Postpone or Changing a Wedding Style
Deciding to Reschedule or Reimagine Your Wedding
BHLDN bride Melanee Shale recently postponed her wedding in Italy due to COVID-19 and got married at city hall. She told us, “Planning a wedding is stressful in and of itself, add on a global disaster and at times it seems impossible…Check in with your future spouse to find out what each [of you] really wants. Once you know, you can start outlining your possible options.”
Countless brides like Melanee are facing similar decisions, and unanticipated change can be scary! If unexpected circumstances mean you’re changing your wedding plans, start with these three steps:
Remember that your partner is by your side! You’ll be able to tackle this together.
Decide whether you’d prefer to postpone your wedding or keep your date with an alternative wedding ceremony.
Keep an eye on CDC guidelines for gatherings and events, to make sure your new plans can happen.
If You Choose to Postpone Until Later
Most vendors (and airlines, if you were planning a destination wedding!) are understanding of the need to reschedule during this time of uncertainty. Here are a few reasons to consider postponing:
1) It may be possible to keep the same venue and vendors for a new date.
2) Postponing can help to protect you financially, because you may be able to transfer deposits and payments you’ve already made.
3) You’ll still get to celebrate with everyone you love, just a little later than expected!
If You Choose to Keep the Date & Change the Style
If your date has a special meaning to the two of you, have options for alternative ceremonies in mind to say ‘I do’ on the day you planned. Here are a few things to consider:
City Hall: If city hall is open where you are, consider getting married with a photographer and just postpone your wedding reception to celebrate with friends and family later.
Keep It Small: If you’ve got a close friend who is ordained, have a tiny ceremony in your own home!
Elope: If you’ve been pondering the idea of eloping, now could be the perfect time!
Go Digital: Still want your guests to experience this moment with you? Stream your ceremony or have a virtual reception with a playlist so everyone can dance along.
No Matter What, Communicate
Your partner, family, wedding party, and vendors are eager to support you as your plans change, so lean on them when you need help. “Open, honest communication is KEY during this process,” says Emily Gordon, founder of Pittsburgh’s Em & E Events. “Vendors are doing everything we can to help our booked clients reschedule their weddings!” Regardless of whether you choose to reschedule or reimagine, it will be a day to celebrate your love.