4 Ways To Cut Your Guest List- The Pandemic Edition
With social distancing guidelines, discouraged travel, group gathering restrictions, and positive cases on the rise, couples have to adjust to the new reality. Whether it is to postpone and keep your original guest count, opting to have a smaller more intimate wedding/micro wedding, or to elope. Whatever you and your future spouse decide, you will be faced with the difficult challenge-your guest list.
Here are 4 things to consider when you are tackling your guestlist:
Offer live streaming and encourage elderly and high-risk guests to stay home.
Ask your selected videographer about streaming services. Most videographers have added streaming services to their packages. That way your guests can celebrate you in the safest way possible.
Stick to immediate family and close friends.
Invite only your immediate family, your parents, siblings, and other close family members. Family members that you have not spoken to in years, or within the last year should not be considered. I always tell my clients, “If they have not met you or your spouse in person, they should not be considered at this time.”
Close friends should be exactly what it states, close. Friends that you have not spoken to in years, or have not checked in on you during planning, two words: cut it. Surround yourself with those who truly love and support you and your future spouse.
Remove the plus one option.
Ok, so this is a tough one. To limit the guest count and obey the statewide guidelines, you have to be very selective. That includes removing children of guests, boyfriends, and girlfriends of guests and spouses of guests if they do not know you or your spouse. Share with the invited guests the decided guest count and the gathering restrictions for clarity.
Send favors or guest kits to virtual attendees.
Send guests personalized favors to make them feel like they are right there with you. You can send cupcake boxes with the same flavor selection from your wedding cake, send confetti poppers to release after the i-dos, or even send personal-sized champagne bottles to pop during the toast. That way, guests can celebrate with you in real-time.
Remember, your wedding is about you and your spouse, no one else. If you decide to elope or have a large wedding you have always dreamed about, make the best decision for you. Happy Planning!