4 Ways to Postpone Your Wedding Because of Coronavirus

The Coronavirus situation is changing rapidly. And with the new recommendations and states going into lockdown, we are at the point where you have to postpone your wedding.

If your wedding was planned between now and June, you need to postpone.

You have to.

There isn’t an option anymore. We all have to be socially responsible and protect each other.

Which means postponing your wedding. But, what are your options? And what is the best option for you?


#1 – You can postpone to a later date

So the first and most obvious option you have is to reschedule your wedding for a later date. This allows you to pick a new date, move everything over and then continue planning.

Most couples will choose this option because it gives them a solid new date. Which can make you feel secure it in what is a very uncertain time.

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In terms of choosing a later date, I would highly suggest you don’t reschedule to the summer. There is too much of a risk that the virus will still be a problem and gatherings will not be allowed.

In fact, if you’re having a summer wedding, I’d also consider rescheduling as well. While I hope things will be back to normal in the summer, I wouldn’t bet on it.

So, you’ll be looking at dates in the fall or winter or in 2021.

If you want to be safe, choosing a date in 2021 is a safer bet than 2020.

It’s also important to keep in mind that everyone is rescheduling their wedding right now. So, if you’re aiming for a 2020 date, just know that you may need to be flexible.

#2 – You can postpone to a TBD date

While choosing a new date now is what most couples will do, another option is to just postpone without a date.

The great thing about this option is that you can wait to see what happens.

We have no idea what the future holds and how long this will last.

And while having a new date can make you feel secure, what happens if things don’t get better and you are forced to reschedule again? Or you postpone to next year and it turns out that you could have done it earlier?

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Dealing with that unknown and uncertainty makes it hard to make a decision.

So, postponing to an undecided date helps keep your options open. You can wait and see what happens.

And then you can make a decision once you have a better idea of what will happen and when things will be safe.

Of course, no one ever really knows the future, but it’s especially hard to know right now. So waiting isn’t a bad option.

Just keep in mind that dates are filling up especially in 2020 (and soon in 2021 too) with those going with option 1. So you’ll definitely need to be flexible.

#3 – You can get married now and have the wedding later

Another option to consider is to get married now and have your wedding later. What does that mean exactly?

It means eloping right now or when you were scheduled to get married. And then planning the celebration with your loved ones for a later date.

The great thing about this option is that you can still get married. Right now.

You don’t have to put it off. You don’t have to wait another 6 months or year.

It’s important to keep in mind that it may not be legal since you may not able to get the paperwork done. But, it can be done in spirit.

And you can share your love and celebrate even if it’s just the two of you together.

You can also live stream it to your family so they can share in the celebration as well.

Then once everything has calmed down, you can have your wedding exactly how you wanted it. With all the people you want to hug and dance with.

#4 – You can cancel your wedding

While this isn’t technically a way to postpone your wedding, another option is cancelling your wedding all together.

For most couples, this option isn’t going to make the most sense. Partially for financial reasons (you’ll lose deposits), but also because you still want to get married!

But, for some couples, cancelling your wedding might be the best option.

And mainly because the wedding you want has changed.

Perhaps given everything going on with Coronavirus, you just want to elope. Or maybe you now want a small wedding with just family. Or maybe you no longer want a destination wedding, you want one closer to home.

In all these cases, cancelling your wedding, changing plans and starting over, may be the easiest thing to do.

That way you can start fresh and plan the new wedding you want.

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I know things are hard right now. And having to figure out what to do about your wedding doesn’t help.

Because no one wants to postpone their wedding. But, with the current Coronavirus situation, you have to.

But, remember, you do have options! Think through what makes the most sense for you so that you can move forward in the best way possible.

Because things will get better and you will get to celebrate.

And we can help with that! You don’t have to take this all on yourself. Become a Passport to Joy member today.

You’ll get the support and help you need to plan your wedding (and you get to help others too).

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