After what has felt like a very long wait, the government has made an announcement regarding weddings. From the 29th of June, weddings can now take place, with mass gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.
Furthermore, after July 20th numbers will rise to 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. This will continue to be reviewed every 3 weeks as it has been up until this point.
It’s great to finally have some clarity, and I am sure for many couples holding out this gives a sense of relief. People can now plan to go ahead with the new numbers or make the decision to postpone.
For me, my decision to postpone from October 2020 to April 2021 still feels like the right one, I think numbers allowed will only increase from here, and this positive progress makes me feel much safer for April. Those who did not want to postpone must be feeling big relief they now have numbers to work with and plan accordingly. I have spoken to many brides about this on my Instagram and the feelings were overwhelmingly positive and of relief, which is so amazing to see and read, after so many months of uncertainty and worry.
For those who are still unsure, now is the time to sit down with your partner and discuss your options. Decide if you are happy to work with the numbers given, or if you would rather postpone a few months and be able to increase your guest list.
When asked the results tend to be split 5050 on whether people would be happy to go to a wedding in 2020 or not. A lot of people still feel nervous, while others can’t wait to get back to celebrating. If you have quite a few relatives or friends who would have to travel or may be at risk this could help your decision.
For us, a big factor in postponing was how many guests were travelling from abroad who meant a lot to us, the 2-week quarantine made it impossible for people to book flights. We also could not imagine our grannies not being able to be there due to being older and potentially at risk. This is what ultimately led us to postpone and these factors may help you make your decision also.
On the other hand, many people want to move on with their life plans, and don’t want to put their life on hold. Many couples want to start planning for a family after their wedding and postponing a year was causing so much anxiety. This is amazing news as you can now continue your plans and have your wedding. It’s a win in so many ways and let’s hope it continues to progress and life beings to slowly get back to normal.
There’s still of course a lot left unknown, and a lot of questions, like how will social distancing work, but Failte Ireland has released guidelines to give an idea, and I do feel that no matter how different your wedding may seem, it is still your wedding day and the important thing to remember is you are marrying the person you love, and surrounded by the people you love and no virus can get in the way of that.