Natalie
Dedicated July 2020

July ( or Summer) 2020 Brides!

Natalie, on May 1, 2020 at 1:44 PM Posted in Community Conversations 2 40
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Now that we are into May, I'm curious where everyone is in their planning/ or postponing. We live in Tennessee, and our date is July 11, 2020. In our state, businesses (restaurants, retail) opened back up on Wednesday. Salons and other close-contact businesses will open on May 6th. So, essentially most things will be open next week.. all this with social distancing and limit capacity. I'm just not sure how "open" we will be in July. Our venue is set to open June (per communication with them 2 weeks ago). Just about all of our guests live here in Tennessee, just a few out in the neighboring states. Any other brides states re-opening? What do you think the gathering number will be by July? 100? This is so hard to gauge, and I worry about postponing until fall, as they say the 2nd wave may come then. What are your thoughts? What are you doing?

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  • Autumn
    Devoted July 2020
    Autumn ·
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    We are ready to downsize our wedding to just our parents and siblings. Having a large guest list was never our priority and there's no way we want to push our date and we are not comfortable putting ourselves or other people at risk by having a large gathering in the near future

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  • Autumn
    Devoted July 2020
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    We are date twins! 7/11 all the waySmiley heart Smiley heart Smiley heart

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  • Natalie
    Dedicated July 2020
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    Yay! We don't want to move our date either. I agree, I'm totally fine downsizing some, but still kind of want the reception? That is what I was looking forward to.. celebrating with our family and new Husband all together. Hoping there is a way to do that, and still be able to space out and distance people. Smiley smile

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  • Jeni
    Devoted July 2021
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    Another 7/11 bride here! In the state I'm getting married in, it's set to reopen May 15. But my state isn't until May 30. My parents' state is open. So everyone will be at a different place come July.


    We will make the official decision on June 6th unless circumstances make us have to decide earlier. We've already reached out to all of our vendors, and they're all willing to work with us. Now that we've set that decision date, we're not going to stress ourselves out this about it until then.
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  • Gina
    WeddingWire Administrator April 2021
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    Hi Natalie,

    I'm so sorry you are going through this! There are many resources on our website that may be helpful as you navigate the planning process. This is a great place to start: Our COVID-19 Weddings Advice Guide. You'll find articles like this one: What to Do About Your Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    And here's another discussion specifically about July 2020 Weddings! OsQM71bUJ0Qu4ly8UKJOrw-4MNRCjpvLo-YljRdjFirst things first, I recommend that you call or email your venue and see how they're handling July events. While your state might allow for larger gatherings, that doesn't mean your venue will. Things are changing daily, so keeping the lines of communication open is important. That way, you can make decisions in a timely fashion.Good luck! akxoU0fWxdmfE9sHUjjkYB-ICl1lHJDh_sCPQOky
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  • Marine
    Just Said Yes July 2020
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    July 12 bride here! It’s so stressful. We don’t wanna postpone either but so far we have no idea if California will be fully open in July or not. I really do not wanna wait another year! 🥺 tenor.gif

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    July 25th in WI here. Haven't postponed yet although this is partially because our venue wouldn't entertain this discussion a few weeks ago. I keep getting my hopes up (another bride posted about the Indiana projections which looked to be a green light for July gatherings) but I really just want more clear information on how to proceed!

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  • Reena
    Expert February 2021
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    Where in Tennessee are you located?


    I’m in Memphis and our date is July 25th. We are making the decision at the end of this month. We figure with the openings if this starts to spread again by early June then we have our answer and need to postpone. We also cut our list down to 50.
    In Memphis Phase 2 allows for 50 people with social distancing. Phase 3 is 50+ with social distancing. I’m assuming that in both of these phases a reception is a no go, but my fiancé is being optimistic. How can you social distance in a wedding reception? Hopefully we will have more answers at the end of the month.
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  • Natalie
    Dedicated July 2020
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    We are in Mount Juliet, TN (Wilson County). Yea, Nashville has their own re-opening strategy, but Governor Lee has pretty much opened everything outside of the 8 or so counties that are doing their own re-opening phases. I think with a limited Guest count, each family that are already living together, can sit at separate tables. Food be brought to the tables instead of buffet style, and still be able to gather on dance floor (large floor) at 6ft between families. I honestly have no idea.. lol. I want to keep everything safe, even if we have to do away with the reception. But Gov announced today, that churches in our county can resume but encourages not at full capacity. It's all so up in the air. Is Memphis one of the counties doing their own re-opening?

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    Dedicated July 2020
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    Date twin in Missouri. We are starting to reopen the state on Monday. We're still playing things by ear. We're not postponing and worse case scenario we'll just have immediate family.
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  • Ariel
    Beginner July 2020
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    Our wedding is also July 11th, and we will be getting married in Arkansas. We made the decision this week to downsize our wedding from around 200 to 50 people. We had to order invitations, and we wanted to make the decision before doing so. Our 50 people include our wedding party, pastor, photographer, and immediate family only. We will be doing the ceremony at our church like we had originally planned, but we will be using my fiancé's mother's house to have our reception outdoors instead of indoors, which falls more in line with the social distancing aspect. We are planning for what will be considered "phase 2" here, which is where I expect we will be at this time based on people I have talked to and heard. Some family members have seemed disappointed in our decision, but at the end of the day, we would much rather everyone be safe than to have our large wedding. We have been together almost 8 years, and we are very ready to be married. Several people have suggested that we have a big reception next year, but my fiancé will be starting pharmacy school in the fall, which makes us think we will be too busy to do this again next year. We are content with our decision. I know that as soon as we made the official decision to move to the backup plan, I felt so much better and way less stressed.

