Whether it is a death in the family or an unavoidable work commitment, life happens, and sometimes that means changing your wedding date. It is one of the worse things that can happen for both the engaged couple and the guests as it means everyone has to change their plans. If you have booked your venue and sent out your save-the-dates, here are a few things to expect when changing your wedding date.
A Bit More Planning
Expect more planning and some frustration when changing your wedding date. If you’re moving your date back, you might only need to deal with vendors and the venue, but if you’re pushing your date forward, it may cause some additional problem. Vendors like dressmakers, caterers, and florists that work on a timeline and need to order in what they need to produce whatever they produce. You might have to pay extra, opt for something different, or scrap the item all together.
You Will Losing Money
If you’re changing your wedding date at short notice, you will lose money! From the photographer and makeup artists to the catering company and the venue, you will most likely lose the deposit you’ve put down to hold the date. You might also have to pay a cancelation fee for other vendors. If you are only changing the date and not the venue, you can negotiate with vendors, including the venue to not have to lose money. Remember that guests from out of town are also losing money on accommodation and transport, so maybe don’t expect or ask for pre-wedding events and wedding gifts.
Some Guests May Not Attend
When you send your save-the-date, your guests will block out that day or weekend in their calendar. But when you change your wedding date, some of those who RSVPed ‘yes’ might not be able to make it anymore. Whether they have another wedding to can’t afford, can’t fly into town for a second time or can’t get off work, there will be a few guests that won’t be able to make it. Our advice is that you make plans with guests that can’t make the second date after your honeymoon.
The Wedding Party Being Unavailable
Like your guests, your wedding party may also be unavailable for your wedding. With a new date, you can’t expect all the members of your wedding party to be still available. To avoid this, ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be by your side on your big day again. Keep your expectation reasonable and don’t get mad if they can no longer be part of your wedding day.
Try To Avoid Inviting New Guests To The Second Date
Once you know who can and can’t attend your wedding on the new date, you’ll have a new guest list with a few empty spots. We’d suggest not filling these spots as new guests can often feel like not good enough to a second class citizen. Put yourself into their shoes and how you might be wondering why you weren’t invited to the original wedding.