Firstly, if you are reading this, I hope you and your family are safe & well.It’s safe to say that we are all living an emotional rollercoaster at the moment with the coronavirus (COVID-19) changing the way in how we live, celebrate and entertain ourselves.As we are all hearing about COVID-19 coronavirus on the news, on social media and amongst family & friends, my heart especially goes out to the couples who are trying to understand how this affects their weddings.And if you are reading this blog, it’s most probably affecting you, especially if you are considering the reality of cancelling or postponing your wedding after many months, if not more than a year of planning!
Whether you still need to book your wedding, are finding yourself needing to postpone your wedding or if you need to change the date of your wedding, please see below some ideas of what you could do.
Get in contact with your venue. They will take the lead in advising you about their current operations during the times where there are government restrictions or lockdowns. Hopefully there are neither when you are planning your wedding, but still good to have the COVID conversation with them.Contact your wedding suppliersChat with each of your vendors and ask them about their COVID policy or what they would do if restrictions or a lockdown was to affect them on your wedding date? If you have made the decision to postpone your wedding, the next thing you will need to consider is to contact all of your other wedding suppliers to let them know and discuss postponement plans. You will find that your suppliers will work with you to reschedule to a new date if they are available. A lot of suppliers are finding themselves booking out quickly for future dates so possibly a weekday wedding is an option.Inform your guestsEven if you don’t have a new date to postpone too, send your guests a digital notice, email or text message to let them know that your original wedding date will no longer be going ahead.I have designed a few different styles of notices here that you are more than welcome to use if you like.
If you have a new postponement date, I would suggest sending out ‘Change the Date’ cards if you have already sent your invitations to your guests. Your wedding stationer will be able to help you with these, in fact, if you are a White Cherry Invitations client (current or in the future) you will receive FREE Change the Date cards if your wedding is postponed due to COVID-19.This card acts like a save the date card but can have the ability to include a little bit more info if your ceremony or reception venues need to change.
By sending out save the date cards, you can inform your guests about your upcoming wedding date and not worry about sending out the complete invitation suite while you are still a little unsure about whether your wedding will go ahead or not. The cost of a save the date card costs far less than a complete wedding invitation suite.It’s kind of like a happy medium in a situation like this. Then in the case that your wedding needs to be postponed, you know that your wedding invitations have not gone out to your guests with the incorrect wedding details and you don’t need to worry about sending formal ‘change the date’ cards. Once your new date is confirmed, the invitation acts as the change the date notice. View save the date cards here