Rescheduling Your Wedding Day is a guest post by Danielle Deebank from Dreamstyle Weddings.
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Rescheduling Your Wedding Day
First of all, take a deep breath. This is an unfamiliar time for all of us but know that you are not alone. There are many couples that are being faced with the difficult decision to postpone their wedding and there are many vendors that are working very hard to accommodate all of their clients. Please understand that all of your vendors are equally heartbroken that we are in this situation and we want to do everything we can to guide you through these tough times.
Secondly, Don’t Panic… I know, I know easier said than done, especially with all of the uncertainty around the world right now. But take a step back and look at the bigger picture. You and your partner are still getting married, it just might not be on your original date. If your wedding is in the next few weeks you are likely rescheduling your wedding day right now, if you still have some time then try not to worry just yet but talk with your partner about potential back up plans so you are both on the same page if the time comes.
Step 1: Talk to your venue!
This is the first step. Since this is a constantly changing situation, we don’t know how long this will be our new normal; things are changing day by day. Start by asking your venue what their plan is and if postponing your date is an option at this time. Some may not be able to provide you with an answer just yet as they are rescheduling events in order of sequence. If this is the case for you and your heart is set on this space, then be patient with them as they navigate this process.
Step 2: Picking a new date!
Ask your venue for a few dates that are open, then reach out to your current vendor team to see if they are available. Since there is a chance that your whole team may not be able to accommodate the change look at the whole picture when deciding on the new date. Think about the vendors that are your top priority to have with you on your special day. Think about the financial impact if a particular vendor is unable to be there.
Step 3: Informing everyone of your new date!
Inform all of your vendors of the date change and request an updated contract with them. (If they are unavailable on your new date, see tips below for suggestions on how to navigate this). Next inform your family, wedding party and guests. If you have a wedding website make sure this is updated right away and then you can decide if you are sending a change of date notice (a printed card, email, etc) or a new invitation suite. Re-invite your original guest list since your new date may now work for those that may have RSVP’d no.
Step 4: Revaluate your plans!
Now that you have a new date, confirmed venue and (hopefully) most of your vendors you can determine what is left to finish planning your postponed celebration. Start your sourcing process again to find the vendors to complete your team. Think about some potential changes that might occur to your current vendors and work with them to update your existing plan. If your wedding will now take place during a different time of year you may have to talk to your florist or caterer about what is in season. If you planned on summer tented wedding that will now happen in the fall you may need to consider heaters. Chat with your vendors and they should be able to help identify any updates or changes.
Step 5: Take a moment for you!
I have no doubts that this was a stressful time for you and your partner but you got through it. You pulled it off, you have successfully re-planned your wedding! Take a moment to celebrate that and look forward to your new date!
About Dreamstyle Weddings
Danielle Deebank from Dreamstyle Weddings has been planning and coordinating beautiful weddings since 2008. Danielle has a passion for weddings and loves being a part of your celebrations. Her goal is for you to truly be in the moment and celebrate with your family and friends. See more about Dreamstyle Wedding’s work in this article. Use the contact form below to reach Danielle directly.