Postpone My Wedding?

Postpone my wedding, who would have ever thought that in 2020 you would have to postpone your wedding and change how you live, because of a nasty little virus called Covid-19. Due to the impact of this little pest the only responsible action is to postpone any wedding during lockdown, and I would recommend to think and make a judgement call about whether the lockdown will be extended and if not how your elderly relatives will cope if they were to catch the virus after the lockdown is relaxed.
As this pandemic is out of everyone’s control, and based on the current government guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic and anticipated projection of the crisis, I am sure you are extremely stressed and exhausted thinking about all the decisions you are going to have to make, I hope this post will help you to make some of those decisions.

The first thing to remember is you are in love and it is far better to have your fiancee safe and well so you can grow old together, and you do not risk the health of everyone you hold dear to your heart.

How Do I Postpone My Wedding?

So now you have a very emotional time of re-planning your wedding day. The good news is that you are now a pro at this, you know who your suppliers are and it is now a case of some well thought out rearrangement of dates.

The second thing to remember is, there are 7 days in the week and you can get married on anyone of them, so a Monday or Wednesday would be as good as any other day so you are NOT cancelling your wedding but rather postponing your wedding. So how are you going to postpone your wedding??

  1. Get in the correct mindset, all your suppliers are having a terrible year with little or no income, they are also worried so do not get emotional, stay level headed (yes, I know this is easier said than done) and work with your suppliers as best you can.
  2. Check your insurance policies and read all venue/supplier contracts carefully. Contact your wedding insurance company to let them know you intend to postpone the date. They should be able to then make you aware of any policies that cover you and also any excess you may need to pay to access those policies.
  3. Create a list of all of your suppliers, and figure out which ones will be flexible with dates, for example, dress, suits, shoes etc., and then the suppliers who may already be booked, for example wedding photographer, toastmaster and so on. Prioritise your list with the suppliers who you really do not want to change.
  4. Speak with your venue about the postponement. If you’re getting married in a separate venue, you will need to work closely with both the ceremony venue and reception venue. Try to get a couple of dates penciled in then contact your suppliers to see if they are available on your new date. If they are not available try some different dates or ask your suppliers for recommendations for a suitable replacement, there is going to be a lot of horse trading so be organised and be prepared.
  5. Once you have pencilled in a date and before you fully confirm, contact the people you absolutely must have at your wedding and make sure they can attend your newly proposed date. 
  6. Once all the planets align and date is selected, contact all of the suppliers and confirm as quickly as you possibly can, as their calendars will be changing all the time as all the brides across Norfolk are in the same mess as you. Again, don’t get angry, if a date has filled up since you last spoke to your supplier, instead ask the supplier to help with a replacement.
  7. Ensure you have contacted your local registry office and changed the date on your Notice Of Marriage
    Once everything is confirmed contact all your guests and let them know the new date – again be prepared for disappointment, everyone has busy calendars so do not get angry if someone cannot make your new date.
  8. Bear in mind that your suppliers are often small businesses whose livelihood is being threatened by the pandemic, be patient with them as they deal with calls from all their couples, and remember that you and all your friends are going to have a reduced income for quite a while and you may have to save money or work extra shifts to claw back some money. The next 12 months are going to be extremely different for the majority of people, but as long as your loved ones are safe, healthy then really, in the grand scheme of things you wouldn’t want for anything more and even though you have postponed your wedding you will have your big wedding day and it will be amazing!
  9. Finally, once you have postponed your wedding if you do not have wedding insurance Just Big Smiles recommends you take some out as soon as you can as the next 12 to 24 months are simply unpredictable. 

Deposits with Just Big Smiles are safe providing you Postpone your wedding and do NOT cancel your wedding.   If we cannot support your new date then your deposit will be refunded. 

If you have postponed your wedding and are looking for a couple of Norwich Wedding Photographers who offer a complimentary engagement shoot and includes wedding insurance in their Platinum Package, then please do get in touch, Karl and Jim would love to hear about what you have planned for your wedding day.

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