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Wedding Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - With Governor Eric Holcomb's stay at home order, and the CDC's recommendations on the number of people allowed at any given place, how is the wedding industry affected?

For wedding vendors, a wedding is their main source of income so with many being canceled, you can imagine the financial hit it's causing.

Photos and a cake are key staples to a wedding, and with cancellations those vendors are left at the alter.

For Morgan McIntire, the lead photographer of Indigo Lace Collective, a normal day for her is filled with editing pictures and flipping through photo albums.

However, with concerns over coronavirus she's left with no weddings to capture.

"There might not be a paycheck for 8 weeks," McIntire said. "They want all of their family and friends to be there, but then they also have this huge weight on their shoulders because they don't want to put any of their family and friends and grandparents in jeopardy and potentially get them sick," she added.

For McIntire her photos are what pays the bills. McIntire said, "How is this going to happen, how are we going to be able to still sustain our business and support our clients at the end of the year while giving so many refunds and changing so many dates."

McIntire isn't alone, Grayce Holloway, the owner of icing for Izaac started her cake business a year ago and says while owning her own business is risky, she never saw anything like this coming.

"Even just utilities, that's how we pay utilities at our home. Our mortgage, our car payments, our phone bills. That's how I pay for it. With my cakes, and I don't know. It's so scary," said Holloway. "It's like over half my income. That's how I provide for my family," she added.

Holloway, a mother of four says the stress of the unknown is what makes it hard.

"Even putting food on the table, we don't know and it's so scary," said Holloway.

Not only does Holloway have couples canceling their weddings, some are scaling back on their cakes, asking for a smaller one just to celebrate the two. While she's happy she's still getting business, she now has another obstacle to tackle. "I am having trouble finding butter and eggs, which is like two of the main things I need," she said.

The perfect recipe for a disaster, no eggs, no milk, means no cake. Holloway said, "I won't be able to support my business if I can not find eggs, and butter, and oil. I can not make cakes, I can't. And my business will have to shut down too."

But for both Holloway and McIntire, their outlook is inspiring, positive through all the trials.

"I am so sad for them that they are in this situation, I can't even imagine," said Holloway.

McIntire said, "This is going to eventually be a good story to tell. This is going to be something to look back on and say wow we planned our wedding during a world wide pandemic. It's going to be something that you can look back on and at least smile a little bit."

McIntire said many couples are rescheduling a big party for after the restrictions are lifted, and is now telling her brides this, "You get to wear your wedding dress twice, you get to have two different bouquets, you get to get done up twice, you get to get portraits twice, it's so disappointing but there is a little bit of a silver lining. Where like how many couples in the world get to say that they get to have this celebration more than once. With the same people, and with the same amount of joy and love. It's so rare, and if you can just focus on that and really dwell in the fact that it's about the two of you, it's going to be significantly better."

Many couples have chosen to still honor their wedding dates and do something small between the two of them, making it even busier for McIntire and Holloway during the fall months.

Kaitlyn Kendall

Kaitlyn Kendall anchors ABC21 news at 5 and is the chief investigative reporter for the stations Digging Deeper team.

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