First of all, I know this can be such an emotional time for you as a bride! Planning a wedding isn’t easy, but having to change your date with such short notice? Wow, I applaud you all!! I mean, who could have predicted a pandemic would sweep the world and take over your wedding day? Just remember, you’re doing all you can given the circumstances. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself right now, even though I know that can be difficult.
One of my amazing brides was in your shoes just last year. Due to some unpredictable circumstances she had to reschedule her wedding too, moving it from May 2020 to August 2020. I asked her to give y’all some of her best advice for rescheduling a wedding, and she delivered!! Read on for a bride’s, Ashley Olovich, and a photographer’s (me!!) advice for rescheduling your big day!
PS. If you were like me and just could not wait to get married, there are other options… 😉 Keep reading until the end for a surprise!
- Keep the peace.
When Ashley planned to reschedule her wedding day, the first thing she realized was that changing her date would create a much more peaceful wedding day. That mattered so much more in the long run than the timeline of when they got married. All in all, you only get this day once. You’ll want to look back on it and have all of the best memories!
- Contact your families & bridal party.
Even before checking with your vendors (I know that sounds crazy coming from a vendor lol!), check with your loved ones! Make sure that the most important guests are able to attend the new date you have in mind. After that, Ashley also checked to make sure no other big events interfered with their new date.
- Check with your vendors.
Now that you have a date in mind that works well with your loved ones, check in with your vendors. Especially check in about your contracts and make sure your deposit will transfer to your new date as well. Now, keep in mind, the new date might not work for all of your vendors. My suggestion would be to make a list of your most important vendors and check with them first. Whether that’s your venue, photographer, videographer, caterer, decorator, etc. If you have some options on dates, Ashley made a super helpful spreadsheet you could create to help visualize your vendor’s availability.
|Venue Availability||Photographer Availability||Caterer Availability|
|Date Option 1||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Date Option 2||No||Yes||No|
|Date Option 3||Yes||No||Yes|
- Finalize your new date & share with family and friends.
It’s official! You moved your date! Now you can breathe a sigh of relief…and have a glass of wine!
- Update your wedding website and invitations.
Don’t sweat if you’ve already sent out your invitations. Yes, you can always order more and send them out. But honestly, I would even recommend electronic invitations. Feel free to save a copy of your original invitations if you’d like your photographer to capture those still. After all, a lot of work goes into stationary too! But, if it makes things easier on you to send electronic invites, I say DO IT! Not to mention, you’ll save a ton of money on printing and postage.
A few final thoughts from our guest blogger and bride:
I think the most important thing is to do what makes you the most comfortable. If you have to change the date, it is okay to be emotional and frustrated. Find comfort in knowing that changing a date won’t erase all of your efforts, it just pushes them back. Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise to have more time to prepare or same more money. A delayed date does not change the relationship you and your future spouse share. In fact, it may make you stronger through overcoming obstacles together.
I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Now for a little exciting announcement I have coming soon…
If you are like me, I was SO ready to be married! If you’re reading this, I already know that you care more about creating a strong marriage rather than just a wedding day. We had a beautiful wedding day and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. But, if you ask my husband, he’ll even tell you that I would have eloped that last month or two before the big day!! There was something so exciting in the spontaneity of dropping everything and eloping with a few close family members and a couple of vendors.
So all of this to say that I’m now offering elopement packages!!! Ahh! If you made it all the way to the end, you are the first to know about this! Dates are very limited, so I’m opening it up to the select few that made it this far 🙂 Shoot me a message through the “contact” tab on my website or even just through Instagram to check on availability.
Hope y’all are hanging in there through the quarantine!