How to Communicate a Change of Date
Given current events and the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to take some time to share a few resources that will help couples communicate "change of date" updates if they have decided to postpone their wedding during this difficult and stressful time. We understand how heartbreaking postponing a wedding can be, and we hope that these tips and resources help make one aspect of that process a little bit easier.
Update Your Website
Regardless of how you decide to inform your guests of the date change, making sure to update your wedding website (if you have one) as well is important. Guests use wedding websites to get updates, directions, information on your registry, etc. and letting anyone who visits your site know of your date change can help spread the message. Keeping your central communication hub up-to-date will help eliminate any potential questions or confusion.
Gather Guest Email Addresses
The fastest, easiest, and most cost-effective way to update all of your guests is via email. We recommend gathering all of your guests' email addresses and sending a mass email to let them know of the sudden change. Even if you plan on sending an updated invitation or Save The Date in the mail, sending an email as well will ensure that everyone gets the message. Additionally, having everyone's email addresses on file gives you a quick way to contact guests directly in the event that you don't get an updated RSVP.
Change the Date Cards
Many stationers have created beautiful Change The Date cards for couples to inform guests that their wedding has been postponed. Here are some of our favorite options:
Jesmarried.com not only has printed cards that you can order, but she also has free editable PDFs that you can download, edit, and print at home.
Brides.com has an amazing list of Change the Date cards that you can order on Etsy like this one from SweetCloudDesign.
Zola.com has a selection of Change The Date cards like this one that you can buy separately or you can order for free with any Save The Date and invitation purchases from their website. They also have a helpful guide for COVID-19 wedding planning.
Invitation or Save The Date Inserts
If you already have your invitations or Save The Dates printed and ready to go, you can still send them out but add a "change of date" insert so that you don't have to reprint everything. You can certainly buy an insert to match your invitation suite or choose a new design from a stationer, but if you are looking for a more cost-effective option, as mentioned previously, Zola will include them free if you have already purchased Save The Dates or invitations with them and Jesmarried has a free template that you can print out yourself and insert in each envelope.
We hope that you found this helpful if you are currently working through plans to postpone your wedding. We know how difficult this kind of change can be and our hearts go out to all couples going through this added stress during their wedding planning process.
Stay healthy and stay safe!