Postponing and rescheduling your wedding may not be anyone’s first choice, but it’s sometimes a necessary part of wedding planning. If you’re part of a couple that had to move your big day, use these tips for postponing and getting your wedding planning back on track.
Post updates for guests on your wedding website.
One of the most important parts of rescheduling a wedding is communication, both with those close to you and others farther down on the guest list. A wedding site (either a website or social media site) makes this task easier—if it’s kept up-to-date. When postponing a wedding, a wedding site is a logical place to give updates, though you should be cautious about posting too many updates.
Don’t feel like you have to go into too much detail about the reason behind the postponement; it’s up to you to decide how much information you want to give out. If you are unsure about your new wedding date, wait to post it until you have it finalized so there is no confusion. (This wedding website guide gives you a full list of everything you should include on your wedding site.)
Contact your family and wedding party directly.
While your wedding website might be the easiest place to update guests, make sure you take a more direct approach with your family and wedding party. For those close to you, contact them directly with wedding updates. This small step minimizes family drama and stems any hurt feelings.
Make sure you de-stress when you get overwhelmed.
Postponing a wedding is stressful—and so is when you can start planning because you have a final wedding date! During this stressful time, make sure you have a strong support system and an occasional chance to de-stress. A date with your fiancé, time away from your wedding checklist, or one of these other ideas for de-stressing during wedding planning can help you relax and come back to your wedding planning checklist ready to tackle the next step.
Send out new Save the Date cards.
In addition to posting online updates, don’t forget to send out notices of postponement and new Save the Date cards when you have a final date and everything is a go. Don’t hesitate to have fun with these cards, and be creative with the wording. Here are a few ideas:
- “Our love story is not on hold, but our wedding date is. Can’t wait to celebrate with you!”
- “We have made the extremely difficult decision to postpone our wedding, but we are looking forward to setting a new date soon.”
- “Hope you can be part of our plan B! Join us for our new wedding date on month day, year.”
- “There’s been a change in plans, but no change in our commitment to each other!”
Be aware that rescheduling a wedding may bring up some uncomfortable situations.
Postponing and rescheduling a wedding is not a pleasant situation. Unfortunately, it can also bring up other uncomfortable situations. When rescheduling your wedding date, prepare yourself for two common scenarios. Unfortunately, guests that were able to come to your first wedding date may not be able to come to your new wedding date.
You may also have to trim your guest list for your new wedding date, either due to capacity restrictions or other circumstances. While it’s not pleasant, you can use these tips for trimming your guest list.
Keep a list of wedding vendors so you can contact them promptly.
Organization is the key to smooth and less-stress wedding planning. In the case of postponing and rescheduling a wedding, it’s necessary. (You can also hire a wedding planner to help you through the process.)
If you’re working through it on your own, keep an accurate list of vendors’ contact information so you can easily contact them. It’s also essential to have a close relationship with your wedding venue so you can discuss future availability.
Be ready to tackle deadlines—and be flexible.
Every couple’s situation is different. If you decide to keep your wedding plans the same but on a different date, be ready to refocus your efforts and tackle your wedding planning checklist. The second option is to get married and plan a “wedding reception only” for a later date. (Use the tips for planning a wonderful “wedding reception only” if you choose the latter option.) Both options are wonderful ways to celebrate your love, and good solutions if you have for rescheduling a wedding.