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Just Said Yes January 2021

Any December or January weddings out there? How are you handling the new restrictions?

Rachel, on November 14, 2020 at 6:51 AM

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My wedding is set for 1/16/21. We just heard that our state is going to social gatherings of no more than 25 and bars/restaurants no more than 25% capacity. I’m still waiting to hear back from the venue on exactly how many guests we can have. My fiancé and I are so conflicted as to what to do! I...
My wedding is set for 1/16/21. We just heard that our state is going to social gatherings of no more than 25 and bars/restaurants no more than 25% capacity. I’m still waiting to hear back from the venue on exactly how many guests we can have. My fiancé and I are so conflicted as to what to do! I think if it’s possible we want to power through and get married even if most of our guests can’t come, but my fiancé’s brothers are in the military and probably won’t be able to make it because of travel restrictions. I don’t want to postpone our actual ceremony, but I feel like having the reception later wouldn’t be as special if we were already married a year earlier. Thoughts??? I’m defeated and sad.

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  • Amy
    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Amy ·
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    Well mine is 1/2/2021. What my fiancé and I decided to do early on was to do just our parents and his grandmother along with the pastor, the musicians, and any vendors that had to come set up. That way, we could be neutral and just hire a professional to live stream it to anyone we would want to come if we were able to without the restrictions. We kept our original venue and everything.
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  • Ariella
    Just Said Yes January 2021
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    We were supposed to be married much earlier this year, but we have not even been able to see each other since January. He lives in Russia, I live in Canada. Because of Covid Russia is not open to Canadians, and it is very hard for Russians to get a visa to even visit Canada (we've tried). We are meeting in Mexico in January to get married - just the two of us. Every day I pray that borders don't get closed, travel bans do not happen, and flights don't get cancelled. I have not had a kiss from him in 312 days and hopefully I only have to wait another 45.

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  • Lagier
    Just Said Yes January 2021
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    1/10/21 #leachforthestars -Virgin Islands, we need to get a negative covid test and the wedding is on the beach and the ceremony on a hotel deck--only about 24 family members are going-final RSVP date is 12/1/20. I'm still excited and trying to stay positive.

    Random question Dump:

    Should I social distance the chairs?

    Are you guys streaming?

    Did I mention I'm vegan- so menu-planning has been interesting....

    I play to write a blog post about I planned this wedding in 6 months and we are still staying under budgetSmiley smile

    Sending good vibes to everyone and remember Love always wins.

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  • Kelly
    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Kelly ·
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    We are wedding date twins! Also getting married on 1/16/2021 and pushing ahead with our original plans. Our wedding is in south Georgia and we don’t anticipate any more shutdowns hopefully, but our guest list only had 100 people to start with and will likely end up having more like 50-60 due to Covid. We will of course ask our guests to wear masks and spread out as much as possible. It’s definitely stressful though, hoping it doesn’t continue to get worst! Sending hugs and love to all the other stressed our brides out there!
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  • T
    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Tye ·
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    I totally understand and I am in the same boat. My wedding is scheduled for the end of May but most of my guest are afraid to attend and our venue is currently closed. I say keep your wedding date and postpone your reception. That sucks I know but remember you are marrying the man of your dreams and that is what this is really all about. Good luck and stay safe!
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  • Morgan
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    My fiancée and I had the same thoughts. Our wedding is set for January 3rd and our original guest list was 250 people. Then the restrictions limited us to 100 people, then 50 people, then 25 people and now my state has completely banned indoor events all together. We have changed our plans several times. Originally, I too felt that still getting married this year but postponing the reception a year would make the reception less special. I thought by then since we’d would already have been married a whole year that we would be celebrating old news. I now feel that it’s not a guarantee that we will even be able to celebrate next year with everyone. We don’t know where we will be having our ceremony since we are almost under complete lockdown again but we’ve decided we just need the 2 of us wherever it may be. Next year we will have a reception to celebrate and we will reenact our whole ceremony almost like a vow renewal. Not what I always dreamed of by at this point there’s not anything we can do.
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  • Whitney
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    Our date is January 9th, 2021 and we are also concerned about shut downs. We are expecting about 50 guests at ours, but that number may go down drastically if COVID gets much worse again. For us, the main issue is that we spent a lot of money on some vendors so it would be disappointing if not many people showed up. Right now we are really trying to stick to our date because the Spring brings a lot of rain and tornados, and Summer gets hot FAST where we live. I certainly don't want to push it out a whole year because I'm not getting any younger and I'm gonna need to start working on some babies next year! Haha. Wishing all of us good luck that we don't have to re-plan our weddings Smiley atonished

