Dear brides and grooms,
We know you’ve been waiting for your fairytale wedding since you were a child. We personally know brides who cried their eyes out as the coronavirus lockdown ruined their wedding plans. Thousands of brides-to-be have endured massive financial losses for canceling wedding and honeymoon reservations. We honestly feel your pain, but that is not an excuse to put everyone around you at risk.
Social media is flooding with stories of small wedding receptions at private residences. And no, it’s not just celebrities who are getting married right now. If it’s only a family gathering that would be fine, but there appears to be tens of friends attending. That is the definition of SELFISH and SELF-CENTERED.
Not only are you inviting people who were just vacationing with tens of non-isolated people during Eid, but you are also cornering everyone else to attend because they don’t want to let you down.
We all say we’re isolating, but we are most probably not. We have errands to run and work to go to. Some go to supermarkets or banks while others meet only close relatives, who also most probably leave their houses. So, no isolation is guaranteed unless you live in a cave with enough supplies for the next two years.
News just came out that Mohamed Ramadan’s brother-in-law was arrested for throwing a wedding party against all official warnings. Maybe this will be a wakeup call for everyone who decides to break the rules.
Get married, have fun, start a new chapter, but don’t partake in a pandemic spread. Do not invite anyone, even if they aren’t isolating for the sake of your parents. You are ignoring every global warning made by every single health organization out there. Be responsible. Your reckless decision might cost you the life of a family member or a friend.
Further reading: Dear Egyptians, Stop Gathering. Coronavirus Is Still Out There.