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  • Maritza
    Savvy October 2020
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    My wedding date was June 7th. We postponed like 3 weeks ago bc I was afraid that we were still going to be under some sort of restrictions here in our state (Florida-Orlando). Phase 1 is starting here on Monday but salons and barbershops are still closed and restaurants can operate at only 25% capacity.
    While I cried at first when changing our date, I am happy we did. We have a lot of family coming in from out of town. Our new date is Oct 18th . My new fear is the second wave like you stated. We will just have to see.
    Good luck !
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  • Sardis
    Dedicated July 2020
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    Our original date was July 11,2020 but with everything going on and our state just announced that gatherings no more than 10 we decided to just do a small dinner/ceremony in my backyard with his parents and mines. We had a lot of out of state and overseas guests and that was heartbreaking at first since I was so excited to see everyone and celebrate. At this point I just want to be married to the love of my life and start our new chapter. With that being said, we will have the ceremony June 27 since our move in date to our apartment will be June 29th. Taking the positive from all of this is that this pandemic has only brought FH and I closer together. Fellow brides we are in this together and will pull through.

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  • Tara
    Devoted August 2020
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    Our is 8/22 in Ohio. We just started opening up but no date on close contact businesses yet. Our gatherings are still limited to 10. We are preceding as normal, but I am fully prepared to cut the guest list and do what we have to do. We are getting married regardless.
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    Devoted July 2021
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    We postpone our July wedding because of our guest count which is important to us. I don’t know about other states but ours will not be open to more than 50 probably all summer so that’s what drove our decision a few weeks ago.
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    July 25, 2020 bride here. We decided on Monday to postpone our wedding. We have many factors to consider with many elderly guests, our large guest count and the fact I was impacted with job due to COVID-19. FH and I will go to the JOP on July 25th and just do the big wedding next year. This was the best decision for us.
    Good luck to everyone else.
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  • Erin
    Savvy July 2020
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    We are July 11th as well. I have been on such a stress roller coaster these past few months, not at the idea of changing our plans but because of the inability to really plan because of all the unknowns. We are in Georgia though and things are starting to open with very strict restrictions. Our shelter in place order was lifted yesterday, except for elderly and medically fragile who are to still shelter in place until June 12th. From everything I’ve read on the guidelines for opening up, it appears that we are aiming to be in phase 3 by then which would allow for event spaces to operate under limited restrictions. So I’m holding on to that hope. I’ve been I touch with our venue, but as of right now we are still planning on the 11th. If we have to move it, we will still have our officiant (a close friend) preform a small civil ceremony on July 11th and just plan the reception at a later date. I feel for all of us who are being affected by this. It really sucks, I feel so cheated out if some of the things I’ve dreamt about my entire life. I most likely won’t get a bridal shower or bachelorette party. And I know it’s ridiculous to be upset about and feel like it’s not fair, but it’s really hard not to some days. Hang in there. We’ll get through it and the important thing is that we will be married!
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  • Lisa
    Just Said Yes October 2020
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    We actually moved our wedding date up because it was supposed to be in the fall. We are actually doing a LOT of downsizing and sending out invites to watch the wedding Live streaming. We are only going to have immediate family actually attending. Neither of us really wanted a big wedding anyway so we are happy with it.


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  • Sasha
    Dedicated September 2021
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    I live in Manhattan and family if full of ICU and ER doctors/nurses. Formely a July 3rd, 2020 bride, now postponed to September 3rd, 2021 back in early April. Didn’t want to put our family and friends at risk and deal with the new restrictions that would fundamental change our vision of our wedding. Also, guests may be economically impacted and unable to travel domestically and internationally. We’ve witnessed too much death to feel comfortable moving forward so soon. Ultimately it’s up to you, but for all these reasons listed above, my conscious wouldn’t allow me to be selfish. I don’t want that type of guilt to eat me alive knowing I help transmit the virus to my guests by hosting my wedding. We prefer to postpone and wait until we are certain that it’s truly safe. This is coming from a lawyer who doesn’t take no for an answer and is always ready for a reason to charge forward and pursue an outcome I want. Unlike other circumstances where I would relentlessly persist through all odds, in this is a situation I think it’s wise to
    concede.
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  • L
    Beginner July 2020
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    We are holding out for our July 18th date too. We're in SC and things are starting to open up. We have 150 expecting to come but we are prepared to cut down the guest list if need be to 50 people. I did, however still send out my invites with a note that said we'll notify everyone if anything changes. We're also thinking about doing a drive by shower! Just because things are closed doesn't mean you have to cancel all your showers and things planned! We are making the most of it and I'm not gonna let a virus get in the way of having all the bridal experiences, even if it is a little differentSmiley smile
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