With many couples having to postpone their weddings due to the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are wondering how to properly communicate any changes to their guests. Wedding postponement cards or “Change the Date” cards have been around for years, but now they’re getting a huge makeover due to the current world situation. If you’re curious about Change the Date cards, or are considering sending them to your guests, we have some helpful tips for you. We’ve even included some of our favourite design inspirations!
What is a “Change the Date” Card?
We’ve all been the recipient of those cute Save the Dates that our friends and family members send out to give you a heads up of their upcoming wedding date. Well, a Change the Date is just like that but for – you guessed it – changing the wedding date!
How Should I Send a Change the Date?
Typically, a Change the Date is sent in a digital format, but many couples are opting to order stationery to send out to family members as well. These are just as simple as Save the Date cards with very basic information including the new wedding date and location.
Addressing the Change of Date with Guests
It’s important to let your guests know as soon as possible if you are having to postpone your wedding. Make sure that you do this in as many ways as possible – your wedding website, a phone call, emails, or even starting a text chain. You need to make sure that every guest is informed! You can start with any of these methods and then send out your Change the Date card later as a reminder to guests of your secured date and location.
When You Can’t Find the Words…
Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to say when you’re sending out date changes. Here are some examples of wording you can use.
If You Haven’t Secured an Official Postponement Date
Due to the current health emergency of COVID-19, the wedding of Jane Doe to John Smith will regrettably not take place on July 20 as originally planned.
A new wedding date will be announced as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
If You Have a Secured Date
We regret to inform you that the wedding of Jane Doe to John Smith will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
Please save the new date of November 7, 2020.
Formal invitation to follow. (Or for a more casual feel: Invitations and details to follow)
Designing and Printing Change the Date Cards
If you’re not a creative person and just need a basic Change the Date, you can check out sites like Vistaprint or Minted. They offer pre-made designs that you can just put your information into and order.
Designs We Love
With so many great options when it comes to Change the Date cards, you can give both yourself and your guests something to look forward to when we our world begins to return to normal.