Postponing Your Wedding? A Guide to Changing Your Date

If you had a wedding planned for spring, summer or even early fall of 2020, you may find yourself in the difficult position of changing your wedding date due to COVID-19.

Coronavirus has led to a nationwide ban on gatherings over 10 people, business closures, and strictly-enforced social distancing measures. Many states (like ours) are under stay-at-home orders until further notice. People are now less concerned about a specific date or year and care more about celebrating with their loved ones when it’s safe and responsible to do so.

That’s why Hurricane Productions has rescheduled 100% of weddings that decided to postpone during the CDC’s recommended social distancing period – all while keeping each couple’s full suite of services and preferred talent team. Our team is working remotely right now to help our customers through this process, every step of the way.

If you and your fiancé have decided to postpone your big day, here are the steps you’ll need to take, as well as some important considerations for your future wedding date.

Consider a weekday or afternoon wedding.

2020 has been a popular year for wedding dates, and many of those couples have already rescheduled for 2021. Add in the couples that originally opted for a 2021 wedding, and you may not be left with a lot of weekend availability.

If you're flexible on date and timing, a weekday or afternoon wedding can be a great alternative to the traditional weekend affair. Venues and vendors tend to have more availability during the week and may even offer associated discounts. For example, at Hurricane Productions, we offer a 10% discount for all weekday wedding services.

Check in with your vendors.

Review any vendor contracts or insurance carefully to see if you’re able to reschedule and whether there are any fees involved. Contact your vendors as soon as possible; they should be able to help you understand the terms of your contracts and provide guidance on next steps.

Here at Hurricane, we’ve not only transferred all our couples to new dates without additional fees, but we’ve also developed wedding solutions that are accessible to all clients. We’ll continue to do so until couples are able to safely celebrate their wedding day. 

Tell guests you're changing your wedding date.

Once your new date has been set, let your guests know. You can release a statement on your wedding website, send a physical "Change the Date" card, or start sending emails and making phone calls – as long as all pertinent information is communicated clearly and as soon as possible.

Your guests may have questions about travel refunds and logistics, so be sure to address all these concerns. As a note, many hotels and airlines are offering refunds and/or credit for travel scheduled during COVID-19. You'll want to confirm this information or provide resources and guidelines to help your guests rebook. 

Plan virtual pre-wedding events.

If your pre-wedding events have been canceled, why not host a virtual one? Bridal showers, bachelorette parties and more can be shifted into the digital realm through video chat platforms such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime.

Decorate your home, get some food and drinks ready (and encourage others to do the same!), and set up a call with your party guests. You can even coordinate activities with your wedding party – have a virtual spa day or set up some online games for everyone to play. It’ll be a great way to stay connected and keep up the wedding fun until your big day finally arrives. 

Changing your wedding date for COVID-19? Hurricane Productions is here to help you through the planning process, every step of the way. We still have some late 2020 dates available and are offering 10% off all services for select Friday and Sunday weddings. Click here for more details or request a custom quote to confirm availability.

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