Wedding Invitation Q&As

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How to Notify Guests if Wedding is Postponed

Q: My grandmother has become very ill, and my fiancé and I have decided to postpone the wedding. Our invitations have already been mailed and the wedding date is several weeks away. What’s the best way to notify our guests? —Madison, Wisconsin

A: From time to time, weddings must be postponed due to illness, cold feet, a family situation or another reason. You have time to send a printed card to everyone, and if you don’t know the new date, use this wording: Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Adams announce that the marriage of their daughter Jennifer Adams to Michael Connolly has been postponed If your wedding had been just a few days away, phone calls and e-mails are the best way to notify guests; you may decide to alert some in this way as well.

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I have a few friends who included a Save the Date magnet in their wedding announcements. It was pretty helpful - I attached the invitation to my fridge using the magnet provided, and then on the day of the wedding, when I was scrambling to get out the door on time, I was able to quickly locate the invitation for directions. For my Save the Dates, I did a postcard. However, I still like the idea of including a magnet in the actual invitations. My invitations will have a pocket for the RSVP card, and I was thinking of including a magnet of my fiance and I there. Would this be OK, and if so, what would be the proper wording on the magnet at this point - would "Save the Date" still be OK?