Changes to your wedding stationery due to COVID-19

covid-19 wedding changes

You’re not alone.

Postponing your wedding due to COVID-19 is incredibly frustrating and sad.  It’s ok to take an hour, day, week, or month to grieve!  Deciding how to handle your wedding stationery can be stressful.  I want you to know that during this time of uncertainty, I am here for you and am committed to doing what I can for you in any situation that may arise.  

If you’re getting married in 2020, you’ll likely fall into one of the categories below.

Read on to find out my recommendations on how to handle your wedding stationery in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  Click on the title below that matches your situation best!

  • Haven't Decided to Postpone Yet

    The situation:  Your wedding is in late 2020, so you’re not sure if you’ll need to postpone or not.  You haven’t finalized or printed your invitations yet.

    What’s next:  You can tentatively move forward with your invitation design, but I suggest holding off on printing them until you absolutely need to.  Reach out to your stationer to find out the latest date you can send your invitations for printing.  I’ve personally found that while some printing companies have been forced to close, there are still many printers and suppliers that are able to remain open, so waiting shouldn’t be a problem.

    What to say:  You may want to add a line to your RSVP cards asking for guests’ email addresses. This way, you’ll have an easy and less expensive method of contacting them with any changes.

    “Email address for potential updates:                                                              

  • Postponing Before Your Invitations are Printed

    The situation: You’ve sent out save-the-dates and were getting ready to finalize your invitations, but now you’ve decided to postpone your wedding.

    What’s next: Save your guests the awkwardness of wondering if they’ve been uninvited to your wedding or if their invitation got lost in the mail. If you’ve already sent save-the-dates, you’ll now need to send “change-the-dates”.  These can be sent digitally through email or text, or they can be mailed.

    What to say: If you have a new date secured, then you may wish to say something along the lines of:

    “Save our new date! Out of concern for the health and safety of our friends and family, the wedding of Samantha and Michael has been postponed until June 18, 2021. Formal invitation to follow.”

    If you don’t have a new date secured, then the following wording would be more appropriate:

    “Love is patient.  Out of concern for the health and safety of our friends and family, the wedding of Samantha and Michael has been postponed.  Please check our wedding website for updates.  Formal invitation to follow.”

    Wedding postponement template
    Digital Change-the-Date Templates
  • Postponing After Your Invitations are Printed

    The situation: You’ve printed your invitations already, but haven’t sent them yet.

    What’s next: Similarly to the above situation, you’ll need to save your guests the awkwardness of wondering if they’ve been uninvited to your wedding or if their invitation got lost in the mail. If you’ve already sent save-the-dates, you’ll now need to send “change-the-dates”.  These can be sent digitally through email or text, or they can be mailed.

    However, now you’ve already invested money in having your invitations printed.  At Fresh Cut Prints this means saving what pieces can be re-used on your future date (most often this includes the envelopes, liners, postage, embellishments, details card, and sometimes even the RSVP card) and reprinting the pieces that need to be updated.  I offer significantly reduced prices on reprints, and this is also true of many of the stationers I’ve spoken with.  We’re not looking to profit off of your heartache, we just need to cover our costs.

    What to say: If you have a new date secured, then you may wish to say something along the lines of:

    “Save our new date! Out of concern for the health and safety of our friends and family, the wedding of Samantha and Michael has been postponed until June 18, 2021. Formal invitation to follow.”

    If you don’t have a new date secured, then the following wording would be more appropriate:

    “Love is patient.  Out of concern for the health and safety of our friends and family, the wedding of Samantha and Michael has been postponed.  Please check our wedding website for updates.  Formal invitation to follow.”

    Wedding postponement template
    Instant Download Change-the-Date Template
  • Postponing After Sending Your Invitations

    The situation: You’ve sent your invitations, and now need to postpone.

    What’s next: In this situation, I recommend sending a postponement announcement by email, text, or snail mail.  Keep in mind that you’ll also need to gather updated RSVPs, so be sure to ask your guests to confirm or update their attendance.

    What to say: If you have a new date secured, then you may wish to say something along the lines of:

    “Out of concern for the health and safety of our friends and family, the wedding of Samantha and Michael has been postponed until June 18, 2021.  Please confirm or update your RSVP online at www.samanthaandmichael.com.”

    If you don’t have a new date secured, then the following wording would be more appropriate:

    “Out of concern for the health and safety of our friends and family, the wedding of Samantha and Michael has been postponed.  Please check our wedding website for updates.”

    Wedding Postponement Announcement Template
    Wedding Postponement Templates
  • Getting Married Privately

    The situation: You’ve chosen to cancel your large celebration and get married in private instead.

    What’s next? If you already sent your invitations, you’ll need to let everyone know that your wedding occurred in private.  This may also include an invitation to celebrate at a later date.

    What to say: For a wedding that occurred in private, with no plans to celebrate later:

    “You were missed!  Out of concern for the health and safety of our friends and family, Samantha and Michael will be married on April 20th, 2020 in a private ceremony.”

    If you’ll be celebrating at a later date, you can include additional information:

    “Samantha and Michael look forward to celebrating with you at a later date to be announced!”

    Wedding Cancellation Announcement
    Wedding Cancellation Templates
Virtual Bridal Shower Invitation
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