Postponing or Changing Your Wedding? Here’s How to Go About it!
We’re living in one of the worst pandemics.
Coronavirus is everywhere. No country is exempt from its contagio, and to keep yourself (and loved ones) safe, you need to postpone any large scale social events.
That unfortunately means postponing or changing how to do your wedding ceremony.
After all, you should not risk a loved one catching the virus. The consequences could be deadly. I will explain how to work around this issue. Follow the list below, and re-organize your special day!
First – Is Your Wedding More than 2 Months Away?
If so, then you might not need to cancel it (yet).
We don’t know if the rate of coronavirus’ spread will slow down. It might get to safe levels by the middle of this year.
And this means you can effectively host your wedding, and without trouble!
Second – Postpone the Wedding to a later date
Assuming there are no signs of improvement within the next 2 months – then you might have to postpone your wedding.
We recommend waiting till the three week mark before your wedding date. If nothing seems to improve, then it’s time to cancel.
Update your wedding website. Next, for your day-of paper goods with the incorrect date in your possession applying creative solutions could help. A wax seal, decorative or a custom sticker with your new date, monogram, or customized crest sticker to hide the original date. If that fails, your guests understand that you were forced to move your celebration during a global pandemic.
Or, you can follow the alternative options below!
Postpone the Wedding Reception to another date.
You don’t have to postpone your service. If your state allows courtroom wedding licensing to marry as essential, you may focus on only the reception.
Thus for a wedding reception – you can move that to another date.
That way, you can balance tying the knot with having a memorable day.
You could actually have a large party (after the pandemic ends) to compensate your delayed plans! Plus, you can keep that wedding celebration somewhat casual too. Therefore, you would not need to wear wedding clothes twice.
E-Conference or Streaming Online Wedding.
Assuming you still want invitees at your wedding ceremony – you can keep everything online.
You are able to have your guests be present online. Obviously, you’ll a streaming or conference application like Skype or Microsoft teams or social media “Live” options such as Facebook or Instagram. Thus, you would not have to share food, toasts, and maintain social distancing, etc..
However, if the previous options don’t suit you, then you’ll have to cancel your wedding. And in that case…
Third – In Case You’re Cancelling: Be Sure to Inform All Guests.
You probably have a guest list ready. For the foreseeable future, that’ll be your contact list for cancellations.
The easiest members to inform are family and friends. You can contact them by phone, or send them updated “save the date” cards as a reminder. Most stationary vendors such as Minted are offering free or discounted rates to update notice cards due to the pandemic.
As for guests that are hard to reach, we recommend 1 or 2 measures.
First – Social Media Updates.
Post a sticky update on your profile, and that of your loved ones. Mention clearly that your wedding ceremony is being cancelled or delayed.
Also, don’t forget to throw in a date in your sticky post. This ensures that any potential guest knows to change their calendar schedule.
Second – Essential Guest Checklist.
Simply narrow your guest list and contact each essential guest one-by-one and cross them off your list. And in that case, sending mail cards, email, or SMS updates are best.
Final Note – Postponing your wedding might have its hidden blessings.
You can take the time to plan your special day even further. It’s a chance to explore a multitude of ways to setup your special day!
And that’s something we recommend doing – at least until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control and safe to presume normal activities.