Autumn and her fiancé are not the only couple in this boat. As of March 15, 2020, the CDC recommended that all scheduled weddings be postponed for at least 8 weeks, and that recommendation is changing by the day. Weddings that are scheduled for May are not likely to take place as normal, and June and July are still very questionable. With that said, many planners are recommending those who have weddings scheduled for the summer months consider postponing. Though this is a hard decision, it may bring couples a sense of relief that they don't need to worry about it for a few months. Autumn says, "Even though I was sad we had to postpone, I also felt beyond relieved. For weeks leading up to our decision I was stressed to the max."
If you have decided to postpone, then the question remains, "When do I reschedule?" With all the uncertainty, it can be hard to decide on a date that will hopefully be Covid-19 free. Many experts agree that the wedding should be pushed back a far as possible, even though this can be uncomfortable to the couple. This may seem sad and daunting, but it actually may give you the freedom to have things as close to as how you originally planned them a possible. Autumn and her fiance had a May 9th wedding planned, but now it has changed to January 30, 2021. Though this isn't ideal, the couple is able to keep their venue and their original Saturday date. Many venues want people to know that rescheduling your wedding is a difficult task. Weddings may be booked every weekend, especially in the spring and summer months. Postponing every client is a very hard task, but in times like these, there may not be another choice. Some wedding experts are even predicting the popular Saturday date for a wedding to be a thing of the past after the pandemic. Not everyone can reschedule for the same Saturday date, so perhaps a smaller wedding on a Wednesday or Thursday will be popular. Those dates are more likely to be open at the venue of your choice.
This situation remains volatile and will continue to change, so choosing a date farther in the future could ease your stress more. Follow the CDC for up to date information.
Invitations and Save the Dates
Another option is an announcement on your wedding website. If you don't have a website, you may consider getting one. Websites like theknot.com offer couples free wedding websites that allow couples to post details and collect RSVPs. After you finalize your new date, you can post the details on your wedding website for your guests to see.
The most important thing is to inform guests that changes are being made and that you will be in touch so that they have time to plan. Most wedding experts recommend at the very least to give the people on your guest list a call to inform them of changes.
Connect with Vendors
Consider Your Guests
Brides and grooms must also take into consideration what the state of the country will be after the pandemic. If your wedding involves a lot of travel for your guests, it may be hard for them to afford travel or take off work to travel.
Follow CDC Guidelines
Hang on to Hope
Photographs supplied by Autumn Freeman and taken by Ashlee Nicole Photography