Couples around the world are making the hard decision to delay their wedding date, and I absolutely understand the heartache that comes with such a choice. It’s okay to grieve what’s lost and take time for you, but remember that you’re not alone — lean on your friends, family, and vendors as you begin your journey to plan your new wedding date.
First thing’s first! You want to notify everyone of your decision. Start with your wedding party and family — they’ll be eager to support you and may help you send updates to the rest of your guests. Even if you don’t have a new date chosen, it’s important to notify all of your guests that the original plan has changed. They’ll be relieved to know they can safely celebrate your special day at another time.
Once your guests are set, call your vendors to confirm that your date is changing. Review your contracts to see what their policies are for rescheduling your wedding, then clarify this policy with each vendor. Many are waiving fees for rescheduled dates and want to help you celebrate your dream wedding — just make sure you get any contract updates in writing to keep everyone on the same page. Your wedding planner will be a huge help in this process.
Now that everyone knows the plan is changing, it’s time to get to planning. Decide which vendor is most important to you — this will likely be your venue, so call them first to discuss what dates are available. You may have a tough time getting a Saturday date, but it never hurts to ask! Once you’ve settled on a few options, it’s time to call the rest of your vendors and finalize a date. There’s a chance you won’t be able to keep all of your vendors. In this case, you likely won’t get your deposit back. Keep track of these additional fees and expenses so you can maintain an accurate budget as you plan.
After a lot of phone calls and organizing, you officially have a new wedding date — congratulations! You can send out your new invites and enjoy the coming months knowing that you still get to marry the love of your life, and you have even more time to prepare your perfect wedding.
-By Guest Writer Briana Marvell, for Zola.com. can be a great resource for change-the-date-cards and anything else you need to plan your wedding. You can see their full guide here.
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