The word "postpone" is a dreadful one when your wedding dates are around the corner. However, there could be unavoidable circumstances and the situation might demand you to postpone the wedding. It could be bad weather, a family crisis or some political and other natural crisis too. With the current situation of the outbreak of COVID-19, it is a massive public health emergency that we all are aware of.
In the given scenario, if your wedding is around the corner and the emergency will not secede until then, you might have to postpone the celebrations. There are many people who might be affected by the change of dates for your wedding apart from your family, extended family and in-laws - like the vendors, your guests and so on.
Apart from making those immediate calls to the professional vendors involved and making the necessary changes, you will have to inform your guests. You might not have any fixed date on mind yet, but the message needs to go out and you can update them with the details when feasible.
Here are 5 templates for change the date that might come in handy while framing your own.
From the Parents
In an Indian wedding, the invitations are ideally sent by the parents or on behalf of the parents. Making sure your guests know about the change of decision while upholding the same formality and demeanour, here is a change the date template that can be sent by parents.
When they have a date
"We are extremely saddened by the current situation of health emergency caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 and have therefore decided to postpone the wedding of Anjali & Raj that was to be held on the 5th of April, 2020 at [Venue].
It will now be held on the 20th of September, 2020 at [Venue] and we would love for you to be present during the holy ceremony and bestow our children with blessings and love as they tie the knot.
[Name of Mother & Father]"
When the final date is flexible
"Due to the current situation of health emergency caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, the wedding of Anjali & Raj that was to be held on the 5th of April, 2020 at [Venue]; will not be taking place yet & it stands postponed as of now.
We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. Thank you for your understanding and support.
A new date for their wedding will be announced soon.
[Name of Mother & Father]"
From The Couple
If the couple themselves are sending out the change the dates, then they can add a personal note for their friends and close family members and keep it more on the formal side for their acquaintances.
With finalised dates
"We regret to inform you that the wedding of Anjali & Raj will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 health emergency and the situations that follow.
Please save the new date of September 10, 2020.
A formal invitation will follow."
"We regret to inform you that our wedding will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 health emergency and the situations that follow.
Please save the new date: September 10, 2020.
Find the details on our wedding website: www.anjali&raj.com"
With flexible dates
"Due to the current health emergency of COVID-19, the wedding of Raj & Anjali will regrettably not take place on April 18th as originally planned.
A new wedding date will be announced as soon as possible. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused."
To make it on the lighter side, or for the friends who give you space for the informal ones, these are our favourite picks:
"This is just to inform you that you have got more time to practice those thumkas! The wedding of Anjali & Raj has been postponed to 10th of September, 2020 and you better make the most of this!
"KEEP CALM, THE WEDDING IS ON...IT'S WAY, a little later! Yes, it's still happening, just on the 10th of September now!
The Soon-to-be Mr & Mrs"
You can send these change the dates to your near and dear ones through the good old emails and even through WhatsApp. We would suggest you drop the idea of sending physical change the dates until the cloud of uncertainty doesn't pass over and make it work with e-invites. The COVID-19 is a bad day that might last a little longer than usual bad days and the silver lining is on its way already!
You can send your revised wedding invites or boxed invitations or even scrolled invitations, once things get better!
Stay put at home and enjoy some games and movies with your loved ones and make the social distancing a memorable time you spend before your big day! We are sure your friends, family and acquaintances will stand by you through these tough times until your fairytale comes true!