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Addressing covid precautions in invitations

Jillian, on March 16, 2021 at 8:43 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 1 30
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Hi everyone,

How are you addressing COVID-19 precautions, protocols, and requirements in your invitations?

My original idea was just to have a line that directs people to our website for guidelines, since the situation is still fluid and will likely change in the next few months. But some family members believe I should have a detailed insert.

I can see an argument for both, and thus I'm torn. Would love to know what others are doing. Thanks!

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Latest activity by Leigh, on March 23, 2021 at 7:32 PM
  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    We're just having our wedding website on ours to direct them to the website! We don't see a need to address that on a details card when it's right there on the website, especially since they have to go there anyways to RSVP.

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  • Elizabeth
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    Elizabeth ·
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    I did it on my website. I don't think there's any need to have it in the invitations themselves. People who are wondering will look on your website. What's the reason your family wants the insert?
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  • Expert June 2021
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    If your guests are anything like mine they won’t bother visiting the site. My website was on save the dates and only 3-5 went to it. With information as sensitive as covid you want to make sure it’s easily assessable. Try having it in multiple places. I have a brief insert on the enclosure card that states the state mandated testing they need. But fh and I are sending a covid wedding safety note to our guests to have and will insert our website on it to direct them to our FAQ to see updated info. We figure they’d prefer a clickable link rather than typing the web address from the invitations.
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  • Kimistar
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    I included a small paragraph on the Details card of my invite suite. It mentioned the basics of masks required, stay home if unwell, following all CDC and local guidelines, and more info on our website. Guidelines, case numbers, and any news are constantly changing. I can keep the website updated with any changes including a FAQ’s for guests.
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  • Brigitte
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    I guess I understand wanting to put this information out there, and I know this isn't a popular opinion, but by now wouldn't everyone already know the state mandated safety protocols? Unless I guess you have people from different states coming? By now, I don't think anyone leaves the house without a mask and know to social distance. Or are you planning on implementing other rules at your event? It's just something I find interesting I guess and maybe I don't fully understand. But to relate to your post, I'm only putting covid information on my website. I wanted my invitations to be as normal as possible so they have no mention of covid on them. If people have specific questions that they don't find answered on the website, they can reach out to us.

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    Melanie ·
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    I'm just putting it on my website since things change every week. If you do an insert, I think it would have to be more general such as we'll have hand sanitizer and masks available, only X amount of people will be seated per table, etc. If you go into too much detail, it's possible things could change before your wedding and those statements will no longer be accurate.

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  • T
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    I think there are a few reasons for this. You could have people from different places coming. Some rules apply differently to weddings than the general public. And as restrictions get relaxed in many places, some people might be wondering if particular protocols still apply.


    We just put the info on the website. I didn't want to spend extra for the inserts, didn't really want Covid to be part of our suite, and the biggest thing (quarantine requirements) changed between the wedding and when we sent invites so that wouldn't have applied anyway.
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  • Allie
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    We are just putting the link to our website to look for updates. I don't really see a need to include everything about wearing masks, social distancing, etc. because a lot of that is already known. I do have some guests coming from states that aren't requiring the mask mandate, but they are family, so my family from up here is handling telling them to make sure they have a mask. I don't really think it's necessary to do a whole insert about it.

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  • Katie
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    Katie ·
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    Hi Jillian, we did put an insert (see pic below) and also on our website. Even then, at least for us, I cannot tell you the calls and questions we still received. Bear in mind, we had a cautious crowd. In the area I live, some wedding venues were bending rules and it would go on the news. 🙄 Our insert at least minimized the assumption some guests had that our venue may be doing the same for us, which was not true (our venue obided by all rules). Hope this helps ❤️
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  • Biaani
    Expert May 2021
    Biaani ·
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    I printed this message on 2.5 x 4 inch white shimmer cardstock and send it with the invites.


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  • Melody
    Expert April 2021
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    We just have the information on our website. Our guests are all tech-savvy, so the website is listed on an insert and guests are directed to go there to RSVP anyway. We didn't want our invitations cluttered with info or making mention of The Thing that's been driving us crazy for the past year. The info is easily accessible on the website and we have no problem with guests reaching out to us if they have questions.

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  • Rebecca
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    Rebecca ·
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    I have a tab on our wedding website for COVID info. It’s my hope people will look when RSVPing online. We will be having a buffet style meal (whatever that may look like in July). I’m planning to activate the “meal choice” option and writing in something like “I have visited the Covid info page and will check again closer to the event” to hopefully get people’s attention when they RSVP. This is my plan right now anyways.
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    Expert May 2021
    Jaime ·
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    Our RSVP cards direct people to our website to RSVP and to view the safety precautions in place for our day. There is a 'Safety' tab where all of this is included.

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    Jillian ·
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    Thanks for your reply! Very helpful.

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    Jillian ·
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    I think they want the insert so:

    1) No one can say they didn't know there would be precautions and protocols (I have some COVID deniers in my family, unfortunately).

    2) Those who are nervous about attending can be comforted that we will make the event as safe as possible.

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    Jillian ·
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    A safety note is a really good idea, thank you! Yeah, like I said, I definitely see the argument for having the information in as many places as possible. You don't want anyone saying they didn't know they had to take a test, etc.

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    Jillian ·
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    Thanks for the ideas!

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    Jillian ·
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    We do have some out of state guests on our list (I don't think they will attend). To be honest, I think my parents are just worried about a certain group of family members who don't follow any of the guidelines and like make a ruckus about it. So they think it's best that we make it plain as day that the guidelines will be enforced.

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    Jillian ·
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    Yeah, that's why I wanted to direct people to the website. Too much changing every day. Even if I do have an insert, it would be a longer, more detailed version of, "Please visit our website for updates."

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    Jillian ·
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    Price is a big factor for me as well. Invitations are already so expensive.

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