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Hello! This week we’re tackling a much-needed topic right now – the etiquette of postponing a wedding. As many of you will have recently had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone your weddings we want to make this often upsetting process as quick and simple as possible. For many couples this will be a totally unforseen circumstance so we have some practical steps you can take right now to inform your vendors, family and friends of your decision.

1. Lean on your Wedding Suppliers

This is unchartered territory for most couples but for experienced wedding suppliers this is not the first or last time they will have dealt with having to postpone a wedding. Call you highest priority suppliers, such as your wedding planner, venue coordinator, photographer and videographer. They will be well-versed on the best way to go about rescheduling your wedding and will be able to help you make the necessary arrangements.

2. Commnication is Key

Your guests will appreciate any updates. If you have a wedding website like Joy, Appy Couple or Zankyou use it to keep your guests in the loop. When you are ready to let guests know that you have decided to postpone your wedding you need to notify your guests as soon as possible as many will need to rearrange travel or have deadlines within which to apply for a refund. You can do this by updating your wedding website, via email, text or via post. It is important to explaing why you have made the decision to postpone in a clear and concise way, i.e. “Due to health risks” or “due to the grooms illness”. Here are some examples of how your message should read:

(If you are still unsure of a new date)

“Due to high risk to the health of our family, friends and vendors, the wedding of Sarah Edwards to Nicholas Cole will not take place on May 14th, 2020 as originally planned. A new wedding date will be announced as soon as possible.”

(If you already know the new date)

Mr. and Mrs. Edwards 

Announce that the wedding of their daughter

Miss Sarah Edwards

to 

Mr. Nicholas Cole

Which was postponed, will now take place

on July 20th, 2021, at The Lodge.

JesMarried has this free editable PDF printable and Every Last Detail has also put together a wedding postponement email template to send to your guests to make life a little easier.

Be prepared that if you decide to postpone not all the guests that were originally attending your wedding may be able to attend the new date whether it be because of travel, work or family committments. So reassure guests that you understand that their attendance in the future might not be possible to avoid any potential awkward conversations. Be sure to also confirm each guest has received your update by asking them to respond acknowledging the change.

3. Notify ALL your Vendors

By now you will have already been in contact with all your high priority suppliers as you lean on them for advise and support during this difficult time. But now it’s time to make sure all your vendors are aware of your change. Start by checking all your contracts, especially looking for information regarding the force majeure or rescheduling clauses and any charges you might incur i.e loss of initial deposit. Don’t forget this is an especially stressful time for your vendors too as theire businesses are also taking a hit so please remember to be polite and understanding of their situation – we’re all in this together.

Contact them first by phone and follow up with an email so you have everything, including new arrangements in writing. Due to the current circumstances most vendors are going to be flexible and will try to work with you on honoring your original plans for the new date as much as possible. Also bear in mind, by now vendors will already have full calendars, so be willing to consider an off peak day when rearranaging your wedding dates.

4. Try to Stay Positive!

I know that is so much easier said then done, my wedding was just a few months ago and I know how much money, time and energy goes into making your wedding day perfect. I can’t even imagine how so many of you are feeling with all this added stress. Allow yourself to feel all the emotions your experiencing right now, anger, upset, frustration, even wallow in it for a couple of days but as soon as you can, start to find the positives – that extra time to save more money or more time to plan. There’s no reason why your wedding won’t be as equally perfect on the new date, you love one another and thats all that really matters.

We’re sending love to everyone reading this! A lot of you will be extremely distressed and panicked at this time and we want you to know we’re thinking of you. Stay safe! xx

 

Article from https://www.bespoke-bride.com/

Fishtail wedding dresses – despite fitting closely to the body, before they flare out – can be among the more flattering of silhouettes. Column-like shapes to elongate the body, but with just enough volume in the skirt to add the requisite levels of big day ‘drama,’ it’s easy to see why the style is so popular.

From tulle-panelled lace and trumpet hems, to crepe and fluted cotton blends, there are plenty of different cuts and fabrics to choose between, for a wedding dress that is both stand-out, but classic at the same time.

 

Lois Adeoshun, on ELLE’s fashion team, says: ‘Fishtail wedding dresses are a great style for complementing your curves and snatching that waist! They hug your body in all the right places giving you the showstopper moment that brides dreams of.’

