Tips for Sending Postponement Announcements

Curbing the spread of COVID-19 has been a hot topic for months. If you are planning a wedding right now, the stress of making changes to your timeline, catering to CDC guidelines, and debating difficult next moves (based on unknown factors) can be emotionally taxing. You have spent months on planning so the final decision to postpone your event it not an easy one. But if it is inevitable, here are some tips to get your information out to your guests in the most efficient way.

Where to start

Before you make an announcement to your entire guestlist, individually call your wedding party to give them a heads up. These folks are essential and may need to make travel adjustments quickly. More than likely, this is your close circle and their availability could help determine when you chose to reschedule.

Get the Word Out

Once your wedding party has been notified, it is time to let your guestlist know the change in plans. Begin with posting details on your wedding website. You may not have a reschedule date, but the more information you can share the better. Then, start calling friends and family while encouraging them to pass the information along to other guests they are in close contact with. Then begin emailing individuals to either give them a heads up or to confirm they have been notified by another source. It may be helpful to create an email draft and blind copy each guest to streamline this process. While you may want to call each guest personally, there may not be enough time to do so.

Divide and Conquer

This is a time when you and your fiancé must work together. You worked on creating your guestlist together, so take the names of those you personally added and begin calling, emailing, or visiting those guests, respectively.  Let your fiancé do the same with his list. Or, divide your list in half and start reaching out until everyone has been notified. If you work together, you will cut the notification process in half.

Paper Announcements

Now that you have tried to reach everyone on your guestlist electronically or in person, send a postponement announcement. This is essential for any guests who you missed or were unable to be contacted. Not everyone will visit your website, so this will eliminate any surprise. If you have a change-of-date, this is the time to notify every one of those details as a full invitation is not necessary. If you do not have a date change yet, let them know details are pending. Give your guests an electronic RSVP option rather than a paper trail this go around.

If you want to go ahead and tie the knot and plan a celebration on a later date, here are a few reasons why this option could benefit you.

 

Exciting Ways to Announce your Engagement

Congratulations on your engagement!  Now it is time to share your excitement with the rest of the world.  If you are wondering how to get your news to the masses, here are a few options.

Face to Face

Parents and close friends will want to hear the great news directly from you. If you live close by, or can travel a short distance, your news is worthy of a special visit.  Before post anything online, this concise list of folks will want to hear first. You may confront hurt feelings if they find out your news along with the rest of the world.

Throw and Engagement Party

We can’t think of a better reason to pop the champagne, and your friends and family will feel the same.  Time to celebrate!  Gather everyone together for an intimate party and allow yourself the opportunity to let your loved ones lavish you with joy.  You can let the announcement be a surprise at your party, or just host a soiree to rejoice.

Creative Photos

Many engagement announcements are now shared online.  Get creative with your new fiancé and take some photos to express a post-worthy message.  Use props and backdrops for enhancement and have fun with it. No need to be serious here!  Here are a few Pinterest worthy examples:

Engagement Announcement
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Video Message

Maybe you can’t share your good news with everyone face to face, but you may still want an individualized touch. If so, video messages are a great option.  You can say exactly what you want with as much dramatic effect as you like.  Here you can make a special shout out to those closest to you or even add that extra personal message that you wouldn’t be able to include on a handwritten or printed announcement.

Snail Mail

It may take a little extra time, but printing an engagement announcement to mail is not just a thing of the past.  People will love to hang on to your card as a special keepsake.  Some brides choose to tie in their engagement announcements and Save-the-Date cards.  Both options will let your loved ones know a wedding is happening soon.

Newspaper Announcements

Grandmothers everywhere will be please to know that newspapers still publish engagement announcements.  This is a traditional way to get the word out to your community, including those not included in your mailing list.  Old teachers, neighbors, and family friends of long ago of will be able to hear of your future nuptials.

Getting the word out is one of the first and most exciting things you will get to do when planning for your wedding. Get creative and enjoy the extra attention!