Weddings Canceled During Prime Wedding Season Due to the Shutdown
June is prime wedding season but, still being in the yellow phase in Erie County, only groups of 25 people or less are allowed and making it difficult for soon to be bride and grooms.
With the courthouse being open again, bride and grooms are able to get their marriage license but, having that big dream wedding is difficult during the coronavirus pandemic.
Weddings are being canceled, postponed, and restructured during the pandemic.
Erie Wedding and Event Services Owner, Eve Frank tells Erie News Now they have lost 20 events this year so far because of the pandemic.
"Everything from March to May canceled," says Frank. "Even if they're booking our lowest service, you're talking about our employees losing hours and hours of pay. We have nothing coming in."
Frank says many of her bride and grooms rescheduled 6 months to a year down the road.
"They're worried about which vendors will be available, rescheduling dates, and it's a lot of work for them to find a date that works for everyone."
She says while it's been financially hard on their business, it all comes down to making the perfect day for the wedding couple.
"Our Friday night couple got bride and groom mask to wear for their photos because they wanted to be able to document that they got married during the coronavirus shutdown.
With groups of only 25 people or less allowed during the yellow phase, Erie Wedding and Event Services says Erie County needs to go green
"This is hurting our business, the majority of what we lost was weddings about 250 people, the average wedding in Erie is about 150. We lost a lot of proms and formals, kids need that outlet to socialize, brides and grooms need to be able to celebrate with their friends and family, we have to move into green."