Chances are, you likely know someone who had their wedding plans impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is understandably a very difficult time for many couples who are mourning their vision of the dream day they'd planned for months (if not years!) If you have a friend or loved one who's had to postpone a wedding, it would be a super nice gesture to send some sunshine his or her way.
There are many ways to brighten someone's day. Kindness is totally FREE (and savvy!) During this time of physical distancing, unfortunately, in-person hangs, hugs, or quality time just aren't a possibility. So we've rounded up a list of things you can do or products to send her way to lift her spirits during this challenging time. Best of all, we've outlined a variety of price points so you can choose the one that suits your spending preferences.
You'll be amazed at how sending a little sunshine someone's way will lift your mood and brighten your own spirits. Maybe it will inspire you to incorporate more random acts of kindness in your life. 💕
Share some digital sunshine
1. (FREE!) Share some social love.
Create a cute Instagram story of you and your bestie to let her know you're there for her. Create cute graphics in Canva and post them to your story. Don't forget to tag the bride-to-be to make sure she sees your post!!
2. (FREE!) Virtual Happy Hours.
Gather the bridesmaids and surprise the bride with a group FaceTime or Zoom Happy Hour to bring her some virtual cheer. The best part is, you don't have to worry about finding a designated driver. 😉
3. (FREE!) Voice memos.
Send your friend a lengthy voice note via WhatsApp or Facebook messenger. Let her know she's on your mind, share something you love about her and give her a little digital, audible pep talk.
4. (Varies) Give the gift of streaming.
The gift of entertainment is never a bad thing. Gift your gal pal a month of streaming goodness via Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+.
5. (Varies) Digital gift cards
Gift cards are a great choice for this period of social distancing since they are no-contact. Choose anything from Starbucks to Amazon.com to give your bestie a digital pick-me-up. A major perk of an Amazon gift card– she can use it for books, movies, audiobooks or whatever else her heart desires during this downtime.
Send her some Happy Mail
What's better than getting a little surprise in the mail? Whether it's a thoughtful card or a custom gift, your friend is sure to be touched by the gesture. Check out these great options below for sending some happy mail directly to your friends without the need for making trips to the post office yourself!
6. Send a gift box. (Starting at $20)
If you're looking to surprise and delight the bride-to-be, make her a customized Greetabl gift box! Personalize the packaging with photos of the two of you, or the bride and her soon-to-be-spouse, and include a personal note inside. You can also pick an item to include in your box: choose from self-care items to candy, or even add a Starbucks gift card! With Greetabl, you can create a truly personal gift she's sure to love. Get 20% off your purchase with code BUDGETSAVVYBRIDE
7. Send mailed-for-you cards (starting at $3.99)
Looking for a contactless way to pick a card, write a card and mail a card? Use Postable and you can skip the drugstore and post office. Send some cheer from the comfort of home. They have an incredible assortment of designs to choose from, plus stamps are free through the end of April.
8. Send a customized photo card with your own handwriting (starting at $3)
Can't get to the store to pick out a card, or to the post office to mail it? Get the next best thing by choosing to send a card with the Felt app. Include your own “handwritten” note and customize your multi-panel card with photos for added personal touch. This is officially my new favorite thing.
10. Send a bridal box (~$35 per box)
So her wedding was pushed back, let's get her in the mood to be a bride-to-be for a bit longer! Send her a cute “bride” themed gift or go big and get her a Bridal Box Subscription. You can snag a discount on Miss to Mrs Box with code, BOX30 for 30% off your first box!
11. Send a self-care box (~$35 per box)
If your friend needs a reminder to take extra care of herself during this time, we love these self-care boxes from CrateJoy! Send a one-time box or get her a subscription.
12. Shop local. (Varies)
Call up her wedding florist and have a bouquet sent over. Bonus points for including her favorite flowers that were supposed to be in her wedding day bouquet.
Touch her heart via her stomach
Sweet treats never hurt when it comes to sending some cheer. Whether your friend loves candy, veggies, or even wine, there are so many great edible gifts that you can send her way to brighten her spirits if she's feeling down.
14. Candy that's almost too pretty to eat ($15+)
Send the ultimate sunshine with a sweet treat in the most perfect packaging from Sugarfina! They have the most unique and lovely selection of flavors and styles to choose from, with gift boxes to make it feel extra special.
15. Sweet treats with a sweeter sentiment! ($8.99 ea)
Sweeter Cards creates adorable cards that contain artisinal chocolates, for a sentiment that is sweet for both your heart and your taste buds! Select the messaging that expresses your sentiment and send a sweet message to brighten your friend's day.
No matter what you decide, remember it's the thought that counts. Our best recommendation is to reach out and let them know you're there for them through this crazy time. If needed, give your friend a chance to unleash their pent up feelings about the changes in plans. Lend a judgment-free listening ear, giving her a safe space to cry, scream, rage, or complain. You know she'd return the favor if the shoe was on the other foot, because that's what friends are for.
If you've had to make the choice to postpone your wedding day, you can do some nice things to celebrate on your original wedding date. Even a small dose of sunshine can help you to think more positively as you look into the future.
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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.