March 20, 2020

How to Postpone Your Wedding

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So many couples have had to postpone their wedding due to COVID-19. If you’re one of them, please know that you are not alone. Here are some steps to ensure you have a smooth transition.

Consider your options.

If your original wedding plans aren’t going to work out, you have a few options. You can move your exact plans to another date (that’s what these steps will help you do!), you can change to an intimate elopement, or you can cancel. I would discourage the latter – I’d hate for you to miss out on your wedding completely, and it could mean a financial loss with non-refundable retainers.

Some couples have opted to elope with a smaller group of their closest friends and family. If you’d like to do this, please adhere to your region’s recommendations on gatherings to stay safe and healthy!

If you are ready to be married but want your big wedding, I have good news: you can have your cake and eat it, too! I had a couple who decided to elope in downtown Las Vegas (Check out Jessie & Edwin’s blog post here!) and they will be having their big wedding celebration in 2021. That felt right for them, and it proves that you don’t have to wait for your wedding to get married if you don’t want to!

If your wedding is soon, act now.

If you are considering postponing, I would recommend not waiting very much longer to begin the process. Weddings are being postponed left and right, which means many couples are claiming new dates in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

If you have a preference for your new wedding date, start reaching out to your vendors and key guests to make sure that you everyone will be able to adjust to your new date.

Notify your guests.

Even if you don’t have the exact plans yet, make sure to let your guests know that your original wedding isn’t moving forward. They need to be able to cancel any travel or childcare that may have been in place for your wedding.

There are many options for “wedding postponement” announcements on Etsy! Here are a few of my favorites:

PalmPaperieDIY
IvyPaigeInvitations
SarahCurranDesigns

Reach out to your vendors.

Time is of the essence when it comes to rescheduling with your vendors. As stated above, lots of postponements are as each day passes. The sooner you can let your vendors know and get an idea of their availability, the more likely you will be able to lock in your new preferred date!

From a Las Vegas wedding photographer herself, I ask you to have grace with your vendors during this time. We are devastated for our couples, and we are also trying to figure out how to navigate this situation. For so many of us, this is our livelihoods. From what I’ve seen, the vendors around me have been extremely flexible, but please understand that we have contracts in order to protect the businesses that we’ve built.

I hope these steps were helpful!

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Katelyn "Faye" is a wedding photographer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She specializes in taking a candid, documentary approach to capturing your day exactly how you planned it to be - all of the love, the fun and the details.

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