How to Reschedule a Wedding during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Apr 29

A step-by-step guide on what to do and when to do it.

In March, government officials have asked for the public's compliance to keep mass gatherings to no more than 10 people, as it is essential to containing the spread of the coronavirus.

The timing for this couldn't have been any worse for many couples who are now being forced to postpone their weddings or consider alternative options because of COVID-19.

So watch the video below to find out what steps you should be taking if you decide to postpone your wedding due to the coronavirus.

Contact your vendors

If you've made the decision to postpone your wedding, the first people that you need to contact are the ones that you hired to make it happen. You need to get them all on the same page as you. They should be able to provide additional guidance on the next steps and be more than willing to help you secure a future date.

Just keep in mind that your vendors are small businesses and probably dealing with an influx of clients just like you, so try to be patient and keep an open mind.

While your original date may have landed on a Saturday, securing another Saturday later in the year may not be possible. Consider other days of the week like a Thursday, Friday or Sunday. You'll have a better chance of securing all of your vendors, and, yes, your guests will still attend!

Communicate with your guests

Many couples use a wedding website to collect RSVPs for their wedding day and this can be a helpful tool to send out a mass message to everyone to announce that the wedding is getting pushed back due to the pandemic.

If you are active on social media, putting out a simple message that's quick and to-the-point on Facebook will probably be the easiest and most effective way to relay your message. Also, you can split up the guest list between you, your partner and close friends or family so that you can make sure everyone that was invited for the original date gets notified.

Help Your Guests

Any burden that you can take off of your family and friends will go a long way, especially if some were going to be traveling to be there. If you made arrangements for a room block, you should reach out to the hotel to see if they'd be willing to change it to the new date at no cost or even offer a refund.

Let Out Your Frustration 

This is a major bummer and it’s ok to feel disappointed or upset! Even though there are bigger issues in the world right now, it’s okay to voice your frustration your partner or a close friends as you start to cope with this setback.

Celebrate on the Original Date

Just because it’s not happening the way you planned, that date will always be significant to you and your partner. Being quarantined doesn't mean you shouldn't find a meaningful way to celebrate. Plan a fancy date night or enjoy your favorite bottle of wine and a movie.

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