If changing government restrictions (here for Scotland, here for Wales and here for Northern Ireland) has had an impact on your wedding plans, we’re a) really sorry to hear it and b) want to help! With that in mind we’ve popped together a quick guide to postponing your wedding, which we hope is a useful starting point:
Discuss your options together as a couple
It can be tempting to rush into a new plan just so that things feel dealt with, but taking a breather to discuss your options can really help you make the right decision (which is the best decision you can make for you, at the time.) Make sure you fully understand your options so that can come to a conclusion together.
Understand the finances involved
Though money chat might make you want to bury your head in the sand, it’s really important to know where you stand on existing payments made, deposits, and booking fees, so that you have a clear understanding of the financial implications of your different options. Check with your suppliers if you’re unsure or need a contract clarified.
Communicate with and co-ordinate your suppliers
The above also requires chatting to your suppliers. This can seem really scary, but as a directory full of wedding suppliers (and as them ourselves) we know that by and large they will do everything in their power to make things happen. Wedding bookings are more than just business transactions for our members – they’re also an incredible honour to be a part of, so being open, honest and upfront with your suppliers is really key.
Be as proactive as possible
There’s a difference between panic and proactivity, and we definitely want to avoid the former, but speaking to your suppliers sooner rather than later is definitely advised. They’re probably already spread thin for 2021 bookings, so getting in touch quickly is advised if you’re keen to reserve a further date in 2021/22.
Consider a mid-week wedding
Weekends have always been the most popular days for weddings anyway, especially between April and September, but this has gone up a whole other level in 2021. If you’re looking for a reschedule date and the weekend dates are slim pickings, why not consider a midweek date instead? With everyone muddling through to make things work during Covid, your guests’ leniency on mid-week dates will probably be higher than usual!
And maybe…don’t postpone at all
If 15 people still allows those that are closest to you to attend, then don’t feel like you have to postpone at all. It’s important to remember that you can still have a microwedding, and plan a bigger celebration at a later date when it’s safe to do so.