Postponing a wedding is becoming a common occurrence at this time during the coronavirus crisis. I’ve never had to postpone a wedding myself, but I know it’s not an easy task.
Postponing an event that has been a year or more in the making may seem overwhelming. If it must be done, here are my thoughts on the best way to do it.
First, before you even make the decision to postpone, check some things out. Talk to your wedding and reception venue to see what their policies would be to make any changes. Find out how difficult it would be. Find out if any money you paid would transfer to a new date or whether you would owe more.
Check with the other hired vendors. Probably the most important ones are the caterer and the photographer. Find out if they are available on a different date and whether they would accommodate any changes.
Other vendors to take into consideration would be the florist, the DJ or band and a party bus or limo company.
I’m sure it would be difficult to come up with a new date that all your vendors would be available, but I encourage you to try. I think the best way to do this and not risk losing any vendors or any money you have paid to vendors is to pick a date that would be a less popular one for a wedding.
As I said before, I think it would be very wise to consider any day that’s not a Saturday. Try Fridays or Sundays, which are other popular days for weddings. Heck, you may want to even think about a Thursday. While you may not consider this ideal, it may be the best way to make sure your vendors are available and you don’t lose any retainer fees that you have already paid.