How to Tell Guests You’re Postponing Your Wedding

How to Tell Guests You're Postponing Your Wedding

Whether you’re postponing your wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic or any other reason, you’ll have to keep your guests informed about it. All your guests deserve to know about the status of your wedding, as they are one of the most important parts of it.

Many couples have already postponed their weddings because of the pandemic. Of course, postponing a wedding is an uneventful event. It is a heartbreaking thing to do for any couple. Each couple waits for their wedding day, they put a lot of effort and time into wedding planning. Already wedding planning is a stressful journey, and postponing a wedding is even more stressful. However, in some emergency situations like, the coronavirus pandemic – postponing a wedding is the right thing that any couple could do. So, don’t worry you are doing the right thing and you do not have to lose heart as you can get wed-locked the way you have planned once the virus subsides completely.

Since you have already made the difficult decision of postponing your wedding, it’s time to inform your guests about the latest updates regarding your wedding. Especially your out of town guests, they might have done a lot of planning, like booking travel tickets, accommodation, etc. So, it is imperative that you inform them about the latest updates as soon as you can. Here in this post we are sharing with you some ways to tell your wedding guests about the postponement of your wedding.

Here is How to Tell Guests Your Wedding Is Postponed:

1. Speak to your family

When you have already decided to postpone the wedding, the first thing that you have to do is – speak to your families and the wedding party as soon as you can. Start with those who are footing the bill for some or all of the wedding functions. It is important to inform them about the postponement of your wedding. So that they can take timely actions.

2. Inform your guests via email

Seeing the present situations, your guests would already have the idea about the postponements of your wedding. However, ideas don’t work well, you have to inform them formally about it. And the easiest and fastest way to do is – send them all an email. You can send them all a personal email. It may look a task at first, but it is important to do. Of course, it is too early to have a new wedding date; however, right now inform them that the current date has been postponed.

Also, it is important that you use the right wordings and correct reason for postponing your wedding in your email. It’s worth mentioning the background and explaining them how hard it has been for you to make this decision.

Here is an example:

“Ever since the coronavirus outbreak things have changed tremendously, so, we have also decided to postpone our wedding. At the moment the health of our loved ones is more important to us. So, we have decided to wait until the coronavirus subsides and the situation becomes safe for all of us.

Our wedding will now happen at a later date, when the situation is safe for all of us. We will inform you the new wedding dates as soon as we have them. We want to have all our loved ones to celebrate our BIG day with us on the future date. Until then, stay safe and healthy and know that we are always thinking of you in these difficult times.”

3. Call them personally

Some of your guests, like your grandparents, and other elderly relatives won’t be using emails. In such a situation, it is imperative that you make them all a personal call and inform them about the postponement of your wedding. Know that it is going to be a long conversation with each guest. So, you will need to set aside some spare time for making calls. If you have too many elderly guests to call, then better split between you and your partner. Of course, when you call them for giving information about your wedding being postponed, they will feel bad about it. It can be emotionally draining for you, so be prepared for that and stay positive during the conversation. Tell them that the wedding will take place on a later date and you are desperate to celebrate the BIG day with them. Also, don’t forget to mention that you love them and their health and safety is priority right now.

4. Update Your Website

If you have made a wedding website already, then it is important that you keep it up-to-date. You can even use your wedding website to keep your guests informed. All you have to do is just add a note on the homepage about the postponement of your wedding. Make sure you mention the reason for the postponement of your wedding. Your guests would have a lot of queries regarding their travel and accommodation details and refunds. You can consider putting up additional FAQs on your website to help your guests with their queries.

5. Send them wedding postponement card

Fortunately, we are in the era of technology and the same can be used in case of wedding postponement. Just like wedding invites, you can also send your guests wedding postponement cards. You can create a wedding postponement card for making postponement announcements. There are so many apps available to make wedding postponement cards. You can send the card as a text, email, or WhatsApp message.

6. Set a new date

Once you have told everybody, including your guests and wedding vendors about the postponement. It’s time to decide the new wedding date. You can consult your family, bridesmaids, and ushers etc. and see if they can help you find a new wedding date. Make sure you choose a date for the next year. Also, speak to your wedding vendors for the new available future dates. It is important that you choose a new date as soon as possible so that you can make your arrangements accordingly. Know that you may have to compromise at this stage, may be on your favorite wedding photographer or on your favorite venue.

7. Embrace the change

Instead of struggling the chaos, embrace the change! There is no point thinking negative about the future. Instead of struggling to retain the status quo, it is better to embrace the chaos. There are several other things that you can indulge yourself in, like reading, learning cooking, etc. Develop opportunity mindset. There is no dearth of opportunities for people with positive mindset.

8. Stay positive

Last but not least, postponement of wedding is uneventful and disheartening; however, you do not have to lose heart. Just relax and stay positive. Remember that thinking negative about the situation won’t help you anyways. And the truth is your wedding is just postponed, which is not a problem. Instead of getting upset about the situation or struggling about the present state of affairs, it’s better to embrace the whole situation. You don’t need to worry about something which is not in your control, instead focus on things which you can control. Spend time on more positive things, like practicing meditation, doing yoga and exercise, listening to music, following the beauty regime, updating your wedding website, making pinterest boards for your wedding inspiration, etc.

There is so much you can do during these days, instead of getting upset about the situation. Getting upset is not worth it. At the moment, the most important thing is your health and safety, so focus on that. Rest everything will fall in place for sure!


Do not wait to inform your guests, inform them and tell them that your wedding without them will be an incomplete experience for you. That’s the reason you decided to postpone it for later dates. Saying so will make them feel important and a little better. Of course, they will be equally disappointed to know about the postponement of your wedding. So, help them feel good and better. Also, keep yourself happy, motivated, and positive! Know that the decision of postponing your wedding is the best thing at the moment.