Naturally, there are things we don’t have control over, and we can’t have a plan B for everything. For example, the coronavirus outbreak has forced many engaged couples to postpone their wedding. While it’s hard to come to terms with what’s happening, health bodies are agreeing that postponing weddings may help stop the spread of the virus. The WHO encourages the general public to limit group gathering to no more than ten people. In an effort to help the brides and grooms on how to postpone their wedding, below we’ve outlined ways on how to go about it.

Review All the Contracts

Hoping you have a file with all the contracts from various vendors, go through them to see their cancellation terms. Understand the amount you stand to lose if you postpone your wedding. After signing the contracts give them back to the vendors. Even for the vendors with strict cancellation rules, you might get some money back since your cancellation is a result of a natural disaster.

In the event that you don’t understand some clauses, have a friend or lawyer go through them and help you know what you’re dealing with. If you’re lucky, some vendors will be more than happy to take part in your wedding planning later on after the pandemic.

Let All the Supplies Know

Start by calling the wedding venue provider and let them know that you will be rescheduling for a later date. Call other vendors such as the wedding planner immediately and stop them from going any further. If they haven’t started the preparations yet, they might be able to avoid your contract completely or put it on hold. Either way, you must let them know so that you can work together to come up with a date that works.

Notify Your Guests

Once you’ve decided to postpone your wedding, it’s only fair to let the wedding guests know that they no longer need to save the date. Since everyone is aware that we are experiencing a world crisis, they’ll probably understand and be happy you made a reasonable choice to postpone your wedding. Let them know that you will be having a new wedding website so that they can have a place to view new details. If your guest had already started wedding preparation like booking hotels, go ahead and call the hotel as soon as possible to cancel the reservation. While you might not give your guest a refund on money spend buying dresses and suits, you can help them to save on hotel bookings. You might be able to save them a couple of dollars.

Be Flexible on Rescheduling

Postponing your wedding is probably the hardest thing to do, but rescheduling can be tough as well. When planning for a new wedding keep an open mind and be flexible with the dates. You might be forced to choose a weekday or even a different season. Don’t be too hard on yourself, go into it with the same positivity you did on your first round of wedding planning. You might be surprised to enjoy the entire process better this time.”

Celebrate on Your Intended Wedding Date

Obviously, the wedding date you had planned may not work at this time, but you still need to make most of it and celebrate that intended day. Throw yourself and your soon-to-be spouse a little celebration to honor that day. Cook your best meal, buy some cake and party, after all, it was supposed to be your wedding day! Yes, there will be no bells and whistles that would have been there, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be awesome.

Take Time to Grieve

Allow yourself to get upset about having to postpone or reschedule your wedding. Take time to grieve the situation and get back on your feet. It took a lot of work and effort to plan your big day, and it’s hard to give it up, considering it’s not because of personal issues. Have someone to talk to, be it your partner, mom, or a therapist, whoever makes you feel better through bad times. After venting, you will feel fine.


Although a few states are beginning to reopen businesses, it’s impossible to predict when traveling and the full-fledged wedding will be safe. Health offices predict a “second wave” of coronavirus in fall and winter. At this point, it’s safe to say that any wedding in 2020 will look and feel differently, whether it happens in a small gathering or as you’d dreamed later on. Alternatively, virtual weddings might be the change that the wedding industry needs. It’s cost-effective, and it could help people who may not be able to travel be at their wedding.

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