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Posted on 5 June, 2020 at 5:15


Today was meant to be the day. The day you wiggled your #wedshred bod into your dream dress or your slender-legged suit, shared one too many champagnes with your best buds and rode the rollercoaster of emotion through your wedding ceremony – only, to come out the other side, hugging your favourite people and partying the night away.

But then the world changed and instead you are spending your wedding day, living the ‘new normal’ #isolife. It’s ok to be sad. It’s ok to be angry. It’s ok to feel so many things that you can’t make sense of them anymore.

But today, of all days – I want you to do something. Remember this – LOVE IS NOT CANCELLED (or postponed). Yes, your big wedding celebration may be, but the reason behind it – you coupla’ lovebirds is not. So, break out the date-night dress, don your best chinos and crack open the finest tipple you’ve got. It’s time to celebrate baby. And, if you’re looking for some inspo on how to have the best wedding-date-party-for-two, feast your eyes and get ready to drool.

Vow Party

Are you ready to get gin-drunk and mutter sweet nothings to the love of your life? What a perfect occasion to do so. Instead of sharing your most intimate thoughts, feelings and promises in front of your family and friends – make the most of the Covid sitch and write some special ones for your lover’s ears only. No need to worry about making Nan blush or smoke blow out of your father-in-law’s eye sockets – make these as cheeky as you like. Then; flip a coin, play scissor/paper/rock or battle it out on Mario Kart to decide who goes first. Want some help writing your ‘Covid-Vows’? – It might not be your wedding day, but I’m still here ready to help over a virtual vino and a good ol’ fashion Zoom sesh.

Couples that Cook Together Stay Together

Fancy your chances as the next master chef? Why don’t you lovers have an ultimate cooking fest. Pour yourself a red, slither out of your trackies and don your best apron (extra points if you’re riding bare underneath). Cook yourselves the best damn dinner you’ve ever feasted on and leave the cleaning up for the morning…

Cheats tip: Subo, the ultimate in Newcastle fine-dining are currently offering delivery of their three course dinners (with omnivore, vego and vegan options available). There is some cooking and assembly required for each course, so really; you can totally claim it as your own creation, right? Check it out here -

Phone a friend (or all your friends)

Send a quick email/message/pigeon to all your guests prior to your wedding and ask them for some help celebrating your original wedding date. Get each person to film a short segment of them clinking their glasses and sending you some sweet AF wishes for you pair. Watch them together and know how bloody loved the two of you are. Then, why not pull out your laptop, go through old photos and venture down memory lane.

Frock the F*ck Up

This one is pretty self explanatory – pull out the lippy, spray on the cologne and grab your fanciest pants. It’s date night! But, make it all the more special by ordering yourself a batch of perfectly balanced, tongue-tingling, soul-warming cocktails from The Koutestu ( ), put on some swanky AF tunes and imagine you’re out at your favourite small bar. The upside – no taxi lines, no deso, just dessert.

Or, if fine dining tickles your fancy check out the iconic Scratchley’s restaurant ( for the big seafood shebang (yep, from the 24th of April you can indulge in their signature seafood platter at home).

Dance Party at Home

Newy musicians are bringing their gigs to your loungerooms and there’s a good chance your wedding muso is too! Check out your vendors socials for info on their streamed performances. What better way to celebrate your wedding date than sharing those first dance feels with your love? And if you’re keen to keep on partying, pull up youtube and bang out some bangers. It’s karaoke time.

Cheats tip: If you’re feeling super adventurous, why not try your hand at choreographing your first dance together. Or, if you’d like some professional help check out Anne-Marie from YFDC ( and she will have your butts wiggling in sync in no time!


From the team at JBCC HQ (aka my family and I) – sending you both a whole heap of love on your original wedding date. Covid sucks, postponing your wedding sucks BUT the date itself doesn’t. Celebrate YOU, celebrate LOVE and have one helluva time. Holla if you need to chat and know that once these restrictions are lifted your wedding is going to be the freakin PARTY OF A LIFETIME.

Lots of love, cake and boozy good times.

Jaya x


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Kids at Weddings

Photo: Keegan Cronin

If I had a cent for every time I got asked for my two cents on kids at weddings I would be slightly less poor. But in all seriousness, this is SUCH a personal decision. Four years ago, when I was in the height of wedding planning the answer was an easy no. Fast forward to the now and the tables have turned.

It’s not an easy decision, or one that should be made for any other reason except the preference of the people getting married (but hey, that’s my stance of 99% of wedding related things).

But, what I have done is broken down some of the considerations, tips and tricks to help you make an informed decision and also a little bit of a guide of things you can do to make it easier on yourselves.

Before we jump in, I want to preface this with; just because you welcome kids to a ceremony doesn’t mean you have to include them for the reception and vice versa. Your day, your way.

It’s a NO from me – or five reasons why kids at your wedding might not be your jam.

1. The idea of kids screaming or running around during your vows makes your skin crawl

2. If you invited everyone’s kids to your wedding, you’d be way over budget

3. Your wedding isn’t a child-friendly affair – champagne, candles, drunk guests and a banging d-floor might not make the perfect mix for little ones hanging around

4. You’d like your friends and family to have a night off and give them the opportunity to let their hair down

5. You simply don’t want children there. There’s no single reason, you just don’t want it.

… on the flip side …

I can’t imagine getting married without the little loves – or five reasons why kids at weddings rule

1. There’s nothing cuter than watching the little ones in your life break it down on the d-floor.

2. Photos. See above.

3. Those unscripted moments. The innocent comments, the ooooh’s and aaaah’s. These inbetweeners than add to the magic of the moment.

4. You just simply can’t imagine celebrating such a milestone without some of your favourite little people.

5. Have you ever seen the excitement on a child’s face during a first dance? For them, it’s a real life fairytale and all their dreams come true.

6. You don’t need a reason. If you’d like the little ones there, invite them along. Then, it’s up to the individual parents to decide if they want to bring them.

Next week on the blog;

Ok, so we’ve decided to include kids on our guest list – what can we do to keep them entertained AND make sure we/their parents have a kick-ass time.