A Chinese groom was forced to watch his wedding on a WeChat livestream after the venue barred him and several other guests from entering due to an “outdated” COVID test, following a last-minute change to the testing requirements.
The 28-year old groom, surnamed Deng, was originally told that all guests needed to provide a negative COVID-19 test “within four days” of his April 26 wedding. At noon on the day of the event, however, the venue informed them that the requirement was changed to mandate negative test results within 48 hours.
Deng, along with 20 other guests, were barred from entering the venue and forced to wait outside. Rather than participating in his wedding ceremony, Deng watched it on a WeChat livestream. At that moment, the 28-year old groom said he “was about to cry” until his friend began recording a video of the experience, which made him laugh.
The viral video was reposted to the Chinese TikTok platform Douyin by Tianmu News, garnering 591,000 likes since it was uploaded on April 27.
Deng rushed to the nearest hospital where he retook his exam and awaited his results.
The bride, nicknamed Xiaojie, said that she had decided to continue with the wedding, as it would “not be appropriate to cancel it” since all the guests had already arrived.
“When I learned that Deng could not enter the restaurant, my first thought was to postpone the wedding, but then I realized that our parents and all of the guests had arrived and it would not be appropriate to cancel it,” Xiaojie said, per South China Morning Post.
After receiving a negative test result, Deng was finally able to enter the venue along with the other guests, and, although the ceremony began at 2:00 p.m., the couple officially tied the knot at 6:00 p.m.
“It was, in the end, a beautiful wedding,” Deng said. “And thanks to the fuss, we got blessings sent by people across the country.”