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Vanessa
Beginner May 2021 Ontario

Ways to Tell People you are postponing

Vanessa, on May 28, 2020 at 13:48 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 15
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Hello brides and grooms! We have decided to postpone our wedding to next year. Any advice or tips on how to tell your guests? We already sent invitations so if you guys have an idea on how to tell them without spending anything that would be great! Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Ashley, on May 31, 2020 at 21:44
  • Ashley
    VIP August 2020 Ontario
    Ashley ·
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    Im going to email my guests. we are in the same boat we sent invites already. some people have responded yes even tho we know they cant come and most people havent responded at all..... we also did our website and updated it relating to covid-19 so people have been checking there

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  • K
    Devoted August 2021 Nova Scotia
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    Aw you’re welcome! And I feel you 100%. As cute and fun as change the date cards are, I personally wasn’t keen on dropping hundreds of extra dollars to print them and mail them. And honestly reaching out to people directly was actually really nice. An excuse to catch up with friends and family, see how they’re faring, etc. And in the process we got tons of reassurance that everyone was still excited and would be there with bells on when our new date rolls around. I hope the process goes/has gone smoothly for you!!
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  • Vanessa
    Beginner May 2021 Ontario
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    THANKS A LOT! We decided to just message our guests via social media or phone. And update our website. I dont want to spend anymore money on invitations Smiley sad

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    Guests being aware of the postponement can go many ways

    1. Social media - simple note for all your guests to update their plans for next year due to the times. Email/FB/WhatsApp/Facetime/Twitter/text options to guests of their way of communication.

    2. Create a message for postponing on Microsoft word printing on a pattern sheet. Take a picture or cut into card size to mail out to everyone on your list.

    3. Calling personally is nice to know what is happening now to expect changes made upon the decision.

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  • Vanessa
    Beginner May 2021 Ontario
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    We were planning to do this but not 100% sure if its appropriate through fb.
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  • Vanessa
    Beginner May 2021 Ontario
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    Thanks so much!
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  • Savannah
    Frequent user April 2022 Ontario
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    We postponed our wedding and did an announcement on social media! Another option could possibly be sending out an email and directing people to your wedding website for further updates! Also depending where you got your invites check and see if they have a reprint gurantee (both Shutterfly and Vistaprint are offering free reprints for date changes for invites where the date was affected by COVID!)
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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    My fiance and I let all of our guests know through facebook and whoever didn't have facebook we called them directly

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  • Amelia
    Master October 2020 New Brunswick
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    I've seen some really cute photo postponement announcements. I would pair that with something along the lines of "even though we can't wait to celebrate, we have to wait until next year/new date".


    Some people are using bottles of Corona, or taking cute masked smootches, and you could ask a friend or family member to snap a few to email to guests or send over Facebook. For the older crowd that isn't online you can just call them to let them know.
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    If you'v already collected RSVPs through your website, you can message them directly there too.

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  • Kelsie
    Master July 2021 Ontario
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    We were in the same situation - invites had already been sent out. Basically, our parents called all family, and we did a Facebook post for our friends, and let them know we were postponing.

    We ordered "postponement" cards - so people can "save the date" for next year. Once we receive those we'll send them out to everyone.

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  • Stefanie
    Devoted August 2021 Saskatchewan
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    We made a Facebook post with a fun "corona" picture we took and both us and our family shared it. Anyone who had RSVP'd I emailed them back notifying them. And then word of mouth to co-workers, family and friends. We postponed 08/08/2020 to 08/14/2021. We will also be sending out new save the dates. Not 100% sure when yet and then when the time comes we will mail out new invitations.
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  • B
    Beginner September 2021 Ontario
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    Luckily we haven't sent our invitations yet, just an electronic Save the Date. So we decided to send an electronic "Save the New Date". My fiancé just made up a cute little image with text saying "Due to the current pandemic we have decided to postpone our wedding. Please save our new date of ..." We're just going to forward those out this weekend through text, email or messenger.

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  • K
    Devoted August 2021 Nova Scotia
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    Also - sorry about your postponement 😢 I hope you’re at least feeling some relief!
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  • K
    Devoted August 2021 Nova Scotia
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    If you have one, an update on your wedding website would be a great starting point. But if you don’t have a website, or don’t want to place all your eggs in that basket, it might be a matter of contacting people directly by whatever means possible. So, email whoever you can, use social media, call people if necessary, etc. And keep track of who you’ve spoken with to ensure you’re covering all bases.


    If you have a huge guest list definitely divide the labour! I assigned groups to my FH, his parents, and my parents and trusted they would contact those guests. I also started Facebook threads with the various friend groups in my life so I could update everyone in that group at once.
    If you want to do something more official then perhaps an electronic change the date card? Via paperless post or something? I don’t know much about that but I’m sure others will chime in. Only thing is that would require a complete email list.
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