Updated: Apr 6, 2020
These last few weeks have been difficult and we want to remind you that this too shall pass. Take a few deep breaths, take a hot bath, drink a glass of your favorite wine (or beverage of choice!), read your favorite book, or whatever will help alleviate your nerves during this unsettling time.
First and foremost, reschedule – don’t cancel.
You’ve worked so hard over the last year or so to plan your wedding. While no couple ever dreams of having to postpone their wedding date, unexpected things happen. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, travel restrictions, and restrictions on gatherings, many couples (maybe even yourself), have been forced to face a very difficult decision.
Second, talk with your wedding planner and come up with a plan. If you do not have a planner already, we highly recommend booking one to help navigate this uncertain time. We understand that budgets can be tight, especially during a time like this. If you don’t have funds in your budget to hire a planner, we recommend staying informed of your state and county laws. If your wedding date falls under or within a month of following gathering restrictions, it’s time to reach out to your venue.
Third, once you’ve talked with your venue and gathered some postponement dates, talk with your other vendors. Keep in mind that your vendors are making new arrangements for all their spring and early summer brides so it may take a bit longer than usual for them to reply.
When emailing all your vendors we suggest proposing a few open dates to see how many of them are available for the potential new wedding date. If some of your vendors are not available for your proposed dates, talk with them about their postponement and cancellation policies. Please keep in mind that each one of your vendors are dealing with a very difficult situation too. Everyone is trying their best to navigate this unprecedented time, so remember to remain calm and kind when discussing these changes. While it is unfortunate to move quickly, we do recommend locking in a new wedding date as soon as possible to secure your vendors and get the new date you want.
Once a new date is determined, be sure to get date revisions and services in writing. Most vendors should already send you an amendment clause however, in the case you do not receive one kindly ask your vendor to provide you a new agreement reflecting your discussed changes.
Fourth, if your wedding date is only a few weeks away be sure to immediately put a hold on any custom orders such as paper goods, florals, printables (such as seating charts), and so on until a new date is set.
Fifth, be sure to inform your guests. Once you have determined a new date be sure to let your guests know that your date has been postponed. Check out these resources below to let your guests know that your date is changing.
While these events have likely put a strain on a lot of your wedding plans and activities, remember that you WILL get your perfect wedding day. Life doesn’t always go as planned but with a solid postponement plan in place we promise you’ll get through this!
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