Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
It was March 7th, 2020 the last wedding weekend in the North East. We happened to have a wedding in Philadelphia, PA that day. There were 140 people, all slightly nervous about a virus we knew very little about. The day before the wedding ten guests traveling from NYC backed out from attending for fear of the unknown. It would be March 12th when the CDC would issue restrictions of mass gatherings. No more weddings for the foreseeable future. A billion dollar industry nearly wiped away in a matter of minutes.
What happens next is a whirlwind of re-planning multiple weddings. Working endlessly to make sure our couples could get a new wedding date for either later in the year or moving all the way to 2021. It was weeks of back and forth with wedding vendors all trying to do what was best for their couples. Doing all of this knowing their once secure livelihood was in jeopardy. You see, the wedding industry is made up of thousands of small businesses just like ours.
How do we survive a complete shut down of our industry? When will this ever end? It made me think of why we got into wedding planning in the first place. After planning our first wedding, we were hooked. We loved the feeling of helping people come together to celebrate a new beginning. Laughing, crying, dancing, eating and drinking all while being surrounded by the people they love most in this world. This is what made our jobs so rewarding.
Now we stand with millions of others, anxiously awaiting the re-opening of our states and ultimately the wedding industry as a whole. As we wait, we wonder, will weddings ever be the same? Will 300 people ever want to be in a room dancing closely on a dance floor again? I say yes, yes we will get back to weddings the way they have been for hundreds of years. You know why, because this is why we live. We live to celebrate all the amazing accomplishments, relationships and milestones in each others lives. This is what makes us who we are. We endlessly talk about the wedding where Grandpa danced with all the bridesmaids or when the Father of the Bride sang the first dance song. These are the moments we cherish. We can't see the laughter on the brides face as her maid of honor tells funny stories if she is wearing a mask. And we can't hug our loved ones if we are watching on a computer screen.
So, while we have no idea what the future holds. We can all agree that COVID-19 is scary, but what's scarier is that we can no longer live. No one knows what the future holds, will I die of COVID-19 or a car accident? Either way, I have to believe that I lived. Let's protect our loved ones who may be compromised in these times, but let's not compromise on living.
We need weddings. And when this is all over, we will again gather, not because we can, but because it's what we need. We will do it as it has always been done, surrounded by the ones we love.