New Orleans has always been a city at risk of last-minute changes and hurricane scares. We talk through hurricane policies and what it might look like if we have to evacuate. Being in the Hospitality and Event industry, we are consistently preparing and contracting for brewing storms and sudden up-rooting. But now, we are looking at an entirely different situation – enter the Corona Virus.
I know, from my perspective as a planner, this has been heart-breaking for my clients that had to make tough decisions at the end of last week. As of Sunday night, more restrictions and precautions have been placed on events of over fifty people and social distancing is the new norm and expectation, no matter what part of the country you live in. This will affect everyone in every industry across America. Children are out of school, businesses are closed, incomes have stopped for many of us and the fear of not knowing how long this will continue is palpable. But in my industry and here, in New Orleans, with so many clients (and their guests) coming from out of town, we are banning together to figure out a way to move forward and do the best we can to navigate through rescheduling our weddings and events while trying to keep our clients calm and educated. But what happens when you do not have a planner or a professional guiding you through next steps? Let me help you out with that.
While we all understand how emotionally disruptive this pandemic has been for everyone, we, in this industry in New Orleans in particular, feel particularly saddened for our clients and anyone who had planned to be married this Spring. We are truly talking daily to continue educating ourselves on methods to get through this and navigate together. We are here for all of you, but please understand that this is not an opportunity to jump in and take advantage or find a scapegoat.
More than anything, remember that everyone is in the same boat – You are not alone in feeling sad, stressed or disappointed. But keeping in mind that you and your fiancé love each other and are postponing the wedding because of something that is a nation-wide problem is a hell of a lot better reason to postpone that being uncertain about who you are marrying. You can still get married on your scheduled wedding date perhaps in a private ceremony if you’d like (and I’m sure any of your vendors would be happy to facilitate that) so please know that you have options and that everything will work out if we stay calm and communicate appropriately. You were set to get married in New Orleans, after all, and there is nothing better than a party in this city on the tail end of tragic event! This too shall pass and we will be here to party with you when it does!
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