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  • Futuremrs.v
    Savvy January 2021
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    I live in a small town in WA. They just changed the guidelines to a 30 person wedding now. Fiancé and I are still gonna get married no matter what. Even if it is just us and the pastor. We have waited six years and a pandemic isn’t going to get in the way!!
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    Adrinnie ·
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    Hi our wedding date is 1/1/21 but I changed it yesterday because I’m scare that it will have to be postponed due to Covid. I did not want to lose any money things are much too expensive for that! Good luck to you
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  • Lena
    Just Said Yes June 2021
    Lena ·
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    We are probably postponing ours (again) until June😫
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  • Noelle
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    Hi Brittany,

    I live in Philadelphia as well! I'm sending all good vibes and positivity your way! I'm getting married on 6/11/21. I'm so nervous to send out save the dates in the next couple of weeks with everything going on.

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  • Ellen
    Savvy January 2021
    Ellen ·
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    Our wedding is January 9th. We are in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. We cut our guest list from 100 to 35. Likely 30 will attend. Our venue is requiring temperature checks, masks when not eating/drinking at your table, only households sitting together, and social distancing. We will likely have 14 tables with 2 people at each of them. Definitely not the wedding I originally planned but we are keeping our date no matter what (even if it ends up just being us) and following all precautions.
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  • Virginia
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    Virginia ·
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    Don't feel defeated! Please remind yourself that none of this is your fault. Smiley heart

    We're restricted to 75 people right now, which was devastating when we had to tell the ones who got a Save the Date that they weren't getting a follow up invitation. Fortunately, everyone was really cool and understanding about it, but it still didn't stop it from hurting. It's really tough when you have this idea of what your wedding will be and how it's not possible to implement all of it because of COVID.

    We are taking some safety measures with the staff and DJ. We're asking everyone to place their song requests ahead of time to keep the DJ safe. The caterers will handle the food. While it's still a buffet, they will be the ones using the serving utensils. Guests can just tell them what they want.

    If things get worse though, like you, we still want to get married on the date we chose. Talk with your vendors about your worries on the subject. They all are really understanding and all of ours will move along with us to a different date with no penalty. If we have to, we'll have the ceremony and then do the reception another day when people can come and party without worry!

    Good luck to you on whatever you decide.

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  • Lena
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    Lena ·
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    We are restricted to 25.... our guest list was only 32 to begin with so this wouldn’t happen, but we weren’t expecting this spike. I keep going back and forth on whether or not to postpone. Our date is Jan 2nd.
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  • Virginia
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    Virginia ·
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    I get that. We haven't gotten to the point yet, but if we get restricted any more, I think we will postpone the reception. Do you think you might at least get married on the 2nd and then do the celebration another time when you can have everyone there?

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  • K
    Dedicated January 2021
    Kimberly ·
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    Hello the venue is allowing 75 guests. We are all wearing masks except for pictures with the wedding party whom we will travel with and be together anyway. We are all required to take a covid test prior to travel so we know we will be safe. We are putting little gel bottles next to each plate. We will have sanitizing stations around. And the tables and seats will be spaced out.
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  • Lena
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    Lena ·
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    We have thought about that too, but my fiancé wants to do it all at once
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  • Kandice
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    We're getting married on 1/2/21. Was always a small wedding- invite 58 with Hope's it would be between 45-50 counting us. We're in north carolina
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  • Kimberly
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    Kimberly ·
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    My future husband and I have dramatically cut down our guest list (from ~275 to 100). We have a nurse friend that will check temperatures upon arrival and hand sanitizers will be provided as a wedding favor. We've arranged for the spacing in our reception venue to be 6 feet apart and only those who travel together will be allowed to sit together. We're getting married January 2, 2021 one way or another!

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  • Brittany
    Just Said Yes January 2022
    Brittany ·
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    Hi! My wedding is set for 1/30/21 in Los Angeles. I am getting worried since it is in a warehouse and there is a small courtyard. I have invited about 150 guest. LA has placed a 10pm curfew, no out door dining, and a limit on size of groups.


    I have been considering getting married and postponing the reception as well as eloping. We are a bit older and are looking to start a family soon. I am really at a loss and extremely bummed out. I have not sent out my invitation at the moment while I try to figure things out.
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