Dealing with postponing your wedding can be a daunting and overwhelming task, am I right? in order to help you navigate this process, we have put together a short guide to walk you through the process and to ensure you have all of your basis covered.
Also, keep in mind that you don't need to officially pick a date yet, if you are not ready. There is absolutely nothing wrong with putting things on hold for a month. Just keep in mind that if you are looking to reschedule your wedding this Fall, it is going to be a busy time for weddings. Vendors are going to book quicker than normal and if there are key vendors you want to keep or book for your day, you may want to start that process in the next few weeks.
Step One. Reach out to your venue about availability
Your venue is the biggest piece of the day and it's important that you find out their availability first. Be aware that they may pretty booked up for the rest of the year and my not have your ideal dates available. I want you to remember that this is okay. It's okay to get married in the winter and it's okay to get married on a Friday. You and your guests will still enjoy the day; I promise!
Step Two. Pick 2 - 3 Potential Dates
Once you know your venue's availability you can pick out your top 2-3 new dates.
Step Three. Email all of your vendors and ask which dates they are available
You want to give your vendors options, so that you can find the date that as many of your vendors have available as possible. Keep in mind, that if they are not available, that means getting out of a contract and finding a new vendor.
Step Four. Pick A New Date!
Step Five. Update Vendors & Ask For Updated Contracts
Once you select a new date, you need to keep your vendors in the loop, so that they can add it to their calendar. You are also going to want to get updated contracts or addendums from ALL of your vendors. This is going to make sure everyone is on the same page in regards to dates, terms and payment. This also keeps everything 'legal' and protects you in case there are any issues.
Step Six. Have conversations with vendors who are NOT available on your new date
I recommend starting this process by reviewing each vendor's contract in order to understand how they handle these situations. Once you do that, you should reach out to those vendors to ask how they are handling these situations right now.
Also, once you come to an agreement, be sure they are sending you a cancellation agreement or contract addendum to make it 'official.'
Step Seven. Let all your guests know!
First and foremost, know that your guests are going to understand and are going to be okay with all the adjustments you are making.
Step Eight. Book any remaining vendors.
If you are rescheduling your wedding for this Fall, I want you to be aware that it is going to be a very busy time for vendors. If there are vendors that are a high priority to you, I recommend reaching out sooner rather than later.