How to Tell Guests Your Wedding is Postponed or Canceled

Although incredibly unfortunate, wedding cancellations do happen. Some cancellations may only be temporary while others are unfortunately permanent. Whether you’re postponing your wedding or canceling it, letting guests know is top priority. The best way to let everyone know is to properly communicate your wedding cancellation or postponement.


Here are 6 reasons a wedding may be postponed and how to communicate it to your guests.


  • 1. National Emergency
  • A national emergency, like coronavirus, can have heartbreaking consequences for engaged couples. If you’re having to postpone your wedding due to a national emergency, take solace in knowing you’re not alone.
  • Explanation: This can be done through word of mouth, but it’s best to also send an official announcement. Our sister company, Ann’s Bridal Bargains, has a fabulous and affordable collection of Change the Date Cards that you’ll absolutely love! Your wording might look something like, “Dear Loved Ones, Thank you for your patience as we set our new wedding date. Your support and outpouring of love has made this tough time so much more bearable. We love you all and cannot wait to celebrate with you! Please save our new date: June12th, 2021.”
  • 2. Cold Feet
  • You might think that cold feet would mean the wedding is cancelled permanently but there are many couples who stay together but simply choose to take more time before getting married.
  • Explanation: best done through word of mouth and/or verbally by the couple. Keep it short and sweet: “We both felt like we needed a little more time, and a little more money, to have the wedding we really wanted.”
  • 3. Venue/Vendor Trouble
  • Perhaps the venue accidentally booked two weddings on one day or maybe the caterer or band you simply must have isn’t available as promised. Although unfortunate, these mix-ups happen from time to time.
  • Explanation: Due to unforeseen issues with our venue, we will be postponing the wedding until further notice. Thank you for understanding.
  • 4. Death in the Family
  • Our sincerest condolences if you find yourself postponing your wedding for this reason but rest assured that you will want to give yourselves (and other family members) plenty of time to recover so everyone is able to celebrate your nuptials joyfully.
  • Explanation: We regret to inform you that we have chosen to postpone our wedding in order to mourn the loss of [name and relation]. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.
  • 5. Natural Disaster
  • When hurricanes, tornadoes and floods wreak havoc, you can bet there were couples planning to get married in the affected areas. It takes time for towns to recover, buildings to be rebuilt, etc.
  • Explanation: We are saddened by the recent [natural disaster] in [location], and have decided to postpone our wedding until we find a new location to celebrate.
  • 6. Surprise!
  • Life is full of surprises and some of those surprises come in the form of cute little babies. Don’t be discouraged! Getting pregnant in the midst of wedding planning may present some challenges, but changing the wedding date could help relieve some stress.
  • Explanation: None needed. Again this is best spread through word of mouth and/or verbally by the couple.

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