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While postponing a wedding is never an ideal scenario, it does happen and is unfortunately unavoidable in some situations. If your wedding plans have recently changed due to inclement weather, personal conflicts, a family emergency, or a public health crisis, it's important to notify your wedding guests of the news and share updated details as soon as possible. Whether or not you've finalized a new date and/or location, you'll want to explain why your plans have changed and reassure guests that you'll share more information when you can.

If your original wedding date is less than two months away, emails and group texts/chats are the quickest ways to make a wedding postponement announcement (you can break these into friend groups, relatives, etc. if the thought of one massive announcement feels overwhelming). You can also use Facebook and Instagram to spread the details—consider using the "Close Friends" feature to limit the message to only your followers who are currently on your guest list. 

Finally, update your wedding website as soon as possible with the new date, location, and any other information guests may need to know, such as how to travel to the new venue or details about hotel accommodations/room blocks. If the new date is several months to a year out, you can reprint save-the-date cards and wedding invitations based on your timeframe and budget. 

If you're postponing a wedding, use these announcement wording examples to notify your guests depending on your situation. 

When you're postponing a wedding and updating your wedding website, but you don't have a new date yet:

Even if you're still working out all of the details—or your wedding has been postponed indefinitely—you can notify your loved ones about your decision. Adding a message to your wedding website is one of the first actions you should take when postponing a wedding, especially in last-minute situations. Try these examples.   

"We are saddened by [add situation here] and have decided to postpone our wedding until we choose a new [date and/or location] to celebrate. We will share the updated details with you as soon as they’re available."

OR

"Due to [add situation here], the wedding of Jane Anne Doe to John Steven Smith will not take place on November 4th as originally planned. A new wedding date will be announced as soon as possible."

When you're postponing a wedding and sending new save-the-dates:

This option is best recommended for the longest lead times—for example, if your wedding was originally scheduled to take place anywhere from eight months to a year away (rather than a few months or weeks out), or if you are postponing your wedding until the following year. You can also follow this route if you've selected a new wedding date but are still finalizing your venue/location. Although you're spreading the news about your wedding postponement via mail, you should also update your wedding website with a short message. Here are two examples for wording save-the-dates when postponing a wedding. 

"We regret to inform you that the wedding of Jane Doe to John Smith will not take place as scheduled, due to [add reason here]. Please save the new date of March 10, 2021. Formal invitation to follow."

OR for a more casual feel:

"Due to [add reason here], we have decided to reschedule our wedding to now take place on March, 10, 2021. Invitation and details to follow."

When you're resending your invitations:

We recommend this option if you are postponing your wedding by six months or less. If you've already sent out your save-the-dates but have not mailed formal invitations (which are traditionally distributed six to eight weeks before your wedding), you should personally notify your guests of the change, as well as include information about the wedding postponement with your invitations and on your wedding website. Ask your wedding stationer if it's possible to include an envelope insert with the updated details, which you can write a few different ways.

If you are hosting your own wedding: 

The marriage of Ms. Jane Ann Doe and Mr. John Steven Smith has been postponed until Saturday, the tenth of March, Two Thousand and Twenty One at half past five o’clock.

Springfield Country Club

123 Spruce Drive

Reception and dancing to follow

OR when your parents/family are hosting your wedding: 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Doe announce that the wedding of their daughter Miss Jane Anne to Mr. John Steven Smith, which was postponed, will now take place on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at the Springfield Country Club. 

Half past five o'clock

123 Spruce Drive

Reception and dancing to follow