Wedding Wednesday Q&A: Can You Require Guests To Be Vaccinated To Attend Your Wedding?

Wedding Wednesday Q&A wedding planning questions answered by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Q: We’re planning on getting married in late 2021 and we’re thinking about requiring guests to be vaccinated to attend our wedding. Is that something we can ask of them? And if so, how does that work?

Great question! Because if you’re getting married anytime in the 2nd half of 2021 and even in 2022, if the idea hasn’t crossed your mind, it should.

Dr. Fauci has previously said that by April 2021 anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one. And most recently President Biden said the end of July.

Now whether that proves to be the case or not is hard to say.

But with people actually starting to get the vaccine right now, there is hope.

And it’s very possible being vaccinated will even become a requirement for weddings and destination weddings.

But, with that hope means that all your guests might be vaccinated before your wedding.

Which would make for a much safer wedding. Not 100% safe, but much much safer.

And who doesn’t want a safer wedding?

So, could you require that your guests be vaccinated in order to attend your wedding?

The answer is yes.

But in order to do that, you’d have to have a wedding in a timeframe when the vaccine is readily available.

Because you can’t request that your guests be vaccinated, if they can’t get vaccinated.

So what this means is you wouldn’t be able to request this of your guests right now. You’d have to wait until closer to the wedding or when the vaccine is readily available and easily attainable.

Because while the government is working hard to get vaccines to people, it’s still going to take some time.

And there are so many logistics and unknowns that can come into play and interfere with the roll out.

And once again, you can’t request that your guests be vaccinated to attend your wedding, if they can’t actually get the vaccine.

Here’s how it would work and what to expect

Once we get to the point when the vaccine is readily available and easily attainable, you’d need to clearly inform your guests of your request.

And your wedding invitation is the best place for this.

Because in order to be able to RSVP, your guests need to know of your request.

Which means that you’d have to make your decision before your invites go out.

This puts a time crunch on you. And depending on when you’re getting married it may or may not work out.

And because your request will play a factor in your guest’s decision to attend or not attend, it also means if they don’t want to get vaccinated, they won’t attend.

Which could be a bummer.

And that’s something you need to be prepared for.

You need to be prepared that your request may result in guests not attending.

And the question you have to ask yourself is, is that ok?

It may be worth it given the state of the world and your desire to make your wedding safe. Which even if they don’t attend, your guests can’t fault you for that.

But still, it’s important to keep all of this in mind when making this decision.

Wedding party walking down stairs to the beach at a Half Moon Bay wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Strotz Photography)

The last thing I want to mention is that if a vaccine isn’t readily and easily available before you send your invitations out, you could request that guests either have a vaccination or a negative test.

This allows for more flexibility given the state of the vaccine roll out and gives your guests more options to attend.

Now how do you make the request and how do you ensure guests actually follow the rules? That’s a question for another day.

For now, think about whether requiring a vaccine makes sense for you and your wedding. And whether or not you decide to require it, make sure you follow these guidelines when planning your wedding during COVID.

Because no matter what you do, you want your wedding to be safe.

And don’t forget we can help you with that! Contact us for a free consultation.

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