Wedding industry impacted by coronavirus restrictions
DELMARVA – The Centers for Disease Control currently recommends that people cancel events with more than 50 people, which of course puts limits on weddings. currently recommends that people cancel events with more than 50 people, which of course puts limits on weddings. The owner of Kylan Barn in Delmar says his venue can hold more than 200 people. But that kind of crowd is exactly what health experts say needs to be avoided in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. So venues, florists, photographers and everyone else involved in a couple’s big day are just waiting to see how this all pans out with the hope that it doesn’t last much longer.
“There are just some things you can’t control and this is one of them and it’s just hard,” says Kyle Hughes, owner of Kylan Barn in Delmar.
The wedding industry, an industry that heavily relies on large gatherings, is being hit hard by crowd restrictions due to the coronavirus. “April and May are big for the wedding season. So we do a wedding every weekend. Sometimes we have triples, sometimes we have doubles, sometimes we just have one,” says Hughes.
Even vendors who don’t have weddings right around the corner are facing uncertainty because no one’s quite sure what the timeline for these restrictions looks like. “I’m slowly getting some calls that dates might be changed but they’re just going be postponed,” says Ken Norman, the owner of Floral Inspirations in Lewes.
Some couples who have planned their big day years in advance are now facing a tough reality. “I know my bride this weekend booked two years ago so we let her push back a year,” says Hughes.
But with all the moving parts, postponing a wedding isn’t easy. “If you move your date you have to move everybody with you. Your photographers, your florists, your caterer. I talked to a florist and she has five weddings in one day and she can’t handle another one if her bride has to move her date,” says Hughes.
However, local vendors say they’re all trying to work together to make it through this because it’s all they can do. “We are dealing as best we can even with my vendors my floral vendors they are like if there’s cancellations just let me know as soon as possible. We’re all in this together and we’re working together to make the best of it for everybody,” says Norman.
Vendors are also working with couples who want to downsize their wedding to less than 50 people. Ingrid Hopkin, the owner of The Covered Bridge Inn says weddings aren’t all about the pomp and circumstance. “At the end of the day, the most important outcome of a wedding is that two loving souls are united as one…I don’t think that any couple, whether scheduled for The Covered Bridge Inn, or any venue across the world should cancel their wedding due to this pandemic. At the end of the day, the union of souls is the priority. Sacrificing the originally planned party in order to do our part as responsible and caring humans in order to protect our vulnerable loved ones throughout the world, is the right thing to do.”
Now vendors usually plan their work a year in advance so they’re likely already booked on the weekends for the rest of the year. So many are also offering to reschedule for a weekday because those are more likely to be open.
The economic impact of weddings is also a major thing to consider. “We bring ten thousand people to Delmar every year. So just the economy that’s going to hurt. Just going to Delmar Pizza or the Wawa or anything like that. That’s a big change. Putting them in the hotels in Salisbury and the hotel in Delmar,” says Hughes.
“With the average cost of a wedding these days is around $50,000, my venue alone, this teeny tiny little piece of the economic puzzle, is looking at potential loss of revenues around half a million dollars for our local industry,” says Hopkin.