Throughout this pandemic, there has been constant chopping and changing in respect to numbers of guests permitted to attend a wedding. The worst part for so many is that couples may have already invited guests and are only days or weeks out from their big day.
So what do you do???
Firstly, you may find that there are guests that would love an out as they’re nervous so giving all guests the choice to come forward now rather than last minute dropping out.
Step 1: Ask who wants an out!
You could word that as follows:
As many of you are aware, there has been some further restrictions to weddings. As a result, we may have to reduce the number of guests who can attend our wedding day. We are also very aware that for some, they may not feel that they can attend a wedding. With that in mind, we are asking if there are any guests who would prefer to not attend our wedding, to let us know. Please be assured that we will not be offended albeit sad that we cannot have the day we would have preferred. If you could let us know this week we would appreciate it.
Next step would be to uninvite guests and I found some wording that could work.
Rest assured, guests understand and won’t be offended. It’s a terrible disappointment but you will get to celebrate with them at soon stage (hopefully soon)
I found this on Brides.com and thought it was great. I’ve adapted for our Irish circumstances…
Step 2: Uninviting
Due to the recent government announcement and for everyone’s safety, we have to change the plan for our wedding. Unfortunately we will have to reduce our guest list to an intimate number in line with restrictions. Please accept our apologies for not having you with us on the big (small!) day. We cannot wait to celebrate with you in style at a later date.
You can also get some templates that you can email or text on Etsy: https://tidd.ly/3y1Dfkb
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