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Many couples wonder what to do if the date when they were planning to say "I do" needs to change. While some couples are still choosing to hold small, socially-distanced outdoor ceremonies, some events may have to be rescheduled. If you're planning weddings right now, you'll probably have a ton of questions about changing dates and weighing all the options. You may already be in touch with friends and family about shifting plans, but if you're looking for a more official way to send the news, you might want to consider sending a "change the date" card.
Many of these cards can be printed at home and sent out (an option if you already have postage available in your home), or they can be sent as digital versions. If you've talked to your vendor, you may have already have rescheduled a new date for the festivities. If you don't know the details yet (we know—this is super overwhelming!), that's okay too. You just want to make sure that every guest knows that the event has definitely been postponed, but is still going to happen—and when it does, you'll want them to be there to celebrate with you.
Read on for the best change the date cards.
Creative Union Design Change of Plans Digital Template
With a modern, metallic border adorned with decorative greenery, this whimsical design combines the best of both worlds. The graphic layout looks great on both mobile and desktop.
Blanche Paperie Wedding Postponement Announcement
With delicate sprigs of lavender and greenery, this pretty invite feels like a calming breath of fresh air. Edit the template in your browser and print the invites out in the comfort of your home.
Reply By Design Studio Save the New Date Card
This graphic card is a fun take on a traditional "save the date". It will let your guests know that you're definitely moving forward with the wedding—just at a later date that's safer for everyone.
Smitten Paper Props Virtual Wedding Party Invitation
We love the positive, upbeat vibe of this card. The loose sprigs of eucalyptus add some vibrant color and give the design a laidback, boho look.
Sweet Cloud Design Change of Date Template
This sweet card speaks volumes. With a simple script and delicate drawing, it's the perfect way to both send the news and show your sentiments towards your friends and family.
Ivy Paige Invitations Modern Change the Date
This minimalist design is perfect for a modern couple. Because it's a downloadable template, you can customize the details and then print them out yourself or do a virtual send-off.
Truly Inspired Paper Co. Wedding Postponement Card
This modern pastel postcard can be printed by the vendor and sent out directly to all your people—just send over your guest list in a spreadsheet and they'll take it from there.
Zinger Bug Change of Plans Postcard
The pretty script on this minimalist card says it all. The simplicity of the design is both modern and classic, and it will pair well with other pieces you may have in your wedding paper suite.
Minted Phrosne Ras Funky Names Save the Date
We love the mix of handwriting and type on this more casual, yet modern card. Like so many Minted paper options, the colors can be totally customized to fit your palette, and even the shape of the paper can be altered to one of 5 different silhouettes.
Zola Verona Type Change the Date
This modern change the date card is the perfect way to let your friends and family take note of the new plans. Keep the look clean and simple with a classic black or white paper, or add a rich burgundy or deep blue background to the text.
What to look for in change the date cards
For a change the date card, it's good to go with something short and sweet (no need for another fancy wedding suite!), but you'll also want to make sure that all the info your guests need to know is included. If the new wedding date has been already set, that's great—but it's also ok if it's just a postponement card with more details to follow. The most important thing is to give guests enough time to cancel reservations, so the earlier cards are sent out, the better.
Do we need to send wedding postponement cards?
Notifying guests of the postponement with a phone call or email is fine, but sending a card is a nice touch. Sending out cards to your guest list in one large batch will streamline your process and make sure you don't forget about anyone.
When to send change the date cards
"It's best to notify guests as soon as possible when there will be a change of date," says Katie Fischer Cohen of Katie Fischer Design. "You can send a digital invite or surprise your guests with a new mailed announcement."
Should we announce the new wedding date?
If you've secured a new wedding date, it's fine to include it. If you're still waiting to nail down a date, it's best to send the change the date cards and new save the date separately.
Why Trust Brides
Kate Donovan has worked in the wedding industry for over seven years and has a particular passion for wedding stationery and paper goods. In addition to being a lifestyle editor and decor expert, she is a visual artist and recently created her own line of handpainted notecards.