How to word a wedding postponement announcement.
So you've made the difficult decision to postpone your wedding. I know that was a supremely difficult decision to make. Whether it is because of the current corona virus situation or for another reason, you've got to let your guests know right away. Even if you are still waiting to confirm a new date, you'll need to inform everyone of the situation in a very concise manner that will allow your guests know that you are excited to celebrate with them.
It is best to call your close family and inner circle of friends first. If the change of date is with in 8 weeks you should inform the rest of your guest list via email and immediately update your wedding website. The best option, especially considering not all of your guest list use or have access online resources, would be to send out the announcements by mail. The wording of the announcement will depend on the situation and message you want to send. The following are some examples of how the announcement should read.
IF YOU HAVE CONFIRMED YOUR NEW DATE:
The marriage of [NAME] and [NAME] has been postponed until [NEW DATE]. Invitation and details to follow.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to reschedule our wedding to take place on [NEW DATE]. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will still be able to celebrate with us.
Save our NEW wedding date! [NEW DATE] We can’t wait to celebrate with you.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A NEW DATE YET:
Due to circumstances out of our control, we regret to announce that we have postponed our wedding. We apologize for any inconvenience to you and we thank you for your understanding. We will share updated details as soon as possible!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our wedding. New details to follow soon.
After careful consideration, and in light of current events, we have decided to postpone our wedding. We look forward to celebrating safely at a future date. Please stay tuned for details!
IF YOU ARE POSTPONING THE CELEBRATION BUT NOT THE CEREMONY:
Due to current circumstances, we have decided to hold a small private ceremony on our scheduled wedding date, [DATE]. We will be holding a reception soon. More details of this celebration to follow.
In light of the current situation, we have decided to elope. We look forward to celebrating our marriage with you at a future date. Details to come soon.
Don't be afraid to have fun with it. Come up with something that suits you but gets the message to your guests in clearly and in a manner they'll know is you as a couple.
Lastly, change up the way in which you ask your guests to RSVP to the postponement announcement. You will be able to mange your guest list and avoid confusion a little easier.