Couple will only invite vaccinated wedding guests


Dear Amy: My daughter and her fiancé are working on their wedding invitations. They wish to invite only those who have received the COVID vaccination who can also show a negative test result prior to attending the event.

They want to protect vulnerable friends and family members with health risks (i.e. cancer patients and elderly people).

However, the groom’s mother is putting a lot of stress on the bride and groom to invite her unvaccinated brother and his unvaccinated family because she doesn’t want them to be upset and wants to be able to keep peace within the family.

What would you suggest in this situation?

— Mother of the Bride

Dear Mother of the Bride: First off, this is the couple’s wedding, and parents should not pressure them to invite anyone they don’t want to invite.

However, if the couple plans to invite only vaccinated people to their upcoming wedding, this puts them in the position of policing or asking for proof of who is and who is not vaccinated.

And what about guests who have had two or three Covid vaccinations but no recent boosters? Or guests who are vaccinated for Covid but not for the flu (which seems to be particularly nasty this year)?

(According to a recent story in the New York Times: “Influenza, which normally peaks in February, has driven up hospitalization rates to the highest level for this time of year in more than a decade, surpassing hospitalizations from Covid-19.”)

I do think that reminding guests to take a Covid test at most 24 hours before the event would be helpful. The marrying couple could also have rapid tests on hand and ask guests to arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony to self-test before entering the venue — and provide masks and encourage people to wear them while inside.

Immediate pre-wedding testing could be a whole new thing! I envision soft music to mitigate the light anxiety as people await their results.


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