Postponing your wedding is a heartbreaking decision. But while it’s something no couple ever wants to do, in some situations, changing the date is unavoidable. Whether it’s due to a natural disaster, a family emergency, or the current coronavirus crisis, it’s important to get the word out to your guests as soon as possible. Even if you haven’t yet finalized a new date or venue, you’ll want to explain the situation in a way that is clear and reassuring, and that lets guests know you’re still excited for your big day.
Start by calling your family members and inner circle. If the wedding is scheduled within the next two months, time is of the essence, so you should first inform the rest of your guests by email. You then want to update your wedding website. While optional, it’s also a nice idea to send out a wedding postponement announcement by mail. But what should it say? The wording you use will depend on the situation and message you want to send. Read on for some ideas for how to word your wedding postponement announcement.
If you have confirmed your new date:
The marriage of [NAME] and [NAME] has been postponed until [NEW DATE]. Invitation and details to follow.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to reschedule our wedding to take place on [NEW DATE]. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will still be able to celebrate with us.
Save our NEW wedding date! [NEW DATE] We can’t wait to celebrate with you.
If you don’t have a new date yet:
Due to circumstances out of our control, we regret to announce that we have postponed our wedding. We apologize for any inconvenience to you and we thank you for your understanding. We will share updated details as soon as possible!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our wedding. New details to follow soon.
After careful consideration, and in light of current events, we have decided to postpone our wedding. We look forward to celebrating safely at a future date. Please stay tuned for details!
If you are postponing the celebration but not the ceremony:
Due to current circumstances, we have decided to hold a small private ceremony on our scheduled wedding date, [DATE]. We will be holding a reception soon. More details of this celebration to follow.
In light of the current situation, we have decided to elope. We look forward to celebrating our marriage with you at a future date. Details to come soon.
If all of these sound too formal for you, you can always have fun with it too. Don’t be afraid to put together a pun, share a rhyme, or inject a bit of humor into your postponement announcement, if that feels right to you.
One final tip – be sure to ask guests to RSVP digitally as opposed to sending paper RSVP cards with your wedding postponement announcement. This will help to avoid confusion and make guest list management easier.
Now let’s start the countdown to that shiny NEW wedding date!
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