One of the most heartbreaking effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the postponement of weddings. Couples often spend several months planning their big day. And while a date change simply can’t be avoided sometimes, it’s still a source of stress when it is necessary.
While re-planning the celebrations you’ve already worked so hard on can seem overwhelming, you’ll get through it, and the day will be just as special.
Here are some guidelines to help you reschedule – not cancel – your wedding day.
The biggest event of your life, that took immense time and effort to plan, is now being… postponed. While it’s not the end of the world, it’s a pretty big deal, and It’s okay to feel disappointed. Talk it over with your partner or close friend to help you cope.
If you’re postponing your wedding, the first people you need to tell are the pros that are making it happen. Photographers, florists, linen vendors, designers, bakeries – all these people need to be kept in the loop. If there’s any vendor you can’t imagine your wedding without, like a photographer, then let them know as soon as possible your decision to reschedule. Don’t forget to contact your wedding venue and let them know your new date, and to find out other later available dates.
Many of your guests may already have flights and hotel rooms booked for your big day, so they absolutely must know if you’ve changed the date. Once you’ve decided to postpone, be sure to send a quick email message to let your guests know. And then once you’ve settled on a new date, communicate that to your guests immediately. This gives them ample time to change travel plans and prepare.
More than likely your dress will need some alterations before the big day. Be sure to get in touch with your seamstress and let them know that your date has shifted. This means your alterations will also need to be postponed. Be prepared to collect your dress if your seamstress is not able to store it until your new date. Whatever you do, don’t forget about your dress.
It might be tempting to postpone your payments to vendors because you’re rescheduling your wedding day. But keep in mind that these vendors will need to keep their doors open to accommodate you. Just imagine if they had to shut down due to a lack of funds – with the money you’ve already given them. You want these people to stay in business so you can rely on them when all this passes.
While rescheduling your wedding day is not ideal, it does not have to be the end of the world. With a little bit of extra planning, you can definitely pull this off. And there’s no reason you can’t make the original date special too.