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Annajoy
Expert August 2020

Covid brides, did you...

Annajoy, on July 15, 2020 at 8:45 PM Posted in Planning 3 9
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1) have dancing at your wedding?
2) have stationary horderves and/or a buffet?
3) require guests to wear face masks?4) move tables 6 feet apart?5) require people who are in the wedding to self-quarantine for 14 days leading up to the wedding / get a covid test done?
We’re getting married outdoors at the end of August with around 100 guests. I’ve made it clear that it’s “come at your own risk”, but I’m wondering what I should do to allow everyone to be as safe as possible. I really want to require the bridal party to self-isolate leading up the wedding (2 bridesmaids are still playing on volleyball teams and 1 is still going to the gym every day) but I don’t know if they will come across as controlling. I just want everyone to be safe!

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  • Leanne
    Expert September 2020
    Leanne ·
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    We postponed to September 5th of this year in Virginia. It’s nerve wracking trying to figure what to do and what could change. BUT here’s what we’ve done:
    1. Change from buffet to plated meal. I didn’t include an entree selection (invite already printed again by the time we made this decision) so everyone is getting a chicken entree with four vegan plates.
    2. We’re spreading tables out and using both floors of our venue to do so. May use more tables so we can seat households/coworkers together. 3. Changed appetizer station during cocktail hour to butler passed apps. 4. Hand sanitizer favors.
    This whole thing sucks. Good luck!
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  • Missa
    Dedicated October 2020
    Missa ·
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    We had to cut down our guest list and are switching from an actual venue to an airbnb so we’re not as restricted with regulations. If someone’s not comfortable coming, then they don’t come, but no one in my family really cares that much. We’ll be having dancing and no one will have to wear masks. We’re just not scared, do what’s comfortable for you and what feels right! To me, it just doesn’t feel like a wedding with no dancing and mask wearing! We will be having ribbons you can tie around your wrist, green red and yellow. Green is your fine with hugging, yellow is comfortable but no hugging, and red is please keep your distance so you can always do that! Everyone coming to our wedding though we see very often and it won’t be any out of towners. Like I said, do what you’re comfortable with! Thousands of people were protesting in the streets here, half without masks on, and the government said not one word about that, so I think my 50 person wedding will be okay!
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  • Angelica
    October 2020
    Angelica ·
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    We’re invited just under 100 people in August. Technically, in CA we aren’t allowed to have wedding receptions of any kind, but we’re doing it in the backyard of a private residence.


    -still doing buffet apps, meal, & serve yourself bar. Though I am hoping perhaps my caterer will have their people man the dinner buffet.
    -we cant quiet for everyone with 6 feet apart of tables, but they are spaced out as much as possible.
    -still doing 10 people per table (everyone at the table is related anyways)
    -still doing dancing
    -not requiring masks
    -plenty of soap & hand sanitizer at each station
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  • V
    Master July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    I think it will most definitely come off as controlling if you tell them to self-quarantine. Would you be expecting them to skip work or other essential activities just so they can be in your wedding? I would definitely back out of a wedding if the bride told me I had to be in quarantine for 14 days leading up to her wedding.
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  • Marcia
    Devoted March 2021
    Marcia ·
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    I don't think asking them to quarantine or get a test is reasonable, but I absolutely think it is acceptable to ask everyone to self-monitor temperature or other symptoms. I also would have no problem as a guest having my forehead temp taken before entering an event.
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  • Marcia
    Devoted March 2021
    Marcia ·
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    Also, as a bride, I will be getting a test beforehand if I can to reassure my at-risk VIPs
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  • Super August 2020
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    We postponed our big reception and we're only having 15 people this year so I don't know if this helps, but:
    1. We aren't dancing (but as I mentioned we postponed, if we hadn't, I would at least want to do a first dance).
    2. All food will be individually packaged.3. I made masks for everyone. We will ask people to wear them anytime they're not sitting at their tables.4. The tables will be as far apart as possible. Each table will only include people from the same household.5. I think it is overly controlling to tell your bridal party to quarantine for 2 weeks, and I don't think it makes that much of a difference, since it would only be a small portion of your guests anyway.
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  • Britteny
    Dedicated July 2020
    Britteny ·
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    So I’m having a small ceremony court house but I have a photographer with a great outdoor scenic as well a small dinner lined with toast and wedding cake cutting and the dance we will save it and film it at home in our living room ❤️ Hopefully everyone will wear a mask when appropriate and I agree with the post above especially with social distancing and keeping the same household members together will help
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  • Trisha
    Super October 2020
    Trisha ·
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    I Just Ordered Masks For Everyone To Have, Since They Will Be Required. Aside From That At Our Venue Social Distancing Is Recommended But Not Required. We Are Having A buffet. We Have 60 Guests And So Far Haven't Needed To Change Anything Drastic.

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