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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Coronavirus and Your Wedding

While the world takes the COVID-19 pandemic by storm, businesses are having to try their best to stay afloat and work through it.  Considering all the preventative measures, our team at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center want to make sure you put your health and safety first.  With that being said, this unprecedented time has taken a toll on many aspects of our lives.  One, in particular, is celebrating what is supposed to be the best day of your life: your wedding.


So, let’s go over a few things that you might be concerned about during this time.


What Is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?


COVID-19 is a part of a large strain of viruses that have the ability to transmit between animals and people.  As stated by the World Health Organization, manageable symptoms include respiratory issues (such as shortness of breath and breathing issues), consistent cough and an abnormally high fever.  The more severe the case becomes, symptoms might include acute respiratory syndrome, failure of the kidneys, pneumonia, and possibly death.


Since the outbreak became known, after originating in the Hubei region of China, the virus has since spread into countries like South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Spain, the United States and more.


How This Impacts the Wedding Industry


It’s inevitable: This illness has certainly affected many different industries and ways of life all around the world.  This goes for everyone; small-and-large businesses alike.  If you have a wedding scheduled within the next month to three months, please consider the possibility that your wedding plans will be majorly affected.  As of March 27, 2020, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has now matched its recommendation of the White House in discouraging social gatherings of 10 or more people.  Here in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered a stay-at-home executive order in which is in place until at least April 30.  Therefore, industries are pushing back just about everything that was planned for the months of April and May.


What You Can Do Right Now


Should you still be planning a wedding during this unprecedented time, it’s probably a good time to lay down some extra plans just in case your original plans are compromised.  Before you completely cancel, weigh the options, because you do have some.  These plans can be made should the threat of the virus continue to increase, especially in the area that your wedding is supposed to take place.


  1. Obviously, you want your dream wedding to happen as scheduled without any interruptions.  Considering your guest list is intimate (or no more than 50 persons), then there is a chance you can follow through with your original plans.  Though, if your wedding is scheduled to happen before the end of May, it’s our recommendation that you look to the next few plans listed below.


  1. Think about the guests and who is in town and who needs to travel for the big day.  Alter the hours and services needed from vendors: catering services, the DJ, the photographer, etc.  Although it isn’t ideal, consider cutting down your guest list to less than 50 persons if it’s at or above that number.  You can always elope on your original date (a micro wedding with immediate family) and move the big celebration to a future date outside of the pandemic, so others won’t have to miss out.


  1. Do a live stream wedding ceremony on social media!  Who can think of a more memorable wedding than watching one right from your couch?  Like in the previous plan, invite an intimate crowd for the live stream.  Then, plan your dream celebration (even a destination celebration, perhaps?) when all of this is over.


  1. If you’re feeling like a big, dark cloud is hovering over this entire wedding planning process, it might be in your best interest to postpone the entire celebration.  Postponing everything might sound like a hard blow, but it prevents any of the potential risks from becoming real issues for you and your friends and family.  Then, once this is over, you can proceed with the wedding you’ve always dreamed and envisioned.


An important lesson to take away from this Coronavirus pandemic is to focus on what REALLY matters to you on your wedding day.  Who are the essential attendees that you cannot imagine your wedding without?  What are some of the components of the wedding that are just non-negotiable?  At the end of the day, what matters more: fancy décor or everyone’s health?  As unfortunate as these times are, it’s vital to prioritize what truly matters in our lives.


DeCarlo’s Banquet Center: Affordable Banquet Halls in Warren, Michigan


At DeCarlo’s, we offer seven gorgeous affordable banquet halls that can accommodate anywhere from 35 to 1,425 people.  So, large or small, we are the perfect convention center with banquet rooms for your wedding reception.  We also provide an incredible menu and beverage options to suit all tastes and budgets.  So, if you need to book any kind of catering near Warren, Michigan, give us a call at (586) 759-6500 to book your date, or ask us about any recent developments regarding COVID-19.  Please feel free to fill out the contact form on our website, as well!

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