What to Include on your Change the Date Card

What to Include on Your Change the Date Card

If you’re changing your wedding date, you’ll need to communicate this to your guests as soon as possible. What’s the best way to share this news, and how do you word it? Don’t sweat it! We have a game plan for you…

Romantic, elegant photo change the date card

Wedding planning is a challenge in the best of times. Throw a global pandemic into the mix, and we’re talking epically stressful! Covid-19 is forcing couples to rethink their wedding plans, and most are having to move their weddings to 2021 or even 2022. This is a massive undertaking – everything from bachelor / bachelorette parties, bridal showers, to the big day itself are having to be rescheduled and re-thought. Whew.

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Postponement Basics

The first steps to postponing your wedding include rescheduling with vendors, discussing new plans with your families, and maybe even mourning the loss of your original date with a little self-care (a nice bottle of vino and a viewing of My Best Friend’s Wedding, anyone?).

You may also want to check with your insurance company to see if you can recoup any losses incurred with the original date cancellation. Most vendors will allow you to carry your deposit payments over to the new date. Here at Fine Day Press, if you’ve put down a deposit on a wedding invitation order, and perhaps even started design proofs, we are happy to put your order on hold until you’re ready to print invitations with the new information.

elegant, simple calligraphy change the date card

Spread the Word

The next step to take care of: Sharing the news of the postponement with your guests! This should be done as soon as possible, once you’ve coordinated your new date. Alternately, if you don’t have a new date locked down yet, but need to let your guests know that the original date is not happening, again, spreading the word as soon as you know you’ll be rescheduling is the way to go.

You can share this news on your website, via phone calls and email. In addition, we highly recommend simply sending a Change of Date card in the mail to your original guest list. Most likely, you’ve already got your guest list pulled together so it’s simply a matter of ordering the card and getting it in the mail!

See our wording recommendations below:

What to Include on your Change the Date Card

• A Catchy Headline
“Save our New Date”, “Postponed!”, “Change the Date” or even, “Let’s Try This Again” are all perfect options.

• Your Names
Since it’s not a formal invitation, you can get away with just first names, but your full names will work too.

• Your New Date
2021 is going to be a busy year, so make sure guests can mark their calendars! Don’t have a new date yet? Simply say “Details to follow”.

• Your Location
As with Save the Date cards, city & state are sufficient on a Change of Date card. Specific venue can be provided on the new invitations.

• Wedding Website
If you have a website, this is great to include so your guests can check the sites for the most up-to-the-minute info!

Let us make it easy for you. Check out our ready-to-order Change the Date cards – we can also convert any of our Save the Date Collection designs into a Change of Date. So get shopping!

Fun, modern change of date card, printed with your photo

To Wrap it up…

Start thinking about sending new invitations

In nearly all cases, you will most likely need to send new invitations out for your rescheduled wedding date! You’ll want to share all the fun details of your new plans so guests can get it on their calendars and make any appropriate travel plans. And of course responses will be needed as well so you have a headcount on who’s planning to attend. Fine Day Press is offering a 30% discount for our clients on invitation reprints of the same design with your new event details in place; many stationers have a similar discount in effect.


Lastly, just because your wedding date is postponed does not make it any less special! Your big day will be worth the wait and just think of how meaningful it will be when you finally get to the altar. On top of that, post-Covid, after all the staying home, guests are going to be seriously ready to party down, and your reception celebration is going to be major!!

xo, ashley

And that, friends, is all you need to know about Change the Date cards!