Hey, #CovidBrides! (Do y’all love or hate that term? I need to know. 😂😬) This is the latest in my series of Covid-19 related blog posts. In case you haven’t read the others, here’s what we’ve covered so far:
In today’s post, we’re talking about something heavy on the hearts of most couples planning their 2020 or 2021 wedding: narrowing down your guests list.
Full disclosure: This post might stir up some uncomfortable feelings and lead to tough conversations about who and what is most important to you. Know that I truly feel your pain. This isn’t easy.
Ok, let’s continue.
This is a hard topic to discuss because a lot of feelings and obligations are wrapped up in creating your guest list: who you’re closest to, making others happy, the size of your family, and who’s paying for your wedding, to name a few.
Right now, the spread of Covid-19 is getting worse, and more restrictions are being placed on the number of people who can gather together. In some places, no more than 10 people can gather, and it must happen outdoors.
For brides & grooms, these restrictions mean choosing between keeping your large guest list + rescheduling your wedding OR cutting your guest list + keeping your original wedding date.
Both options are not ideal. And what makes it worse is that during these times of social isolation, we want to surround ourselves with friends and family NOW MORE THAN EVER. 🤦🏽♀️
If you need to pause here to quietly grieve or scream as loud as you can, go for it.
For brides who have always imagined a large wedding with lots of dancing, the thought of having a small wedding or an elopement can be hard to accept. Big parties and weddings just seem to go together, but why do we feel that way?
Here’s my guess. It’s because weddings represent the start of something big and a turning point in your lives. Spending months planning an event, investing a significant amount of money, and inviting people to share those memories with you makes it feel BIGGER. But truthfully, the biggest thing to come from your wedding day is not a party that lasts one day, but a marriage that lasts 50 or 60 years.
Many of my 2020 couples are choosing to have a small wedding on their original date and a larger party near their one year anniversary. That got me thinking… Do the wedding and the party need to be connected? Is it possible for your wedding to feel like a big turning point without hosting a large event?
Everyone may have different answers to those questions, so I encourage you to sit down together to discuss them. If you’d like to hear directly from my May 2020 brides who had TINY weddings, check out this blog post >
If you decide to have a smaller wedding with fewer guests, what are ways to make your wedding feel really special and significant?
Ways to make your small wedding feel BIG
Ways to connect with friends and family
At most large weddings, the reality is that you only have time to talk to each guest for one minute before you’re whisked off to the next table or next event. Aside from your closest friends and immediate family, you probably won’t spend quality time with each guest. So, what if you could do this in other ways?
After sending out invitations, follow up with guests to get their RSVPs. Do this more quickly than you normally would. If someone in your “top 25” can’t come, there’s one more spot available to offer to someone else!
And remember that some people may be uncomfortable with attending a wedding, especially if they need to travel there. Let them know that you’d love them to be there but their attendance is optional.
If you need to shrink your guest list, people will understand. Coronavirus has been hard on everyone, and people will sympathize with your situation. Here are some ways to break the news:
Also, just to state the obvious here… your aunt or your coworker not coming to your wedding will NOT ruin their lives. If they’re upset about not being invited to your 20 person wedding, they’ll recover, I promise. 😊
Lastly, I’ll end with a funny TikTok video, because sometimes when things are tough, it’s best to make light of it.