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Expert July 2021

July 2021 Details

Chelsea, on January 14, 2021 at 2:49 PM Posted in Planning 2 12
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Hello 2021 brides! Finally our year. Just curious what's everyone else status on summer weddings.

With the new year hitting my vendors started reaching out to me about some covid rules as a heads up with planning. (I booked everything pre-covid).

I am in Ohio and venue reached out said: household per table, no dancing, no bar-bar comes to you, no food-food comes to you. In the summer was more relax. Dancing allowed and bridal party was okay without having mask.

Planner reached out and told me we need to cut 250 as we cant distance and do household per table with 250.

What are you feelings? Like cut 50 and hope for the best? Just kind of lost.

I need to organize my to do list and start DYI décor. Also need hair and makeup. Kinda need some motivation that this will happen safely?

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Latest activity by Megan, on January 27, 2021 at 1:50 PM
  • Liz
    Devoted June 2021
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    I’m surprised they are making such stringent guidelines for July already when we don’t know where we’ll be vaccine wise. I’m actually hoping all high risk, elderly guests will be vaccinated plus any of our guests that are in education or first responders, which we actually have quite a few of...
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  • Katie
    Super August 2020
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    It sounds like the venue is anticipating similar summer restrictions as last summer. I’m in PA and had slightly stricter rules than the OH brides last summer. If it helps, we were allowed 250 outdoors (including staff), outdoors masks were optional, 25 people indoors allowed and had to wear masks. We invited 162 and 110 rsvp yes and 104 attended. Hope this gives you a rough idea to expect!! I know this is really hard to guesstimate!! Hang in there ❤️❤️❤️
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  • Lauren
    Beginner July 2021
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    Chelsea,

    I am in the same boat as you and it is awful!

    My venue is not allowing a shuttle service or dancing, as well as the reduced seating capacities and food restrictions.

    It has really just sucked the joy out of everything. I have never spent so much money in my life on something where people can't show affection or even a smile.

    The venue told me that since Covid started, 30-40% of invited guests do not attend the wedding. Sucks, but makes me feel like I can cut fewer people from my guestlist.....

    ..bleh

    I WILL BE FIRST IN LINE TO GET VACCINATED WHEN IT IS OPEN TO ME!!!!

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  • Kristie
    Just Said Yes July 2021
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    I'm feeling lost as well, kind of dissapointing that things haven't changed much from last year and we still have to figure all of this out and have all of the unknowns. It's also hard to get into planning mode again and be excited because I don't want to get my hopes up too high yet. I'm thinking of giving it until the end of February to see how things are before making any decisions. By then we will be able to see how the vaccine rollout is going, I work in healthcare and personally see the vaccine process being slower than anticipated but hopefully I will be proven wrong on that. I am also worried about everyone's comfort level at that point too. Trying not to stress too much because a lot of this is outside of our control, just have to make the best of what we have to work with. Although I'm upset we have to go through this and can't just have a normal easy wedding I have found that the added obstacles have actually made our relationship stronger and have brought us closer. Just think, if your relationship can survive planning a wedding during a pandemic, you can make it through anything 😊
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  • Jasmin
    Just Said Yes July 2021
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    I also live in Ohio, work with the public, and my friend's mother just died from Covid. I don't see this slowing down at all and I'm getting very concerned about my late July wedding. Should I even invite older people? I have thought about doing a Live for people that don't want to come or are high risk. So they are still technically invited. And I am also concerned about the social distancing inside the barn and dancing. Is anyone think of postponing?
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  • L
    Just Said Yes July 2021
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    We're in the same boat. I'm an Ohio bride, and got engaged almost a year ago. We also booked everything before Covid hit. My fiancé and I keep booking the big things (photographer, caterer, etc.) hoping that when our mid-July wedding rolls around, that everything will be somewhat-normal. Honestly, we're not sure. That's the most stressful part. We've thrown around the idea of just having a wedding where all of our guests can come to the ceremony, and only about 50 can attend a reception. We're holding out until mid-April to see what everything's looking like (that's when we'll need to send out our invitations). I guess we just keep our fingers crossed! The one thing I am hopeful about is that if we do have a smaller wedding, I hear they're more fun and intimate, and the main thing is that we're getting married (which we're doing no matter what), so I'll be happy either way!

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  • Amanda
    Savvy July 2021
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    July 30th wedding over here! We postponed ours to the summer after considering what the restrictions were last summer. Last summer, gatherings up to 250 were allowed in Virginia. New vaccines should be approved soon which will hopefully get the cases way down by spring! I just got my Covid vaccine and am encouraging my guests to do so as well! Definitely wait a few months before making adjustments.
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  • Andrea
    Savvy July 2021
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    July 11th wedding and I'm in Ohio too! I have a planner and I've put everything in her capable hands. I will admit I'm VERY nervous about everything. Our guest list is only 164 and our venue holds 500 so I'm hoping for the best...but still nervous! My fiancee and I have a meeting with the planner this Monday about the next steps in the planning process. I'm chomping at the bit over here.

    Have you considered cutting the guest count to close friends/family and streaming the wedding to those guests you cut? My DJ offers streaming services, check around and see what's available to you.

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  • Taylor
    Dedicated October 2020
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    I feel for you, Dewine the way he is isn’t going to back peddle on dancing again when he lifted it once he won’t again until we are out of the woods. Especially with the new variants. He already said he won’t lift curfew either. However it does suck. Just keep focused on getting married it can still be a beautiful day. There is always moving it to a back yard tented that is what I did. He can’t control that.
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  • Megan
    Just Said Yes July 2021
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    Hello there! I live in Toledo, Ohio. Cases are still very high and I don't expect much change to the guidelines you mentioned. We made the move a couple weeks ago to downsize significantly. My fiancé and I discussed waiting to see what things looked like in March before making any decision but I couldn't stop thinking about and worrying about it. We moved the ceremony to a smaller building and are having about 15 close family members. I don't have to worry about young children who aren't vaccinated, or others who are high risk. In the end I was a little disappointed by relieved to have a more concrete safe plan in place. My thought process is in the end it's about getting married to my partner and it just happens to be in a pandemic so it looks a little different. So much love to people making decisions out there. I hope all the happiness no matter what your plans turn out to be! Smiley heart

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  • Chelsea
    Expert July 2021
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    I am in Toledo Ohio also!! Haha small world! Yeah numbers still high. How many are you inviting? Where is your hall? Mine is at stranahan theater. I am so sorry your dealing with this. What month is your wedding?

    I am kind of just waiting till April to make the call of how many guest I feel comfortable with.

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  • Megan
    Just Said Yes June 2022
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    We are having it at Wildwood Park in Sylvania early July. We had a small guest count to start, but further cut it down to about 15 people! Even though I’m sure guidelines may change a little until then, the plan we have more won’t be as drastic of a change. The Stranahan is beautiful! Congratulations! Original plan or back up plan I hope you guys have a wonderful day! 💍
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