Things to remember when you have to postpone your big day.
Postponing your wedding because of the Coronavirus? Maybe, you’re postponing for some other reason? After all, accidents, sickness, and other unexpected events happen all the time that require you to postpone the special event you had been planning for months or years.
Nobody wants to do it, but unfortunately, postponing special events is sometimes necessary. To help you through this difficult and stressful situation, we have put together a list of things to remember when Postponing your Wedding date. If you haven’t already, you may want to start a document to keep track of the details and to make sure you have contacted all the necessary people. We recommend a Word or Excel document, but there are also lots of helpful wedding planning apps that you can download.
First and foremost, you need to know what your new event date will be. Typically, the venue will be the biggest contender when choosing a new date. Make sure to call your venue manager or on-site planner to discuss possible dates. Once the new date is set, you have the super fun task of reaching out to all your vendors to confirm their availability for the new date. Below is a list of vendors you may need to reach out to:
- Day-Of Coordinator/Planner
- DJ/Entertainment (photo booth, Mariachi band, live musician, etc.)
- Cake maker
- Attire rental company
- Dress shop (you may have to have them store your dress until closer to the new date)
- Party Bus/Getaway Vehicle
- Rental Company (Linens, decorations, lighting, tables, chairs, etc.)
- Hair/Makeup Stylist(s)
When you are communicating with these vendors, there are a few things you’ll need to confirm:
- Availability on the new date
- Staff changes – if the company has multiple staff members, make sure you know whether someone new will be assigned so you can update your planning records
- Additional fees – will the company charge you a rescheduling fee?
- Required date of payment
The next most important piece of rescheduling is making sure your wedding party knows the new date and is available to be there. Since these are the people you chose to stand next to you on one of the most important days, they should be supportive and offer to help with any details. And don’t be afraid to ask for their help! They may be married themselves and will understand the stress you are going through and will want to help in any way they can.
This step may seem a little daunting depending on how many guests you invited and how far away the date was originally set. Don’t worry though! This may be where you call in a favor from your wedding party and/or parents to get the word out. Below are some ideas of how to spread the word of your new wedding date:
- Call everyone – this would definitely require some help unless you invited 50 guests or less
- Create a Facebook event – make the date of the event your new wedding date and invite all the guests that have Facebook pages then encourage them to spread the word to anybody you missed or that doesn’t have Facebook
- Send an Evite – if your guest list is tech savvy, you can send out a mass email. You could take advantage of a free trial and not spend a dime!
- Invitations – whether you have sent out invitations or not, you could send an amended invitation to spread the word. This may not be the most environmentally or budget friendly option if you have sent invitations already, but it is an option nonetheless.
We understand the stress you are going through and want to be as helpful as we can. We have gone through wedding planning ourselves and helped countless couples prepare for the big day. No matter what the reason is for postponing the wedding, everyone will rally around to help. Call on your friends and family and delegate tasks because doing it all yourself will make you crazy. We promise you will get through this and end up dancing the night away with your new spouse!