Jamie
Savvy October 2021

October Brides 2021

Jamie, on February 15, 2021 at 11:10 AM

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How are my October 2021 brides feeling? I'm getting married in the suburbs of Philly (Horsham PA) my venue has been great. We have the option to have some guests seated inside and some guests seated on the veranda which is right on the other side of a glass wall from the ball room. This is not my...
How are my October 2021 brides feeling? I'm getting married in the suburbs of Philly (Horsham PA) my venue has been great. We have the option to have some guests seated inside and some guests seated on the veranda which is right on the other side of a glass wall from the ball room. This is not my ideal option and we will only go this route if restrictions are still crazy when it gets closer to our wedding. We really want the reception to be indoors like we originally planned. We have about 165 on our guest list and we are prepared to cut that down but I would be thrilled if we could just have 125. Please let me know you you Fall 2021 brides are making out.

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  • M
    Beginner October 2021
    Meghan ·
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    What is your venue? I was originally inner city but our venue was completely indoors and hadn't had a wedding since before COVID so we cancelled with them and moved to Cairnwood Estate. I think having an outdoor option would be a safer bet for October!

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  • D
    Dedicated October 2021
    Dizzy ·
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    Outside should be fine in Philly. I have a tip on a new venue (VERY DIY and not fancy though I think will be beautiful) but it's still being built, won't be able to book it until June at earliest. TBH though I don't think it would work for most people, but for us it sounds awesome.

    Our original venue got too complicated and pricey, but no restrictions otherwise to have it there. It was 100% outside though.

    We opted against our original plan since there are friends/colleagues involved, think it's better not to mess with it. We've been looking everywhere within 2 hours in PA, nothing that fits our needs/small budget. So now we are considering a venue in NJ which is definitely reasonable, but well above our original budget up front (there is option to make some money back if we have people stay). We need to actually get married in PA though to self-unite, and my fiance is insisting (very fairly) that his family needs to be there. Which means mine need to be there, but really I'd like my friends to be there, at that point it's a whole thing. I felt very against trucking everyone over to NJ after but I'm starting to mellow on this.

    Basically we have these two choices- do we wait and hope for the new venue which *should* have total availability (well, only for Saturdays)? That we don't know the price of (cheaper than other venue they own) and unsure of exact facilities? AND also hope everyone is still free- I and most of my friends have our high work season in the fall as musicians (weddings, festivals, polka)- still slow this year but already half the weekends are booked. ALSO we ideally have people coming from the South, west coast and abroad- hope they have enough time to book. OR do we pay more and have a guaranteed cool spot, but have to deal with people getting around?

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  • Shelley
    Just Said Yes October 2021
    Shelley ·
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    Hi ladies, I’m getting married in October 2021 and getting nervous as the Covid numbers are starting to tick back up. Just wondering how you all are feeling? Have you heard anything from your venue? I haven’t heard anything just yet about restrictions but I’m getting worried.
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  • Shayna
    Just Said Yes October 2021
    Shayna ·
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    Also getting worried but our venue has aN open air option as a back up, I picture that as worse case scenario. I don’t really think things will shut down as they did last year, but that’s just my gut feeling. Hang in there… but it’s definitely still nerve wracking. My wedding is October 16 in Harrisburg area
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  • D
    Dedicated October 2021
    Dizzy ·
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  • D
    Dedicated October 2021
    Dizzy ·
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    Who's getting nervous again? (hands raised)

    So I have a little different look on this as I'm a musician. We are having even outdoor gigs cancelled/postponed again (one of them was a concert series through the city). Indoor gigs have been a mix of cancelled or we are bailing/turning down. Within my band (which is playing at the wedding) people have different comfort levels, but we have cancelled a couple indoor gigs at more sketch places. We have only played indoors twice since the pandemic- one was a sketch bar mitz in April we weren't fully informed on the situation and then a huge gig in July we were all skeeved at, felt kinda misled. Lotta people questioning upcoming gigs at places even where it will be mandatory to show vax proof, some members have said they are not comfortable to play indoors again.

    We have a great setup at our venue: inside there are at least 20 windows in the indoor area we can open, we will be at under 50% capacity, and there are outdoor covered pavillions/picnic tables. But we are having people start to back out from coming from just a few weeks ago uninvited people ASKING to be invited.

    I'm just in a period of stress/grief I guess like so many. We pushed the day to now since we hoped we'd be able to avoid all this but it sucks that this is still happening. Feeling anger and grief- yes things could be SO MUCH worse, but you know? I've been seeing this happen in some of my patients who recently got married/about to get married, but I guess it's not making it that much easier for us. And now after the stress of figuring out how to do this DIY/super low budget ($5k here outside Philly) now have to figure out how to make it COVID...safer?

    IDK- how are all y'all dealing with this/changing your setup.

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  • Jamie
    Savvy October 2021
    Jamie ·
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    First off relax, I am not changing one thing about my wedding. Still indoors, still not mandatory mask (unless the state or venue enforce otherwise) I am not making people show vaccine cards or negative covid tests. If guests don't feel comfortable coming, then they don't have to attend the wedding. Covid has been here for a year and a half! Does anyone get that? A year and a half already and the vaccines were supposed to be the answer but now look at the government back tracking on the solution 2 months after declaring us good. I'm over it. My wedding day will go on as planned. No social distancing, no masks...I do not feel guilty. I will not live in fear. Everyone can make their own choices but in my eyes if Jay Z can host his 2 day Made in America event with 10,000 teeny boppers who won't be 100% following cocid rules then I can have my 150 person wedding. There is said it! I'm so over it. The show must go on people.
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  • D
    Dedicated October 2021
    Dizzy ·
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    I guess it comes down to what your event is about and the people involved. Really, really was hoping to be able to unite everyone after a tough year and a half. Also some long-standing family feuds that we hoped will FINALLY make some progress. Instead it's starting to separate people, certain people won't come bc others won't get vaxxed. Or don't feel safe since immune compromised. Others won't do any sort of indoor thing at all and are on the fence with our "All The Windows Open" scenario. Others can't come bc international, they don't want to come back to the US, or are having visa problems to leave/return where they are. Not sure with your crew but we are having a significant amount of people question coming/start to cancel. Do we want to still do a big thing if half the people aren't coming? We don't know what to think. It sucks.

    Anyway re: that event, yeahhhh let's see what the next 2 days of weather has to say about it. Half the stuff might get blown/washed away lol.

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