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DIY Wedding Advice - 6 steps to follow to postpone your wedding now.

Are you now faced with the dreaded task of having to postpone your wedding now? This is a must-read for you if you unfortunately are now faced with having to postpone your wedding now, due to COVID-19! However, the steps are so easy, that it works for all types of events too!

Shot glass favour with funny quote about COVID
Save the date

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with all the tasks you have set yourself to postpone your wedding now? Well look no further, this step-by-step list is for you and calling you to start NOW! The important thing to remember, is you aren't alone in this, us suppliers are in this process with you, and whilst we all work it out together, we are here ready to answer your questions to ensure you still achieve the day you are dreaming of. 

1. Pause, Breathe and Restart and Revise your Budget.

Stop! Think! Postponing your wedding now is not easy. COVID-19 has given you more time to achieve your dream wedding! Intimate or Lavish! It's all yours now! So, start by revising your budget. Now that your wedding is postponed, means you may also be able to stretch or add to your budget to afford that live band you always wished for.

Beautiful bohemian wedding flowers
Bohemian wedding setup

2. Remember 2021 is set to be the busiest year so before you postpone your wedding now, do a date check.

Contact your venue! Check your preferred alternative dates (I advise 3 options) for your current venue. BUT! It may be worth shopping around! You may be surprised to find the venue you longed may now be within budget. Or your original venue doesn’t have a like for like date or in this case may be fully booked, so if you need any more encouragement on finding a venue then be sure to follow the 5 simple steps to finding your dream venue.  If your original venue is your dream venue and they have your one or all of your date choices ask to hold for 7 days. Please keep in mind that you may have to pay extra to keep your like for like date. 

3. Work together with your suppliers and continue planning your dream wedding.

Now its time to check your new dates across all your suppliers! Do not leave them out. If you do not have a wedding planner helping you to postpone your wedding, set a date to reach in with your suppliers and discuss your options and contract. Start with your most favored supplier first. That way you can keep your most favoured suppliers and work down that list to make any big decisions later.

Barn wedding photoshoot
Surrey wedding postponement help

4. Postponing your wedding now, may come with reducing those guest list numbers...politely.

You will now need to amend your guestlist. You have a date change and you will need to send out new Save The Dates and invites. But first! 2020 and the first half of 2021 weddings will never be the same. Micro weddings, if allowed will be the new norm for a while. If you have family from abroad or anyone vulnerable, they will still be restricted, so this needs to be considered now. It is important to continue following the advice and guidelines provided by the experts as this is new for everyone in the industry. If you find you are faced with needing to reduce your guest numbers, then this blog will help you do so, politely.

5. This may be the hardest part of postponing your wedding now, it’s time to inform your guests.

Now that you have established your new guestlist. We need to get creative and design new save the dates, and get them sent! This is easy to do online through sites like Etsy or Papier. Of course, you have your previous supplier too (they may even offer you a discount). Unless you‘re a traditional, I would suggest a simple email or whatsapp is faster and effective. You can guarantee all guests have read and received with a quick sign up link or text back.

Modern bohemian colour scheme
Bride and groom

6. Now for the fun, important wedding details.

All the fun, cute stuff! If you do anything during the second wave of restrictions, ensure it is this step. Set up your gift registry (John Lewis/The Wedding Shop/Prezola) and get loading, loading, loading! Set up appointments for manicures, hair treatments and styling, facials, massage, and make-up trials (Try before you buy ladies).

And anything in between: like booking dress and accessory appointments. Why not even get your girls to plan your virtual hen? (Although I am sure they are on it already).

Happy bridesmaids
DIY wedding support smiles

Don't forget it is normal if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by this all. Hiring a planner to help you through this all will not only relieve some pressure but also help you with clarity on what is allowed alongside the gov. Guidance. Please do contact me, I have reserved amazing discounts for couples having to reschedule their dates! Fill in my contact form today and I promise you will want to get started right away. 

Akilah x

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