There is no doubt that postponing your wedding will be one of the more stressful events in your life. Wedding planning is stressful enough as it is.
Everything feels so uncertain now that the wedding you’ve been planning for so long needs to be postponed or cancelled. You’re understandably feeling sad, angry, and maybe a little depressed. And all those feelings are totally 100% justified.
You’ve suffered a loss and should grieve. When you are ready to begin again, below are a few questions to consider when postponing your wedding.
What does our wedding insurance cover?
Wedding insurance is meant to protect you in the event of a postponement or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. Ideally, you’ll want to sign up for this when you begin putting down deposits with your vendors.
Look over your policy carefully to see what’s included and what’s excluded. In cases of postponing due to COVID-19, wedding insurance companies will most likely assess each claim on a case-by-case basis with respect to your policy.
Will we lose our deposit?
It really depends on the contracts with your vendors. Unfortunately, most deposits are non-refundable. Be sure to carefully review each vendor contract to see what options are available to you.
Vendors and suppliers want your business and will work to keep it. If you are thinking about postponing, or need to postpone, reach out to your vendors and ask how you can work together to find a solution that will benefit both parties.
What is the best way to inform OUR guests?
This will depend on your guests and how they will best receive the information. If most of your guests have a smartphone, consider an electronic change the date announcement.
There is also the possibility of sending out a new save the date or a change of plans card through the mail. If you don’t want to do anything fancy, a no frills email or text message will work just as well.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to inform your guests as soon as possible so everyone is in the loop. This is especially important if you have guests traveling to your wedding. Be sure to give them enough time to cancel their travel plans.
Should we consider a week day, instead of weekend, when rescheduling?
It’s important to be flexible when rescheduling your wedding day. With all the spring weddings that have been cancelled or postponed, it is sure to be a busy summer/fall wedding season!
Remember to be flexible and keep your options open. There’s nothing wrong with getting married in the middle of the week if your family and friends are available. Bonus if all of your vendors are available too!
Should we go ahead with the wedding anyway?
Another option is to go ahead with the wedding as planned. If you decide to have the wedding and want to include family and friends, consider live streaming your wedding like this couple.
With social media these days, it’s never been easier to live stream an event via Facebook, Zoom, etc.
While there are many options to consider when postponing/cancelling your wedding, make sure you go ahead with the option that is right for you and your spouse. After all, it is your day.