While vintage wedding dresses and power suits are also fail-safe choices for nuptials, a fishtail shape is a great alternative for those wanting to add a modern twist to their bridal look.

An article by KATIE O’MALLEY from Elle magazine

Here are the best fishtail dresses you can buy from Lace and Button
Brona

Brona

Daian

Daian

Debra

Debra

Felisia

Felisia

Helly

Helly

Jessika

Jessika

Novela

Novela

Palmer

Palmer

Perry

Perry

Terron

Terron

Uma

Uma

Vivi

Vivi

Rachelle

Rachelle

Terciya

Terciya

Elika

Elika

I always struggle to think of unique and original ideas when it comes to wedding gifts for couples.

I love giving gifts and when it comes to birthdays, Christmases and anniversaries I try to put as much thought into them as possible, but wedding gifts for couples always have me stumped! In the end I usually return to the terribly unoriginal idea of money or vouchers. Whilst I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, I want to be able to give gifts that are something to remember, a reminder of their journey into wedded bliss.

So with the help of alternative gift list Zankyou, we have created this list of 10 fabulously original Wedding gift ideas. You will NEVER be stuck for ideas again!

1. Rent a Car for a Honeymoon or Road Trip

We have all witnessed the classic scene, just married and driving into the distance followed by a cluster of cans. What if you could drive away in your dream set of wheels completely funded by the guests who just showered you with rice and confetti? Now it’s so easy to crowd fund whatever you want. Doesn’t that beat a spare toaster and an overly expensive set of ‘his and her’ towels?

2. Contribute with a Charity Donation

In this very materialistic world that we live in, it’s easy to get carried away adding items to your gift list that you really don’t need. Maybe you would prefer your guests to donate their contributions to a charity that’s close to your heart. Many people already donate every month to a charity of their choice, so a bulk payment from your guests with wedding favours thanking them for doing so, is a lovely and selfless way of doing it.

3. Take Lessons Together

Lessons are such fun couple activity, not only will you learn something new, you may discover a new lifetime hobby that you can continue to do together? Diving, Dance, Cooking, Massage and Guitar lessons are just a few ideas of the type of lessons you could try your hand at.

4. Be a Thrill Seeker

If your couple have a sense of adventure why not gift them the experience of a lifetime? From thrilling Parachute Jumps to romantic balloon rides, this really is the most memorable way to start your married life together.

5. Invest in a Piece of Art

An investment into a piece of art is ideal for choosing a more personalised gift. Whether you would be prefer it to be bespoke, limited edition or by an emerging artist, there really is something for everyone.

6. Hire an Interior Designer

Start married life in the house of your dreams with the help of an interior designer!

7. Wine Tasting

If you fancy yourself as something of a wine connoisseur then this might just be for you!

8. Concert or festival Tickets

With festival weddings being so popular this year, I am betting my bottom dollar that we have a fair few festival loving couples reading this blog so why not ask your guests to contribute to tickets for your favourite festival or concert? This would be a great way to celebrate your honeymoon in style and you could even make it a little more luxurious by splashing our and going glamping!

9. Save for the future

Whether you’re looking for a little extra money for a deposit on a new home, or perhaps you want to set up a pension plan, there are many ways in which people want and need to plan for their futures financially. Perhaps paying off part of your mortgage is a huge weight off your mind? Then a cash gift from your guests can allow you to get one step closer to financial freedom.

 10. Dream Honeymoon Fund

Why not use your gift list to fund your dream honeymoon? With cash gift list services like Zankyou, you can customise your honeymoon fund down to the very smallest details. Your guests will take great pleasure from the fact that their contribution is specifically paying for your romantic meal in Cancún, a visit to Disneyland or snorkelling in the Caribbean.

You could even list different stages of a world tour if you and your partner are the adventurous kind. Allow your guests to fund your exploration of Europe or your journey to the Far East of Asia. Where do you want to go? The sky really is your limit!

So tell me what will you be asking from your guests? Will you be asking for anything at all? I think mine would definitely be half for a dream honeymoon and half for charity, what about you, let us know in the comments below?

Author: Emily https://www.bespoke-bride.com/