COVID-19 postpones that special day
With each day COVID-19 displays the many areas it impacts of our everyday lives, including that special day.
As the federal government works around the clock combating the COVID-19 pandemic here on the Coast, :“We are one of the best wedding venues in the state. So, of course we were jam packed as usualy for March. It’s high wedding season.”
City of Biloxi Events Coordinator Amanda Williams said, “We’ve experienced that a lot of our brides, especially, weddings book one to two years in advance so there’s a lot of work that goes into that special day.”
Wedding venues like the White House Hotel and Biloxi Visitors Center canceled many ceremonies to keep visitors safe. White House Hotel General Manager Miranda Rogers said, “Each couple is upset and wanting to reschedule and wanting to make sure that we would be able to accommodate them with this occasion and absolutely we are.”
Williams said, “Thankfully all of our clients that we’ve contacted, they’ve been very understanding. Some have made back up plans, some have rescheduled their dates. Several brides have actually rescheduled the same day for 2021 and they’re planning on using all the items that they printed and keeping their dates and just looking at it as this is their story.”
Even though all weddings are canceled for the coming weeks, one wedding made the cut before the Biloxi Visitors Center closed completely. Williams say the wedding party is feeling the effects of this outbreak. “They actually uninvited guests and their guests have been understanding as well. They’re down to their immediate family and basically they’re just going to have a short ceremony and reception of less than 20 or 30 people and by the day that keeps going down but they are definitely going to have this special day and possibly a very special celebration for their first year anniversary. Again they’re trying to make the best of their situation.”
Rodgers says she hopes things start operating normally in the near future, but she understands how much disappointment the couples are experiencing. “You spend your whole life with this idea in your head of what this day is going to be like and you work so hard on every detail. More than anything it’s not anger, it’s not frustration, it’s just a sadness that you get back from them.”