Julia Cumes for The NYTimes
If you’ve received an invitation to a wedding recently, along with an RSVP card and a link to the couple’s registry might also be an additional note, brand new in 2021 to the wedding-planning landscape:
There very likely might be a note alerting potential guests they’ll be required to be vaccinated to attend the wedding. The New York Times highlighted this trend, pointing out that in a recent survey done by a popular wedding planning site, 22% of the 1400 couples surveyed said that were requiring guests to be vaccinated, up from only 3% in the spring.
“Many couples are setting up mobile testing sites the day before their weddings, informing guests that they will need to wear masks throughout the reception, and providing color-coded bracelets that indicate which guests are fine with hugging and which want to keep their distance, according to wedding planners.”
Of course, like all things wedding-related, this topic is bound to be controversial and is destined to ruffle some feathers. There will be guests who are offended, guests who think such a requirement is a breach of etiquette, some who think it doesn’t go far enough, and some who think the whole idea of Covid precaution is anti-romance during what is often considered the most romantic of special occasions. I’m curious where you fall on the spectrum. If you were getting married over the next few months, would you require your wedding guests to get vaccinated? How about masks? What about social distancing? (And then there’s also the question about destination bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the tension around traveling during the Delta surge…).