Even during a normal year, wedding planning can cause a ton of stress. Now throw a global pandemic into the mix, and you can imagine how most brides are feeling. With group gatherings, large and small, cancelled due to COVID-19, thousands of brides were forced to postpone their upcoming wedding. But what happens next?
From logistics to communicating with guests, there are a lot of questions to ask yourself—and work to be done—all after rescheduling a wedding. That’s why we caught up with New York-based party planner Rebecca Gardner to get her expert advice on postponing a wedding with ease, good manners, and (most importantly) optimism.
Should I resend invitations for my new wedding date?
You’ve notified guests that you’re postponing, but now you have to let everyone know about your new date. Remember how much time, money, and resources went into sending your original print invitations? Why put yourself through all that again? Instead, Gardner recommends swapping the snail mail for an easier alternative.
“Since invitations for spring and summer brides have likely been mailed, Paperless Post is the best resource to quickly and elegantly communicate new details to guests,” says Gardner. “There is no need to send out a new printed invitation and reply card. The Paperless Post integrated response option is an extremely effective way to keep up with replies.”
In addition to easily collecting RSVPs, you can also use Paperless Post’s follow-up tools to message guests after sending out your invitations. Especially now, it’s better to over communicate than under communicate with guests, to make sure everyone’s in the loop.
How should you word a postponed wedding invitation?
There are a ton of resources out there on wedding invitation wording, but not so much for a second round of invitations. You can easily modify the template of any Paperless Post wedding invitation to work for a follow-up invitation. Just follow these simple suggestions from Gardner to get you started:
For formal weddings:
“Ando” by Paperless Post.
For casual weddings:
“Oratorio” by Venamour for Paperless Post.
Can’t fit all your details on your invitation? No problem. With online invitations you can easily add a link to your wedding website to give guests all the details. You can also add a link directly to your registry or new hotel accommodations to give guests time to plan for your new date.
How can I stick to my wedding palette if I rescheduled for a different season?
Just because you have to postpone your wedding to fall or winter, doesn’t mean you have to completely change up your entire wedding moodboard. If you are set on having a “summertime” feel on your wedding day, Gardner recommends pivoting to a warm-weather destination.
“Brides rebooking for fall and winter need not give up their hope for a summer palette,” says Gardner. “Look to tropical locations that are warm in winter months.”
Don’t know where to start? Get inspired with Gardner’s favorite places for tropical destination weddings:
Jumby Bay Island in Antigua
Amanyana in Turks in Caicos
Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico
Hotel Esencia in Tulum
What’s the best way to embrace my new date?
If you’re open to change, don’t try to force your current wedding palette onto your new date. Instead, Gardner tells brides to embrace the winter season, and a cozy aesthetic with some of these ideas:
A pop of color: “Plan around red. It’s bold and romantic, and pairs well with dirty pastels.”
Delight the senses: “Use live fir garland and paperwhites—nothing smells more festive.”
In-season blooms: “Look for Icelandic poppies while they’re in season. Their twisted stems and funky colors are amusing, and will look great with red.”
Candles on candles: “Light masses of off white candles (pillars, votives and tapers) to make the room glow.”
Embrace the forecast: “Hope for a beautiful (mild) snow storm. Just imagine the photos!”
Do I still have to follow typical wedding traditions?
The best wedding planners know when to follow the rules, but more importantly when to break them. If there’s ever a time to break from tradition, it’s now. Look on the bright side and use this time as an excuse to get creative or plan something unexpected.
If you’re stressing out too much about the actual wedding, think about separating it from the marriage. Get married with just close family in an intimate ceremony that requires less planning, and host a reception or celebration later on in the year when the time feels right.
When you’re ready to send your invitations, browse our wide selection of wedding designs. Celebrate your new palette with a matching design, and easily edit the invitation with your own wording. Need help with a custom design? Contact our Support team.