88 on Etsy*
For bookish brides, sending them a selection of your favourite books for her to get stuck into will make a great distraction.
Have your wedding plans been disrupted by the pandemic? Let us know if you’ve received any thoughtful gifts that have perked you up during a pretty rubbish time.