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Vaccinations

on September 7, 2021 at 2:23 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 6 90
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How do I tell wedding guests that they must be vaccinated if they are planning to attend our wedding?

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Latest activity by JM Sunshine, on September 21, 2021 at 10:49 PM
  • Katherine
    Just Said Yes September 2021
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    I put this on our wedding website: "For everyone's safety and comfort, we are requiring all vendors and guests to be fully vaccinated." We also followed up with an email outlining our covid protocols.

    I know this can be controversial, and I originally felt slightly uncomfortable telling people this. However, after the recent surge, I feel totally confident in our decision. You have to do what you can to protect your loved ones!

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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    Thank you so much Katherine. There are going to be some immunocompromised people there- including me, so I just really needed help wording it. I really want everyone in general to be able to enjoy themselves and not have to worry. Thank you again.
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  • Katherine
    Just Said Yes September 2021
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    Absolutely! I think it will make guests feel more comfortable -- we've received only positive feedback from our guests. Best of luck!!

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  • Cece
    Super November 2022
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    We were recently invited to a wedding that included a details card with the invitation that said something to the effect of “For the safety of everyone, we are requiring all guests and vendors to be fully vaccinated. If you are unable, or do not wish to be vaccinated, we invite you to join us virtually as we livestream the ceremony.”
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  • Corinne
    Beginner November 2021
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    We decided to require vaccinations after we had already ordered and received our invitations, so we typed up a little slip of paper to include:

    “In order to keep our friends and family safe and healthy, we respectfully request that all attendees are vaccinated before attending our wedding. If necessary, we will communicate any changes to state and local guidelines via email.”

    We also added the same language to our website. Luckily we pretty much know which of our invitees are unvaccinated (about 6 out of 120) so we were mostly just trying to deter those specific folks - or encourage them to get vaxxed, which would be even better!
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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    Thank you and we are in almost that exact situation! My aunt is one of those people who thinks the virus is “made up” - she’s beyond crazy. Everyone else is vaccinated, so out of 121 only 4 aren’t vaccinated. I hope that changes because I would like my family to be there, but honestly if they don’t get vaccinated it’s their problem. I am not catering to her craziness. I don’t mean to sound awful, but it’s not worth it.
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  • C
    Super December 2021
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    Struggling with this myself so no advice but I know the struggle 😩 lots of great ideas in the comments though Smiley smile
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  • Maddie
    Devoted February 2022
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    Just be as honest and polite as possible. Mention that you love everyone and want to keep them all as safe as possible. Don't beat around the bush...don't "suggest" or "encourage" because given the opportunity to do the right thing, people WON'T.

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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    I know, we really aren’t going to be nice about this: wrote this on our faq page: We respect that everyone has their own set of beliefs, but please understand that to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests, both vendors and guests are required to have received their last dose of the vaccine at least 2 weeks before 6/4/2022. It’s also a banner at the top of the page in red. Its going to say a form of that on our save the date and invitations
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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    I’m indirectly targeting my aunts family because EVERYONE else is completely vaccinated. She won’t let her kids get vaccinated either, oh and she has a heart problem, but she told us that COVID does not exist. My family is so angry at her.
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  • Jacks
    Master September 2019
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    Yep, this!

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  • Maddie
    Devoted February 2022
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    Yes! Do what you gotta do

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  • S
    Expert November 2021
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    We included an extra insert in our invitation suite explaining that we're requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated in order to attend our wedding. We also indicated this on our wedding website.

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    Just Said Yes November 2021
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    Any thoughts about requiring a Covid test within 72 hours of the wedding? How are you confirming that people who say their vaccinated really are?

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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    Ww are doing it on a honor system. We were thinking about the COVID test but since the wedding is pretty far off we are hoping we don’t have to do that and COVID cases start to go down. Also, like I said we do know which guests are and are not vaccinated. The part of my family that isn’t vaccinated lives near us and we talk to them a decent amount. It’s also my moms brothers wife, so we don’t have to deal with her THAT much. Also, people who aren’t vaccinated are proud of that and don’t usually keep it a secret.
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  • Ellen
    Devoted October 2021
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    I’m 30 days out and just found out my niece isn’t vaccinated. Everyone else is even my mother in law. Her last shot was two weeks ago and she wants to be protected. She’s not out of the house much, but her doc strongly recommended her getting it so she did. I’m getting close to the date and not sure what’s going to happen....
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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    How old is your niece? Also if she wants to take part in your special day she can get the j&j vaccine like literally tomorrow. If she doesn’t, it’s her loss- we have reached a point in the world where it is normal to be vaccinated. If she doesn’t respect it, it is sad but it’s her problem.
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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    I respect other people’s decisions- I really do! But I cannot respect a decision that puts others in danger.
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  • Ellen
    Devoted October 2021
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    I totally agree. I’m annoyed at this point. She’s young and the vaccine is free!
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  • Dedicated June 2022
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    I’m so sorry. I feel your frustration. My 2 cousins are in my wedding party and their mother won’t let them get the vaccine. I just don’t understand, her whole side of the family actually believe they are the chosen ones and don’t even wear masks. Meanwhile I just got my booster on Sunday.
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