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News is continuously being updated on suggestions that the CDC has for Americans. I just read where the CDC is saying to keep your groups around 10 people or less. Many venues and vendors are officially rescheduling weddings for a later date. So, how do you keep calm and plan on? Here’s what to do if your wedding is postponed.
Here is my shameless plug for photographers everywhere. Call us first. We are always in touch with every vendor you could think of. Let us help facilitate these hard conversations with multiple vendors. Speaking for other photographers, we are more than happy to take the stress of this off your plate.
Reach out and let us know that you need help rescheduling your day. Send us the following information so that we can help you plan the most EPIC second wedding date ever!
1. Send us a list of current vendors/contact info
2. Send us your list of potential wedding dates
3. Sit back and relax! Seriously!
We vendors are all on the same page and want to help make your day the best! We know it is stressful and we can aide you during this time!
Once you have officially decided to postpone, it’s time to decide on a new forever date! Consider how far out you are wanting to postpone. While many are currently looking to schedule something in the summer, some are even looking into fall or the next year. See when you and your families are available. Reach out to your venue and photographer to see if they are available. Then reach out to other important vendors.
Now get in touch with your current venue. Consider options such as week day weddings during peek season time. A week day may even help lower costs at some venues.
If your current venue is booked up, reach out to other local venues that you love. Look locally and then expand your search. Keep in mind that many other bride and grooms are probably reaching out to your venue too. Be patient and calm, it will all work out!
Consider reaching out to your other vendors. Ask them if they are available for the chosen date(s). Expect some of them not to be. It may happen. See which date is mostly available and go from there.
A list of other vendors that you may need to talk to includes:
1. Hair Stylists
3. Makeup Artists
8. Wedding Coordinator
9. Cake/Dessert Baker
12. Photo Booth
13. Tux/Bridal Boutiques/Alterations
14. Honeymoon Trips/Travel Agents
With rescheduling weddings, it’s almost inevitable that all of your vendors will not be available for new dates. Some vendors may have different policies on refunds. Some of your deposits may not be returned. Accept it for what it is. We are all trying to do our best and make your day the best! We want to be there for your day but because of the reschedule, they might not be able to accommodate. Everyone is trying to do whats best for everyone! Keep calm and plan on! Ask questions about new contracts, stay informed!
Due to additional costs, be open to delaying your wedding a few extra months.
This may be a time to consider your alternatives. Maybe you had a big wedding planned, but want more of an intimate feel. Maybe you need a big vacation after all of this craziness and want to elope or have a destination wedding? We are totally here for that! Ha! I think all of us will be ready for a vacation!
But really, consider alternatives if you are wanting something different. Consult with your vendors and family to see what’s best for you. Ask your fiance what they think. Make a decision based on what YOU TWO want for your wedding day. Ultimately this day is about the two of you. Remember that!
Your guests probably already know it’s coming. They already have a feeling your wedding is postponed. When you feel ready, reach out to them. We suggest emailing your immediate family and friends first. That way, they can also help spread the news. Heck, this may be a great time to give your MOH her first duty! Ask her to email/contact your guest list! A simple note is enough! Create a note in Canva and send it right out!
So, many will say. Who cares if your wedding was supposed to be in the spring and now it’s in the winter. Keep the details the same. Everyone will understand! Honestly, this may be the cheapest route. But, we know so many of you might be feeling like that wont work. So if you feel like you can’t do that, then it’s time to start finding new inspiration. Enlist the help of your friends and family once you have decided on your new date or venue. You’ve got this! Plus, look on the bright side. Now you can create your best day ever, twice! Okay, I know probably not too exciting. But still kinda cool! Not many people will say they planned a beautiful wedding twice! So even though your wedding is postponed, keep an open mind!
Listen, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You do not have to plan your wedding in a day. Honestly, you can put it to the side for a while if you want! Everyone understands if you are feeling overwhelmed. Don’t rush into decisions just because you feel forced to. Seriously. You can take your time, EVERYONE understands!
Now, go get a glass of wine, or 5 and get ready to fully enjoy another round of wedding planning. This is more time to connect with your spouse. This is a time to go try more cake. Take a deep breath. Although your wedding is postponed, stay calm and plan on!