“As a business, they cannot continue to cancel and reschedule. If events can really take place, putting all the safety measures in place – vaccinations, testing, all that – then it’s hard for a venue to allow customers to cancel or change dates without face any consequences,” she said.
Seth Rosen, 37, and Martha Burla, 36, of Chicago, were originally supposed to get married in January 2021, but postponed the event by a year. “The idea of downsizing, doing something smaller, just holding a small family event didn’t really appeal to either of us. We said we would wait and have a full wedding when we could,” Mr. Rosen said.
He said the news of the Omicron variant was particularly disappointing as the venue they had booked for the January 15 wedding would not allow them to cancel or postpone and still receive their money back. Because of safety concerns, guests also began to leave, resulting in the kind of miniaturized event the couple had hoped to avoid by postponing in the first place.
“Last year, people were forced to cancel. We had no choice then, the city was locked down, we had to cancel,” Ms. Burla said. “But this year doesn’t really feel like we have options either.”
Mr Rosen said the cancellation was “completely understandable”, adding that “we are not angry about it.” Without any alternatives but moving forward, the pair had to be quarantined for two weeks in early January.
“Because the venue didn’t allow us to cancel, I thought, ‘What’s the worst case scenario?’ And one of us getting Covid is clearly the worst case scenario,” Ms. Burla said. Leading up to their wedding “was a series of highs and lows,” including guest cancellations from throughout December and “at least 20 cancellations in the two days leading up to the wedding.” The couple initially invited 180 guests; In the end, about 90 people attended.
But “most importantly,” she said, “we got married, had a nice day and were very happy, and no one caught Covid at our event, it was like a miracle.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/fashion/weddings/wedding-postponed-pandemic.html Couples face the fatigue of postponing their weddings as the pandemic continues