When Wedding Crashers are welcome

At the same time, vendors, many of whom have suffered severe financial losses over the past two years, have made their guest count requirements clearer and stricter, said Leah Weinberg, attorney and owner of Color. Pop Events in New York.

“Almost all wedding vendors have revised their contract after the Covid hit,” said Ms. Weinberg, who noted that the number of guests is usually agreed upon when a vendor is booked, although payments are made closer. of an event. “They will say you can add to the number of guests, but not subtract from it.”

To avoid the embarrassment of empty tables, or to prevent hundreds or even thousands of dollars from being wasted when attendees drop out, more and more couples are now filling seats with people they vaguely know, or don’t know at all. all – welcome marriage breakers, if you will.

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On August 18, a Thursday, Heather Ecker, 39, a housewife, and Jesse Cram, 33, a biochemist, plan to wed at a Rosecliff, a Gilded Age mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Newport , RI Wanting an intimate event, the couple, who live in Barrington, RI, have a guest list of around 70 – but Ms Ecker fears it could be even smaller.

“I just sent my backup dates but I’ve had a lot of nonverbals already,” she said. “I don’t want to see empty seats, and obviously I’ve already signed the contract for the food” and drinks, she added, which will cost around $200 per person.

Their back-up plan to fill the seats? A list of foreigners who live in Rhode Island and want to attend, which Ms. Ecker found by posting to a thread in a private Facebook group.

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