Plus, whether or not you even have to.
Outdoor reception with light wood tables and upholstered chairs and ivory runners
Credit: Lauren Fair

Postponing your wedding requires plenty of do-overs—from replacing vendors who aren't available on your new date to reprinting your stationery—and often forces changes to the overall design scheme, too. "Most of the color palette should be reworkable, but I do recommend reworking it," says Piper Hatfield of Piper and Muse. "There are some colors that will need to stay within the palette, like the bridesmaid dress colors, but take another look at the rest of your color palette to make sure it is seasonally appropriate."

Most couples won't need to start from scratch, if at all. If you love the color palette and design you chose, there's absolutely no need to change it. It's still your day, new date or not, and you should have the wedding you always envisioned. Hatfield says, "If you've fallen in love with your color palette and are having a hard time getting past that, do not fret. If pastels are what you want, then pastels can be fine anytime of year." But if you do want to make changes, you don't need to go overboard; a few swaps to the accent colors, florals (which may not be in season or readily available on your new date), and décor details often make the seasonal statement you need without a lot of extra effort.

For the bridal party...

Since your bridesmaids have probably already committed to their dresses, you should work with what they've chosen by choosing new accent colors that reflect the new season. "If the girls were in a blush colored dress for spring, and the rest of the color palette for the spring wedding was pastels, consider adding a sangria with peach and golden tones for a fall wedding," says Hatfield. "For a winter wedding, pair the blush with navy or black and a mix of jewel tones." Adding rich fabrics or neutral bouquets can also update a pale palette, says Megan Chandler of Vero Designs. "If the dresses are a lighter tone, I would suggest weighting those with wintery accessories like pashminas or wraps," says Chandler. "Same for the men—gift them velvet bow ties."

With the florist...

A floral design scheme focused on seasonal blooms will need some alterations, too. "The best thing you can do is arm yourself with the knowledge the blooms that previously may have been available might not be, but each season carries a beautiful selection," says Chandler. "Hopefully the designer you've chosen has invested in your vision enough to know how to mold it to accommodate a different time of year and your style." Substitute dried ferns or ruscus for bright foliage to give a neutral color palette a late-summer look, and opt for pale shades with slightly different undertones.

"If you're a bride that wants a hint of blush maybe your designer would swap out a Sweet Escimo Rose for a Quick Sand Rose—both are fairly faint, but the Quick Sand Roses carry a more papery tone to their petals, whereas a Sweet Escimo Rose is more of a true pale pink and works well with brighter greens," says Chandler. Opting for creamy bouquets and boutonnières of white and deep green can also offset springtime-inspired bridal party attire. "White and green is always timeless and beautiful and it transcends seasons, so it could make your more springtime attire a bit more neutral," says Chandler.

In the details...

Don't underestimate the impact of small—and relatively inexpensive—changes that can move your spring or summer event seamlessly into fall or winter. "My best advice is to get creative in interpreting your design for the season. It may not be all about adjusting a color palette but about playing with the many elements that factor into the design," says Chandler. "There's no need to invest in reworking an entire design when tweaking a handful of elements will do. Where you were previously using peonies, sub in garden roses. Use texture, like velvet, in your linens. Drape soft pashminas over the backs of your ceremony chairs. Ramp up the candlelight. Some of the tones in the florals may change, but counterbalance that the with napkins, candles, or linens—maybe those elements are the pastel or bright feature."

And if you trust your vendors to rework your vision for your new date, you might be surprised by the finished product. "Sometimes these challenges present the opportunity for some creative and innovative solutions," says Hatfield. "There's the possibility that the end result is more beautiful than you could have imagined."


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