Recently, we have been getting asked a number of questions regarding how to reschedule a wedding. With the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty that has come with it, rescheduling has, unfortunately, become increasingly more common as couples are being forced to postponing their big day. In order to alleviate some of the stress of anyone going through a postponement, we wanted to share our answers to some of the more frequently asked questions we get asked about how to start the process of rescheduling. While most of the answers below are wedding-specific, they hopefully should be helpful for any event you are working on rescheduling.
What is the first thing I should do?
Reach out to your vendors. This is such a unique and different situation that the best thing to do is to get in touch with your vendor team and see how you might be able to reschedule with them. All vendors are handling the situation differently and, in our experience, many are trying to make the process as easy as possible for couples during this time.
What should I be looking for in my contracts?
Many vendors have outlined cancellation policies in their contracts, but keep in mind that a cancellation is not the same as a rescheduling or a postponement. Some vendor contracts may have something noted about their rescheduling policies, which you should definitely keep an eye out for, but given the circumstances and the uniqueness of the situation, we have been seeing a lot of vendors be more flexible and make adjustments. If you have a wedding planner, they may be able to help you coordinate with your vendors and find a date that works for as many parties as possible.
How do I communicate a postponed wedding?
We have a blog post up outlining how couples can communicate a change of date. There are a number of options we talk about in our post, but one is a change the date card you can mail to your guests (like this one from Zola.com, that you can buy separately or you can order for free with any Save The Date and invitation purchases from their website).
We hope that this has given you some help and guidance with regards to rescheduling. We know that this is such a difficult process to go through, and our hearts go out to all couples that have had to navigate postponing their wedding.
If you have any other questions or if there is any way we might be able to help, please let us know! In the meantime, please stay safe and stay healthy!