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Share Your Changing Wedding Plans with Change the Dates

by Joy Editors
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May 7, 2020

We know many of your wedding plans are changing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and during this stressful time we want to make it as easy as possible for you to share wedding updates with your guests.

Joy’s new Change the Dates help you do just that, with free e-cards available in hundreds of beautiful designs and featuring fully customizable text. Whether your date is shifting, or you are moving to a live-streamed ceremony, conveniently keep your guests in the loop with Change the Dates.

Benefits of Online Change the Dates

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, there are several benefits of sending online Change the Dates, Save the Dates, and invitations. 

Online versions save you a considerable amount of money if your plans change and your printed invitations are no longer relevant for your new wedding date or other details. The flexibility of online Change the Dates and invitations allow you to send multiple versions to guests as your plans change, without breaking the bank. All of Joy’s general messages and e-cards are completely free, so you can send as many updates to guests as you need.

Additionally, online Change the Dates and invitations arrive instantly in your guests’ inboxes. If you need to communicate a change in plans in a timely manner to let guests know before they make plans, book travel, or to ask them to join your live-streamed wedding on your original wedding date, online options allow for quick communication vs. sending snail mail.

How to Send Change the Dates 

Easily send Change the Dates through Joy, just as you would send a Save the Date, invitation, or general message. Here’s a quick guide to get you started:

1. Populate your Joy guest list with your guests’ information and email addresses. If you have an existing guest list in a separate spreadsheet, not to worry, you can import it into your Joy guest list.

Joy wedding guest list

2. Select everyone in your Joy guest list that you want to send a Change the Date, click Send Invites & Messages and select Change the Date e-card.

Image of selecting 'change the dates' in Joy message feature

3. Customize your Change the Date to your heart’s desire. You can edit every field of Change the Date e-cards, even the header text. So whether you want your card to read ‘Change the Date,’ ‘New Date, Same Wedding,’ ‘Save Our (New) Date,’ or ‘Join Our Virtual Wedding,’ the sky’s the limit. You can also use the e-cards for other purposes, such as wedding invitations, wedding shower invites, save the dates, etc., since each text field is fully customizable.

If you are live streaming your wedding, which you can do directly through your Joy wedding website, you can even include a link to your live stream within the e-card.

Lastly, don’t forget to add your custom message on the back of the card!

Change the date editing dashboard

4. Send away! As your guests receive your Change the Date, your Joy guest list will track their response.

Within your Joy guest list you’ll be able to see who has received your Change the Date, who has opened it, and who has replied, meaning you know who got the memo and who you need to follow up with!

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Change the Date Examples

Change the Dates are available in every website theme, whether you want to send an e-card with the same theme as your wedding website or choose a different theme for the card. No matter what type of design you are seeking, from classic, floral, or botanical, to watercolor or geometric, you’ll find a theme to fit your style.

See some of our favorites designs below, including phrasing ideas to get you started as you create your Change the Date.

Image of a Change the Date design

Change the Date

Aubrey & Michael

November 14, 2020

San Francisco, CA

New date, same wedding! We can’t wait to celebrate with you this November.

withjoy.com/aubreymichael

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Love is Patient

Jess & Aiden

Due to COVID-19, we’ve made the decision to postpone our wedding until 2021.

Take care, and please visit our wedding website which we’ll keep updated with new wedding plans.

withjoy.com/jess-and-aiden

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Celebrate On A New Date

Lisa & Dave

December 5, 2020

Austin, Texas

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing our wedding for all of our safety. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to celebrating with you.

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Change the Date

Kelsey & Lianne

Due to COVID-19 we’re postponing our wedding until 2021.

New plan: we’re getting married next year, when it is safe for us to celebrate together. Mark your calendars for our (new) wedding date!

withjoy.com/kelsey-and-lianne

Save Our (New) Date

Steven & Casey

April 10, 2021

Positano, Italy

With heavy hearts we are reaching out to share that given the coronavirus epidemic we are postponing our wedding until next April when we can all safely travel again.

Please visit our wedding website which we’ll update with new details and travel arrangements.

withjoy.com/steven-and-casey

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New Date, Same Wedding

Sarah & Jared

October 24, 2020

Seattle, WA

We’re still getting married, just on a different date when it’s safe for us to celebrate together. Look forward to seeing you in Seattle this fall.

withjoy.com/sarah-jared

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Join Our Virtual Wedding

Monica & Cody

May 16, 2020 @ 2 PM PST

While we can’t be together at this time, we are still getting married on our wedding date. Please celebrate with us virtually by joining the live stream on our wedding website!

withjoy.com/moncody

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Change the Date

Aubrey & Michael

November 14, 2020

San Francisco, California

New date, same wedding! We can’t wait to celebrate with you this November.

withjoy.com/aubreymichael

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