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The Ins and Outs of Wedding Postponement

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There are many reasons to postpone a wedding. Sometimes, the couple decides that they need to slow down and enjoy their engagement for awhile. Other times, they realize that maybe they are not ready to be married, either emotionally or because of financial issues. And, of course, there are times when an unexpected death or injury can lead to a postponement.

Postponing a wedding, while not as uncomfortable as canceling, is certainly not the most fun or easy thing to do. There are many aspects to a wedding, and many different vendors and services being used. Depending on the amount of time left before the wedding, the need to postpone as fast as possible may be needed. Other times, the postponement can be put off for 24 hours to give everyone a chance to think.

Notify the Guests
The very first step is to notify the guests. If invitations have not been sent out, then you can send out cards announcing that wedding has been postponed, and that they will be notified of when the new date is. If invitations have already been sent, than you will need to personally call guests and tell them that the wedding has been postponed. This can be difficult, but postponing it until the last minute will only cause irritation. Be sure to contact guests who will be arriving early or traveling a long distance first.

Prepare for the Calls
As soon as you announce that the wedding has been postponed, everyone will begin calling to find out why. If you send out invitations, you can include a message to not call, but this will likely only cause more.

Giving a reason for the postponement is not necessary. However, failing to give a reason and not answering calls or returning messages will usually lead to gossip and speculation. A general, vague message is usually better. Something along the lines of “We decided that a marriage is not the best choice at the current time....” or similar will suffice.

If the reason if for a death or injury, being direct is usually the best.

Contact Services
You will need to contact all the vendors and other service providers who are working with your wedding. The caterers, reception hall, printers, etc. will all have to be notified that the wedding has been canceled for the current date. Ask about the cancellation policy and request any refunds you are entitled.

Return the Gifts
The gifts will all need to be returned. Failing to do so will look very bad. Each gift should be returned to the person who sent it along with a person letter thanking them for their gift. The only time a gift should not be returned is if the sender specifically says not to return it.

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