Despite our best intentions, stuff happens — and we’re forced to adjust as part of a new reality.
Luckily, there are ways to overcome these bumps in the road, including when a pandemic strikes and you’re forced to reschedule your wedding.
Sound familiar? Here’s what you can do to keep friends, family, and everyone else in the loop, even when life doesn’t go according to plan.
Wedding Party Meeting
Nobody wants to have to make a monumental decision all alone. Thus, when you and your fiancé are put in the position of postponing or changing your wedding date, make sure to get your family and wedding party together to hash out all the nitty-gritty details. Of course, a change in date may mean some of your wedding party or family members might not be able to be part of your big day going forward. But by getting your wedding VIPs all in one place, in-person or virtually, and chatting about a new date, everyone will become involved and have a say in the decision-making process. This also guarantees no one feels left out.
Vows to Vendors
Being forced to change your wedding date isn’t just an inconvenience for you; it’s also a challenge and disruption for your vendors. While most vendors will understand, make sure to notify them immediately if you plan to change your wedding date. In some cases, your primary vendors may not be able to accommodate you on your new date. If this happens, ask them for trusted references. But whatever the case may be, don’t be a bridezilla and, instead, be kind and try to find a solution that works for both parties.
When it comes to finding up-to-date wedding information, the first place your guests will likely go is your wedding website. When finalizing the new date and all of the new logistics, be sure to take time to make note of any changes on your website. This can be as simple as a banner on the homepage. Later, you might need to add additional information relating to accommodations and new locations, as well as the time of the ceremony, if they are affected.
The quickest — and also the easiest — way to get the word out about a postponement or change of date is by email. Wedding planning experts advise sending out an email blast to guests as soon as you know of the change of date. You can use this method to share the new date or get the word out about one that’s to be determined. While you can detail why things are changing, etiquette says that you don’t always have to. Do what feels most natural and comfortable for you and your betrothed.
This more traditional option is an elegant way to keep all your wedding guests informed about the date change of your impending nuptials. It’s your wedding, after all. And if you’ve long dreamed of a wedding with all the traditional trimmings, it’s easy to see why a save-the-date announcement would be ideal. When announcing a date change, keep your save-the-date cards positive, light, and informative. Be sure to announce the new date and location, regardless of whether the locale has changed.
Keeping Everyone in the Loop is Easier than You Think
Soon you’ll be hearing wedding bells. Until then, use these savvy tips to keep your bridal party and wedding guests up to date on any last-minute changes. From quick-and-easy email blasts to traditional save-the-dates, keeping everyone informed is easy with these tips.