Your Guide to Sending Postponement Announcements If Your Wedding Date Changed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

We know that wedding planning during COVID-19 is an arduous task…but, we’re with you! The keyword is: PIVOT (Friends fans get it, right?!). Many couples planning their 2020/2021 weddings get it, too. Coronavirus is forcing couples to pivot their wedding plans into postponement. One huge detail to not let slip? Communicating with your wedding guests!

If you’re changing your wedding date, it’s important to let your guests know ASAP. First, call your family members and wedding attendants directly, so they can update their calendars. Next, inform the rest of your wedding guests about the date change via email. Time is of the essence, so the more notice you’re able to give your guests, the more likely they’ll be able to attend. Be sure to highlight your wedding website if you’ve created one, with the date change prominently highlighted. Last, mail an event change card that will serve as an official announcement about the update!

Fortunately, the artists at Minted and on Etsy have recently launched new lines of event change cards specifically for couples navigating through COVID-19 wedding planning!

More good news to come – Minted CEO, Mariam Naficy, has shared critical card verbiage + suggestions to consider. Check it out at the bottom of the post!

With all the tools + resources needed to handle this task, let’s begin by browsing these lovely card designs:

Postponement announcement designs from Minted

It’s A Date!

Funky Names Postponed Card with Diamante Save Our New Dates

Over The Moon

Modern Elegance

Funky Names

Event Change Cards from Etsy

Instant download + print from home with this Elegant script change the date card via AshwoodInk

Corona bottle change the date card via PralinesPrintables

Instant download with this Rollin’ with it card via TheModernLifeMrs

Modern chandelier postponed card via SweetCloudDesign

Minimalist botanic postponed card via cedarandgreypaperco // print at home!

Okay, new plan card via OhHappyDayPaperCo // edit from your phone!

Bold script card via wanderluststudiouk

Now that you have some great design inspo, here are some helpful tips on verbiage + etiquette from Minted CEO Mariam Naficy:

Wording suggestions if you are rescheduling but you don’t have a new date yet:

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are changing our wedding date. New details to come soon.
  • In light of current events, we are changing our date so we can celebrate safely. New details to come soon.
  • In light of current events, we are postponing our wedding. New wedding date to come soon.
  • We have decided to postpone our wedding to a future date. Please stay tuned for details.
  • It’s still happening! …Just at a later date. New wedding date to come soon!
  • Social distancing just isn’t our thing. New wedding date to come soon so we can party properly!

Wording suggestions if you are rescheduling and have a new wedding date:

  • Please mark your calendars with our new wedding date! We can’t wait to celebrate with you.
  • Save our NEW date!
  • We changed our date and can’t wait to celebrate!
  • Don’t dust off your dancing shoes yet! Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are now getting married on [insert date].

Wording suggestions if you are not rescheduling:

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, we decided to elope! We’re planning a celebration soon and will send you the details.
  • We do. We did! Since we aren’t able to celebrate in person, we decided to elope! More celebration details to come.

Given the lead time associated with travel cancellations, it is advisable to send out your news of a postponement as soon as possible. There are no “X months before” rule of thumb like there are for wedding invitations or save the dates, but, if you are expecting guests to rebook and confirm new travel arrangements, you will likely get the best response from your guests if you send at least six to eight weeks before the new date, just like an invitation. In the event you’re a little tighter on time with your wedding postponement cards, we also recommend that you direct guests to your website to digitally RSVP as opposed to sending paper RSVP cards so that you can keep management simple and increase the speed with which you are able to collect responses for your new wedding plans.