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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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  • Sharonda
    Rockstar January 2021
    Sharonda ·
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    Hello Lagier -

    The USVI such a nice place for a wedding; it's going to be beautiful, and I love your hashtag. Mine is #HappilyWeddedWolfe

    As for your questions, I would recommend social distancing the chairs (or at least spacing them out a bit). I actually just changed the onsite location of my ceremony for that very reason. I had initially secured a small terrace at our resort for the ceremony, but upgraded to the resort's large deck so my guests (only about 25) can spread out and vendors will have plenty of room to move around.

    Yes, I'm streaming. I downgraded my original wedding guest list from 250 to 25, so I expect close to 200 people to "participate" via livestream. I actually hired a professional to handle that aspect of the ceremony, and I'm so glad I did. In an effort to include everyone on the live stream (and so my FH and I can see everyone on the stream), immediately following the recessional, my fiance and I will do a virtual toast with my guests. That's one way to include the virtual guests in the festivities. I've already warned them about attire - party on the top, PJs on the bottom. LOL!

    I can only imagine how menu planning has been for you - especially in a location with such good seafood. I'm getting married in the panhandle of Florida, and my fiance and I love seafood. However, his father doesn't eat seafood at all so we've had to mindful of our food choices to make sure he has something to eat (otherwise, we'd only be eating fish, shrimp, crab and lobster at cocktail hour and the reception. LOL!)

    Many blessings to you! I'm sure your wedding will be gorgeous!

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  • Bisma
    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Bisma ·
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    My fiancé and I are going ahead with the wedding! I’ve already done all my shopping and all. It’s hard not being able to invite the people I wanted to celebrate me, but we decided not to wait. He lives in Florida and I live in New Jersey so we just want to be together. It’s beena long year. (We got engaged Jan 4 2020). I decided to book a larger venue so their 25% capacity is a larger number. We will be enforcing masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. If venues close, our plan is to just do it at home lol. Honestly as cheesy as it sounds, we don’t want to be apart any longer. We’ve done long distance since we met so it’s about time lol. Wish you all the best with your wedding! Sending lots of good wishes Your way ❤️
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  • Elise
    Beginner January 2022
    Elise ·
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    My wedding was 1/8/21 we have pushed it out to 1/8/22. Just not worth the stress!


    I WANT TO FEEL LIKE A BRIDE!!! That has not happened yet. I want to celebrate with all my loved ones!
    We are gonna plan a small ceremony late spring early summer.
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  • B
    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Blondell ·
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    My wedding ceremony will be on 1/1/2021 @ the beac with 30 people. There will be no cocktail hour or reception due to covid19. In my state the numbers are steadily increasing so we are going to just do the ceremony then have a private dinner with our parents.
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  • J
    Savvy April 2021
    Jaquelyn ·
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    That’s a great idea. I’m hoping our venue will allow to have guests in different areas of the venue. It’s a large space for only 50 people. We shall see.
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  • Christina
    Savvy December 2020
    Christina ·
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    12/12 for me.
    I’m nervous because of the situation, but I have cut down my wedding a lot. No guests. Small wedding party. And people leaving the wedding party even now. I’m not mad, more like relieved.

    My wedding is outside. Masks are required and social distancing is in practice. No one that doesn’t live in the same household can sit next to each other. There are hand sanitizers in the front of the outdoor church, but I am bringing my own too.
    Best wishes to you and yours!
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  • Arianne
    Savvy January 2021
    Arianne ·
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    Hope everything goes well!! Congratulations in advance
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    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Asiana ·
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    I am having a ceremony with the original date I planned but doing it all over again like we’re renewing our vows a couple years from now when it’s safe. we doubt next year will be “safe” again
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  • J
    Savvy April 2021
    Jaquelyn ·
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    What are you going to do if they extend the restrictions through January?? Hopefully they end on New Year’s Day.
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  • Y
    Dedicated January 2021
    Yvonne ·
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    Hello! My date was also 1/16/2021. We ended up "eloping" and moving in together 12/12/2020. We both anticipate that the state/county will extend our lockdown, which is supposed to end 12/20/2020 or so. Once they extend the lockdown we'll let our guests know that we're postponing, but no dates set up yet. If they don't extend the lockdown, we'll have to assess with our church to see what they're comfortable with in terms of the reception since outdoor dining is currently banned and we were going to have the reception outdoors at the church.

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  • Terri
    Beginner April 2021
    Terri ·
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    Did you have your wedding
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  • Futuremrs.v
    Savvy January 2021
    Futuremrs.v ·
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    I’m getting married on 1/23/21 and we can have a max of 30 people as of now. We are just gonna go for it, if it comes down to no one can be there, we will still get married and then later on have a reception/party to celebrate. In the end the wedding is about you and your SO and the love you share, not about the party you could have.
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  • A
    Super December 2020
    Anais ·
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    Yes I did!
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