How to: Rescheduling a Wedding
Picture this, You’ve spent your entire life waiting for the day you fall for the love of your life. You’ve spent days picturing what you’ll wear on your wedding day, what your flowers will look like, and who your bridesmaids will be. After years of searching for “the one”, you finally get engaged! How exciting, right?! But of course, the universe has to come and shake things up a bit. If you’re a bride who was supposed to get married in 2020, we feel for you! Trying to plan or reschedule a wedding in such a hectic time can be so overwhelming.
Luckily, we’ve begun a new series on our blog with tips for all our Covid brides! Last week, we gave tips on how to execute the perfect Zoom wedding . This week, we’re talking about how to reschedule your wedding with ease, so when the time comes, you can celebrate your wedding in a safe and fun way!
Here are a few tips for rescheduling the big day:
1.) Let your vendors know what the plan is as soon as possible
In the instance of replanning your wedding, the first thing you should do is let your vendors know what the plan is. They’re the ones helping you coordinate a smooth and most special day for you, so they kind of need to know if your plans will change or if your wedding date will be moved. Keep in mind that most vendors are small businesses, and they probably have a lot of calls coming in regarding the ever changing rules of the pandemic, so try to be patient.
2.) Create a plan to keep your guests in the loop
Utilizing a wedding website will make this process much easier. Websites like The Knot and WeddingWire will help you organize your guests contact information and keep them in the know. When letting your guests know that your plan is changing, a simple message with a list of frequently asked questions is your best bet. That way, your guests have all their questions answered. If they have more specific questions pertaining to themselves, they can contact you, of course.
3.) Be flexible and have a few options
You may not be able to secure your perfect date or location when rescheduling your wedding as so many people are in the same boat. However, this is the perfect time to be flexible. Look at the bright side! You will have ample time to further perfect your wedding dream. Pick a season, maybe the same season your wedding would have been on your canceled date. All your plans for that season would still work perfectly! Just be flexible with your dates for that season. Have up to 3 dates prepared for rescheduling. Or, if you had in mind a different idea for the setting of your wedding, this would be a great time to switch up the vibe of your wedding that you’re rescheduling. You'll have countless hours you can spend on Pinterest in the meantime to help keep you occupied this winter.
4.) It’s ok to take time to lament
It’s completely okay to take time to lament what could have been. I mean, you wait your entire life for your wedding only to have to wait a bit longer! It can be frustrating and stressful all at once. Take this downtime you have now that you’re replanning your wedding and use it to come to terms with the reality of this new world we’re living in, and then spend some quality time with your future spouse. You two are going through this together, so lean on each other and ask for support when you need it.
5.) Can’t wait? Elope or go to city hall
So many couples are eager to get married and don’t care about the celebration. Or, vice-versa, they are eager to get married and want to postpone just the family celebration. You can do both! If what matters to you the most, is your union, then just get married. The family celebration can wait until next year. Focus on what makes you happy first and then you can plan accordingly. Getting your marriage license now, could mean not paying extra money to your officiant for all the paperwork.
No matter what, your wedding will happen. And when it does, you’ll be able to celebrate together with family and friends and appreciate your health and happiness that much more! Your wedding day is going to feel so special and exciting when it arrives, but in the meantime, stay healthy and enjoy this downtime with your future spouse. You got this!