Times are tough and numbers are limited.
Across the globe, weddings have been postponed and cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One couple decided to go on with their wedding anyway, and divided their guests into groups based on how important they were.
The guests have been categorised into Groups A, B or C, The Sun reports.
The new system was explained to guests on an updated wedding invite.
“Dear friends and family, please understand that our venue is limited in the number of guests we’ll be able to accommodate for our wedding day,” the couple wrote.
“As much as we’d love to have each and every one of you join us on our big day, we’re forced to split our guests into groups to ensure we don’t surpass our capacity restrictions."
The lucky ones included in Group A were urged to RSVP as soon as possible because if they aren’t able to attend, their spot could be given to someone in the Group B or C waiting list.
“Please keep a close watch on our wedding website for notice that we have space available,” the couple added.
Moreover, single guests were informed they wouldn’t be allowed a plus one and parents were encouraged to leave their children at home.
The invite sparked fierce debate on Reddit, with some arguing the couple were doing the right thing amid the pandemic, while others were left shocked by the invitation.
“I don’t understand why you can’t just wait for the ‘Group A’ RSVPs and then reach out to your B-team folks,” said one user, labelling the couple as rude.
“Covid or not, being put into prioritised ‘groups’ and then telling everyone which group they’re in is rude," another added. “I don’t want to attend a wedding that I’m only going to be invited to if someone else can’t go.”
“This is becoming more common with Covid. Group A is immediate family, Group B is aunts, uncles and cousins. And then group C is friends and co-workers,” another user rebutted. “My wedding planner told me to do this exact thing before I cancelled the event.”
The pandemic is certainly adding more tension to weddings and other events, especially when numbers need to be limited.