COVID 19 PANDEMIC WEDDING PLANNING
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit New York, one by one the calls and emails came in. Everyone started changing their wedding dates, moving their weddings to 2021. Marisa and David were different. They planned a micro wedding.
They moved their Spring wedding to August. No one knew what would happen but slowly as New York crawled out from under the complete shutdown, it became apparent that, yes, weddings would happen.
Of course, weddings during a pandemic would be different. But Marisa and David decided that no matter what, they were going to proceed. They cut their guest list from 150 guests to 48. And those 48 were either tested or wore masks throughout the day. You see, Marisa and David absolutely wanted to guarantee the safety of their treasured guests.
They also wanted to keep their vendors safe.
HOW THE PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE WEDDING INDUSTRY
They are simply put, a lovely, thoughtful couple. They cared about their vendors and the economic strain on them created by the Pandemic and the complete shutdown of live events.
The wedding was beautiful. Matthew and Kayla from Every Little Detail Wedding and Event Planning in Red Hook, NY did an amazing job. I cannot imagine how stressful it all was in the weeks leading up to the wedding day, but they pulled it off with flying colors.
After Marisa and David said “I do” and walked down the aisle on a simply gorgeous afternoon, guests gathered albeit at a safe distance to celebrate this couple with dinner, drinks and a bonfire.
All of it was bittersweet if I am honest.
I was absolutely thrilled to be working. I was nervous going in, not knowing what to expect, but everyone made me feel safe.
I talked to the owner of the Barn at Liberty Farms and this was their only wedding for 2020. All their other weddings moved to other dates in 2021. The financial impact of this is hard to underestimate. That means they will lose and entire year of income and yet they still have to maintain the beautiful property.
After speaking with the DJ, I was devastated. His company has 9 employees, all of whom he had to let go. His 280 weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs for 2020 vanished.
I know for myself, I will survive. I was lucky to get a loan. I was lucky to have some savings. But my business will NEVER be the same. And I will NEVER forget Marisa and David’s wedding, their grace and their kindness.
Enjoy their wedding story.