Created: June 16, 2020 10:06 AM
This time of year is typically busy with weddings every weekend, but due to COVID-19, the popular season for ceremonies is looking a lot different. The unknown with the ongoing situation is putting extra stress on couples dreaming of their big day.
For Cary Cardinal and Jackie Zimski of Hastings, they were looking forward to theirs back in May at Glensheen. Zimski is from Duluth and she said Glensheen was special to her. That's why it was the perfect place for their wedding.
"We got engaged November 3rd and we hit the ground running fast on wedding plans, because we've been together seven years and I was like, 'Im not waiting another day,'" Zimski said.
Little did they know at the time they'd have to wait a lot longer, as COVID-19 had other plans.
"Glensheen called us and said, 'Hey, let's just have a plan B just in case,' and then a week later things got really really bad," Zimski said.
By March, it became clear it wasn't going to happen on their original date.
"It was just, 'Oh no we get to do this all over again,'" Cardinal said. "We did really well with our RSVPs. We had about 80% in, so when we were told, 'Oh that's not going to happen,' it was just really really a bummer," Zimski said.
Of course, they're not the only ones having to adjust their plans. Glensheen said many couples have pushed their dates back, some all the way to 2021.
"Right now we are taking it case by case, because every wedding is unique and everyone wants to celebrate in a different way, so we're working with them to create a great experience for them, whether it's this year or next year," Emma Deaner, Glensheen Event Sales Manager, said.
Despite the challenges, Glensheen said they're committed to helping make wedding dreams come true even during a pandemic.
"Ultimately, we're here to celebrate them and we don't want them to have a poor experience, because it shouldn't be any more stressful than it already is," Deaner said.
Cardinal and Zimski are now set to get married in August.
"We're remaining cautiously optimistic about it," Zimski said.
With so much still unknown, Glensheen's taking the necessary precautions.
"We've also gotten creative too, if there are certain restrictions or parameters in place by the state or University of how we can still celebrate," Deaner said. "So it may not look the same, but the feelings are the same."
No matter what the future of the pandemic holds, Cardinal and Zimski said they're ready to say "I do."
"We've kind of made a commitment that it's going to happen that day," Carindal said. "As much as it sucks to have to reschedule your wedding once, possibly twice, we're just making the best of it," Zimski said.
Glensheen said they are recommending any couples who are set to get married this year, put a hold on their venue for a backup date, because 2021 is booking up quickly.
For couples getting engaged soon, the pandemic could impact the wedding industry for the next few years, so it will help to start planning ahead.
Created: June 16, 2020 10:06 AM
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