It’s a difficult time for couples waiting to tie the knot as they try to piece together a big day within the restrictions of a global pandemic.
They face the tough choice of who will witness the nuptials and celebrate with them afterwards with strict limitations on the number of guests allowed to attend.
One soon-to-be bride and groom decided the best way to deal with this is to send out invites to everyone, placing them into three categories of priority.
Guests who were first choice were placed into group A, with others told they were in group B and would be able to attend if people won’t be able to make it.
They even sent invites out to people they informed had been placed in group C – which are supposedly back-ups to the back-ups.
Invites clearly state which group guests have been placed in and read: “Dear friends and family, please understand that our venue is limited in the number of guests we will be able to accommodate for our wedding day.
“As much as we would love to have each and every one of you join us on our big day, we are forced to split our guests into groups to ensure we do not surpass our capacity restrictions.”
Group A are told to RSVP as soon as possible so their spaces can filled if they are unable to make it, and groups B and C are told to keep an eye on their website for updates.
It adds: “If possible, we encourage our guests to hire a babysitter for the night and leave your children at home.
“As much as we love kids, we are doing our best to make space for all the guests we can.
“We also ask for our single guests to forego their plus ones if possible. We appreciate your understanding.”
The system left people baffled after being shared on Reddit, with many questioning why they didn’t simply wait for their first choices to respond, rather than telling others they hadn’t made the first cut.
One said: “Covid or not, being put into prioritised ‘groups’ and then telling everyone which group they’re in is rude.
“I don’t want to attend a wedding that I’m only going to be invited to if someone else can’t go.”
But others saw no problem with it, arguing: “Yeah, this seems completely acceptable due to Covid-19 restrictions. I would not be offended to be in B or C.”