Changing Your Wedding Date 101

Published 10/02/2020

Written by Guest Blogger Haley Lyles

The last thing you want to hear when planning your wedding is that it may need to be postponed. We often have such high expectations when it comes to wedding planning, in which everything needs to be perfect. Unfortunately, life happens and some things fall out of control. All we can do is make the best of it and continue moving forward.

This is easier said than done, so don’t worry if you still feel upset down the line. Keep in mind that everything happens for a reason when you’re making all these changes. We’ve created the following checklist to make your life a little easier when changing your wedding date

1. Inform People of the Change

It’s important to keep people in the loop when it comes to the big day. Start by reaching out to the contractors involved in planning the wedding. They need to know if they should put a pause on their work and/or adjust deadlines. If you wait too long to let them know, you may run into some additional fines.

Once this is done, reach out to the people you’re closest to. This can include family, life-long friends, and those that are part of your wedding. Any change to the date will also affect them, so it’s important to show you’re thinking about them first. Considering this group includes your loved ones, they may also feel upset if you let other guests know before them. The last thing to do is let all other guests know so that they can plan their schedules accordingly.

2. Work on Adjusting Previous Plans

Some people may have had travel plans already to come to your wedding. When you’re sharing the bad news, let them know that you’re here to help them with any inconveniences. You can support them by helping reschedule, or show them how to go about getting money back from travel and accommodation plans. 

Remember to work with your contractors as well. It can be easy to forget they’re running a business on their own, so any changes in your plans can also affect their productivity. You may need to pay extra costs for them to accommodate your new plans. If you have a wedding insurance policy set up, it can help you out with this as well. Reach out to the company you’re working with for more information, as each policy is different.

3. Work on Your New Wedding Date

This is the time to get excited after feeling upset about old plans falling through. Pick a new date for your celebration, and start planning everything around this new date. Hopefully, the contractors you were working with can still make it. If not, work on finding new people as soon as possible. 

Once the initial planning is all set up, let your guests know what the new wedding date is. If you let them know promptly, they may be able to reschedule their previous travel plans for an added fee. Remember to also update all your invitations with the new wedding date to make sure everyone is on the same page.

This may not be the ideal way to plan your wedding, but it won’t make your day any less special. Life can be very unpredictable, as you may know already. Remember to stay positive and calm throughout the entire process. All this hard work now will pay off once it’s time for your wedding.