What You Need to Do About Wedding Restrictions

Planning a wedding is a stressful thing. Planning a wedding during a pandemic is a whole other level of stress due to the uncertainty surrounding it.

For every bride-to-be out there, we understand that complying with government regulations is no easy feat. Some days it gets worse, other days we see a lot of people recovering and getting vaccinated. The problem is that no one knows when the end of the pandemic will be, and getting ready for whatever is to come should be at the top of everyone’s list. If you’re a bride-to-be and wondering how to plan your wedding this time, this article will help you make an informed decision when sudden restrictions are imposed.


Downsizing your guest list

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Having a wedding with a limited number of guests is a good option for the moment, starting with the people that matter the most to you and taking things from there. By having a small and intimate wedding, you are guaranteed quality time with your dearest ones and which will make your day even more special.

These are three types of wedding format you can choose:

  1. Micro weddings
    Micro wedding is just the same as your usual ceremony and reception, only that you have less than 50 guests participating.
  2. Minimonies
    Minimonies are small wedding ceremonies with only 10-15 guests attending. It might be small but it doesn’t mean that your wedding isn’t special. If you’re keen to share the happiness with more people, you can consider having a sequel wedding reception once the situation gets better.
  3. Elopements
    You always have the option of not inviting anyone to keep everyone safe, especially if the city you live in still has a high number of cases. Once you make it official, you can send out elopement announcement cards to your friends and family with your best photo of the day.

Un-invite people

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In some cases where you have sent out invitations and set an RSVP date, you may face the harsh reality that you will have to cancel some invitations. Once you’ve decided on your final list, it’s time to let people know. You need to make it personal and make sure you contact them one by one to show that you really regret having to do this. You can text or call them to let them know, but if you feel like you owe something more than a quick chat or call, sending a thank you card with personalised note might help.


Livestream your wedding

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Nothing compares to physical presence when it comes to the wedding day. However, the restrictions might leave you with no choice other than downsizing your guest to what the government allows. But it does not mean that you are stopping people from witnessing your ceremony. There are a lot of tools out there to livestream your wedding such as Zoom or Google Hangouts, or Youtube Live if you prefer one-way. If you have a wedding website made at Joy, it should be easy for you to add the livestream link to your website as they support most streaming platforms.

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