Kath
Just Said Yes July 2022

Hawaii Wedding - To Postpone or not to postpone

Kath, on January 12, 2021 at 2:41 PM Posted in Planning 0 12
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We have our wedding right now planned for middle of May 2021 and I'm having a tough time making the hard decision of postponing the wedding. The only next available date is November 2021 or move to 2022. We got engaged in 2019 so moving to 2022 will be 3 years of wedding planning! Does this seem like a long time to anyone else? It's so tough with things changing daily with COVID and restrictions in Hawaii I would love to keep our date for May, but it might be too risky and harder to change the date closer to the wedding. Should I just push now to November or say 2021 is a wash and it's not that bad of an idea to have the wedding in 2022? Looking for any advice from other brides trying to plan during COVID!

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Latest activity by Courtney, on January 13, 2021 at 10:43 PM
  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
    Mrs. Spring ·
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    How many guests did you plan on inviting?
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  • Belle
    VIP August 2022
    Belle ·
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    My original date was July 2020, now is August 2022, because it would be our 25th elopement anniversary. If not, I would do 2021. The wait is killing my excitement and makes me feel like forever and who knows what happened before that. In your case, I would wait and see. Which one is your venue? My venue in Oahu is giving me 30 days cancellation and the deposit isn’t much ($150 I think). However, we are doing it intimately, so everything is booked through that one venue.
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  • Kath
    Just Said Yes July 2022
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    The save the dates we sent out were to 130 people, my fiancés family lives on Oahu

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    What are the Hawaii mandates now regarding weddings? In my residential state, no dancing is permitted and there can be no more than 10 guests for indoor weddings, and no more than 25 for outdoor weddings.
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  • Katelyn
    Savvy May 2017
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    In addition to looking at the gathering restrictions at the state and county level, HI has very strict quarantine requirements for any out-of-state visitors and in general has taken a very cautious approach to reopening based on my knowledge. Unless a person tests negative within 72 hours, they must quarantine for 10 days, and the person is required to upload the test and present it in hard copy upon arrival. Do all the guests live in HI?

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  • CountryBride
    VIP April 2022
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    I think you should postpone you can say next year we are getting married

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  • Kath
    Just Said Yes July 2022
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    Yes I've been tracking this portion of the Hawaii regulations very closely. Honolulu is getting a new Mayor so I am more concerned right now as gatherings of only 5-10 people are allowed even with negative covid tests.

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  • Kath
    Just Said Yes July 2022
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    It's pretty strict, see the comments below yours. You have to get a negative covid test 72 hours before and there can currently be no gatherings larger than 10 people

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    Oh my! I recommend you postpone another year or cancel and just elope with parents and/or siblings.
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  • Katelyn
    Savvy May 2017
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    It sounds like you either need to downsize or postpone. In my county in MD, gatherings over 50 haven't been permitted since March. I strongly doubt the limit will increase to over 100 by May in places which have been slow and cautious about reopening, such as HI. The limit may increase to 50 by May. If possible, I would downsize to 25-50.

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  • Katie
    Rockstar August 2020
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    Hi Kath! As regulations change on a dime, it maybe too early to call. A family member is waiting till February to make a decision to postpone or not for their May wedding. Would the resort be able to do a soft hold for the November date? 130 guests may be tough, if you have a B list of 20, this could be possible by May. If you and your fiancé can live with 20 and Hawaii opens up just a little more by May- it is doable. I’m so sorry you are going through this. I thought PA restrictions were hard and my heart goes out to HI and CA brides ❤️
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  • Courtney
    Dedicated July 2021
    Courtney ·
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    With Kauai’s ever changing travel rules we relocated our March wedding. It was sad but Montana in Glacier will be much easier to travel to. We’ll have to go to Hawaii for an anniversary. We could have lost thousands in we tested positive prior to travel and spent our whole wedding in quarantine.
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