This is such a hard time for you as you are trying to navigate whether or not you should reschedule your wedding. The day you have been planning and dreaming about for a long time. My heart hurts for you and this just really, really sucks! I don’t know how else to say it.
We have never seen anything like this and nothing has disturbed the wedding industry like this before. If you have an upcoming Spring wedding I know you are probably facing the hard decision on whether or not you should reschedule your wedding. I feel your pain and I know this is not an easy decision.
For those of you that didn’t hire a wedding planner the first step you need to take is contacting your venue(s) to find out what their policy is on rescheduling your wedding date. Find out if they are going to be flexible on rescheduling and what other dates they have available.
After you talk to your venue start reaching out to your key vendors to find out what their policy is on rescheduling. Most vendors are waiving any rescheduling fees during this difficult time and are happy to transfer any monies paid to a new date. However, every vendor has their own policy and I can’t speak for each and every one of them, but I do feel like most vendors will work with you on transferring any deposits made to a new date. Although some may require that the new date be in 2020 while others may require you to select a new date on a weekday or Sunday from what I’ve heard from other planners across the country.
If a vendor can’t accommodate your new wedding date be prepared to loose any deposits paid towards your wedding. They are not trying to be rude or mean, but they have to follow the terms of their contract to survive during this time. This is how they support their families and they still have mortgages to pay and families to feed.
If your wedding is say this weekend and you want to reschedule at this point then you will more than likely loose money. If your flowers have already been ordered and your caterer has already ordered food for your wedding there is nothing they can do to at this point to transfer that money to a new date. Once your food and flowers are in or are on their way to your caterer or florist there’s no canceling them at that point. That’s why it’s better to reschedule sooner rather than later to avoid being out more money than you would of been if you rescheduled sooner.
I can’t tell you what to do since the decision has to ultimately be up to you, but I can share the facts and what I know and you can make the best decision from there. I do feel that the safest bet at this point is for March and April brides to reschedule their weddings, but again, things are changing day to day. In Mississippi, we are not currently under a ban, but that could change. If we are put under a ban then everything changes and you would have to reschedule your date, or cancel.
Don’t forget at the end of the day you are going to be married to the love of your life no matter what date that happens on and that’s all that truly matters. If you do reschedule your wedding you can still have that amazing wedding you’ve been planning, it just may be on a new date. It’s better to be safe, always. xoxo!
This will pass, but until then stay safe out there and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help in any way I can.
Lauren Grove, with Every Last Detail shared some great email templates you can share with your guests if you are having to inform guests the wedding will go on, the wedding will be postponed or how to un-invite some guests. Check them out HERE.