COVID-19 has been a challenge for all of us but if you have been planning your wedding to take place in the next few months, you may feel like it’s impacted you as much as anyone. Making the difficult decision to postpone or temporarily cancel your wedding is devastating. Not only are you dealing with the emotional ramifications, you are also left with figuring out all the logistics and there isn’t really a play book for this.
Believe it or not, postponing weddings happens all the time for a number of reasons. Most of your vendors have policies in place to deal with cancellations and postponements so if you plan to postpone your wedding, the best thing to do is contact each vendor to talk with them directly to see what your options are.
Just as you are dealing with the emotions of postponing your wedding, your wedding guests are also left with a lot of questions and concerns. Depending on how soon your wedding was scheduled to take place, many of them may have already made travel arrangements, purchased gifts, lined up hotel rooms, etc. That is where sending some form of a change the date, or formal correspondence becomes very important.
Yes, you have a lot to deal with but this is something you cannot put off or forget about. Whether you choose to mail a physical card or letter or opt for some form of text or email, one thing is for sure. Regardless of the inconvenience, your guests will understand. Remember, we are all going through this together.
Ideally you’ll want to give your guests a heads up as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have a new date decided on just yet, letting your guests know that the original wedding will no longer take place is important. This is where a wedding website comes in super handy.
If you don’t have a new date right away, directing your guests to refer to your wedding website for updates at least gives them a place to check back to, then once you have a new date set, you can let your guests know through your website. This lets them feel like they are still in the loop and since the majority of your guests are also under stay-at-home orders, this will give them something to look forward to down the road.
We are all in this together. We are all trying to navigate our new normal together. If I can say nothing else, this is what I want you to know… Your wedding will still take place, maybe not on the day you wanted but it will happen. You will be able to celebrate with all those you love and your life together will begin, it just may take a little longer to get there. Even though it’s hard, try to find the silver lining. I know there is one.