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covid wedding (lower turnout that normal?)

Rachel, on September 20, 2020 at 5:21 PM Posted in Planning 1 34
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Anyone else still continue with having their wedding during this time? If so, was the turnout lower than normal?


Our venue won’t let us change the date so we are continuing with December 20th and our minimum headcount is 90 but looks like we will be lucky if we get 60... People seem to be slow at the rsvp process.

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Latest activity by Tanzie, on September 21, 2020 at 3:58 PM
  • Jessica
    Master September 2020
    Jessica ·
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    We had several people not rsvp until the last minute, but almost everyone we invited attended and the two who didn’t it was due to unforeseen circumstances. With your wedding not until December, you still have a lot of time and some people probably don’t want to make a decision this early. Typically invites go out 6-8 weeks before the event with rsvps due around two weeks prior, I wouldn’t try to get a head count this early as tempting as it is. People may tell you yes if pushed then not show up, or tell you no when they may have been willing to come if you’d given them more time.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    We are having our minimony in October (always was even before covid) and our big celebration in March
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    Frequently, for a Dec 20th wedding, the final RSVP date would typically be in late November (usually about 7-10 days before final catering numbers are due). Depending on where you are located, in many areas things are so up-in-the-air with regard to what the Covid regulations are going to be that people may be very uncomfortable making a commitment in September for a December wedding. (Barring a complete crisis, we KNOW we are going to visit a family member for Christmas, but we haven't made reservations or purchased tickets yet, because things could shut down again....) Good luck!

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  • A
    Super September 2020
    Alli ·
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    I assume the venue is indoor? I’m surprised they are not letting you change it, oh my gosh! We personally will not attend any wedding that is indoor. My aunt and uncle attended a week two weeks ago and are now covid positive... not saying it came from the indoor wedding. Best wishes 💗
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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
    Mrs. Spring ·
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    Many people don't RSVP until the very last minute. So you'll probably have more than 60.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I was JUST at a wedding yesterday and she had such a high turnout but she also had quite a bit no shows but even then it was fine ugh I swear it was a covid wedding though. When you have your wedding PLEASE PLEASE legitimately take all the safety precautions you possibly could
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  • Katie
    Rockstar August 2020
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    Hi Rachel! If it helps we got married last month and invited 160. We had 110 RSVP yes and 105 attended. We sent invitations 6 weeks prior and had a mix of some who rsvp’ed quickly and others took awhile longer. Those who took a bit, I either called or spread the word we would be following all regulations. Once guests who were hesitant understood all the precautions we were taking, attendance went up. Hope this helps!!! ❤️
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  • Rachel
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    Rachel ·
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    We are making planes for each person so was hoping to know a head count so we have enough time to make the planes for the place settings 😅
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  • Rachel
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    Rachel ·
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    Yeah everything is up in the air which is kind of unsettling
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  • Rachel
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    Rachel ·
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    Omg that is crazy... was masks a thing at the wedding and they still got it?
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  • Rachel
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    Rachel ·
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    Yeah I’ve noticed people are slow at getting rsvps back and seems to be the same with the registry stuff, just tempting to buy the stuff on our own haha
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  • Rachel
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    Rachel ·
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    I guess it is a numbers thing, we invited 117 and planned for 90
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  • Jessica
    Master September 2020
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    I understand, I wouldn’t bug people for answers until the end of November though. We’re headed into flu season and it’s hard to say what’s going to happen over the next three months. Your options would be to make one for everyone knowing you won’t need some of them, or try to get it all done in December.
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  • Brittany
    Dedicated January 2021
    Brittany ·
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    If you can't change the date, are they really still holding you to a 90 person minimum? Would your state allow that many people at a gathering? My fiance and I decided to go from 120 guests to 50 because if Florida is still in phase 2 by our wedding in January that will be the legal maximum and don't want to uninvite anyone last minute
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  • Tonilynn
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    Tonilynn ·
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    I had mine and it was PERFECT a fairytale. We were allowed 107 but only had 45! I couldn’t have dreamed of a better wedding!! Perfect I wish I could go back the day flew by I feel like I didn’t take it in enough!!! Everyone had a blast and it was the best day of our lives! Covid or no covid wouldn’t change my wedding not one bit
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  • Rachel
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    Rachel ·
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    I am glad your wedding was perfect! I will try to focus more on the day of instead of the Covid issues going on currently.



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  • Rachel
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    Rachel ·
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    Apparently are state is back to allowing 50% capacity at venues and their 50% is 110. Either way they are charging us for 90 people even if we have less so I am wondering if we should sue later or what to do since it is roughly $145 per person
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  • Rachel
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    We will just make the planes ahead of time and guess who will eat what 😂
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  • JM Sunshine
    August 2020
    JM Sunshine ·
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    People usually RSVP right up to deadline and you still have two months before expected RSVP date, so if you have 60 at this point, that's pretty good. Our daughter just got married in August and had 90 RSVP, 85 showed up.
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  • Private User
    Dedicated September 2020
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    Ugh. My wedding is this Saturday. We had 150 people on the guest list. 92 confirmed attending, 28 declines, and the rest, we haven't heard. So I told our caterer and venue manager were expecting about 100. However, we've had several people who did RSVP which are telling us they aren't coming. Then we've had a few family members who are sick with Covid and can't come. So honestly, well have less than 90 I think. If it wasn't for Covid we'd probably have 120-130 people. I've been with my fiance for 8-1/2 years now, we're not waiting another day lol. Postponing wasn't an option for us. Even if it was just going to be him, I, and the officiant, we're getting married.
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