Updated: Dec 3, 2020
With all of the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the constant changing of measures to keep it contained, you might have found yourself in the tricky situation of need of moving your wedding date. If you've not been contacted by your venue, you might be wondering whether you should move your date or not!
I'm so upset!
This is a heartbreaking time - you've worked so hard to plan your wedding and now everything needs to be put on hold for the next few months or even a year. But please keep your chin up. You may need to move your wedding day, but please think of it as having extra time to put everything together. And you'll still be able to celebrate with your loved ones, your family and friends will understand.
There are lots of places that you can go to talk to other wedding couples that are in the same boat as you right now. One of my favourites is the WEDDING ADVICE and CHAT UK group on Facebook, where lots of people are asking the exact same questions as you, and lifting each others spirits.
Don't forget, you'll only need to move your wedding back by months; your marriage will last for years and years!
What do I do first?
If you're not sure whether to postpone your wedding date or not, I urge you to get in contact with your suppliers and have a chat with them. Get in touch with your venue first, and then check in with those suppliers that you absolutely couldn't do without.
If your wedding day falls within the next few months, your venue or caterer will probably have already started the ball rolling with cancellations and postponements. They may offer you a new date for later in the year or for 2021, and may be able to transfer all of your fees over to the new dat.
If they can't offer you a new date or if the date doesn't suit you, your supplier may need to cancel completely. In this case, read carefully through your contract to make sure you know exactly what your rights are in this instance.
What if my wedding is over 3 months away?
If your wedding falls on or after August, I'd advise keeping yourself as up to date as possible with any government updates. Keep in regular contact with your venue and suppliers, and keep in touch with your celebrant or registrar. There have been whispers that small weddings may be allowed to go ahead next month - but there has been no official time restriction on this and so there is no telling as to when it will revert back to the usual.
What if I have to cancel?
Lots of wedding suppliers are super keen to make sure that their wedding clients are 100% happy, and so will usually do absolutely everything they can to come to an agreement with you. Most will move to the new date for no extra cost, transferring all current fees over for you. But if there are suppliers who are already booked for your new date, they may need to cancel. In this instance, again, check your contracts to make sure you know what you're entitled to.
Just a note that if you took wedding insurance out before lockdown began - your insurance policy is unlikely to change. However, many policies do not include a government-led ban on events as being a reason for reimbursement, so please keep that in mind. A lot of wedding insurance providers have now called for a temporary halt to new applications, but I would still recommend taking insurance out as soon as you can! It might not help with the current pandemic that we are facing in terms of cancellations, but will cover other eventualities.
When it comes to rearranging your wedding during these strange times, your contract is king! It might be a little bit dull, but be sure to read through your contracts carefully. When you begin to sign new contracts, get in touch with your supplier to clarify anything you don't understand. They will be very happy to help and will have been in the same boat before so should have no problem explaining or amending if need be.
Find out more...
There are lots of people out there who can help and support you through these tricky times, myself included! If you would like to read more about rearranging your wedding day, there is a fab blog post from The Liverpool Wedding Blog to have a look at (featuring yours truly).
Please don't despair if you have found yourself looking for a new wedding date during this strange and unnerving time. The most important thing to remember is that your wedding day WILL happen, and whether everything goes as you imagined, or is a year late, you will be sharing it with the most important person in your life.
You can always throw a great big party a little later down the line!!!