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Weddings, and venues hit hard due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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It's a day many brides have dreamed of since they were little girls, and it's said to be the happiest days of a couple's life, their wedding day. For so many couples around the nation that day may be postponed due to COVID-19.

It's no secret how much time and planning goes into weddings, you have the vendors, the venue, and even the honeymoon. But for brides around our country the lead up to that special day has been a roller-coaster of ups and downs due to the Coronavirus.

For one bride, Whitney Barnett, her wedding day was planned for May 17th, but now she's unsure of what the future may hold.

"I think the biggest stress is coming from not knowing if my plans will actually happen. I have less than 60 days until my wedding, the wedding is pretty much already planned. You don't know if it's going to be a new restriction or how many people you can have. Everyday you're faced with 'what should I do, should I reschedule, should I just stretch the whole wedding and lose money and just have a courthouse wedding. It's just an added layer of stress most brides don't have to encounter," Barnett described.

The beginning of spring is a huge money making season for the bridal industry, here in the mountain state some of the most popular wedding destinations are struggling.

"Our first wedding is April 13th. It's not looking too good right now it's a week by week basis. The best saying is unfortunately, that you hope for the best and expect the worst and as a small business you have to be prepared for any obstacles that come your way," Co-Owner of Daniel Vineyards, Chad Daniel said.

"Some are better than others. My summer brides, and my fall brides are doing fairly well. My April and May brides are the ones we're trying to let them know that we're going to do everything that we can to get them rescheduled, and hopefully our May brides will be able to keep put," Co-Owner of Little Acre Farm Wedding Venue, Crystal Burks said.

As of now brides are holding on to hope of their dream wedding. But they also are preparing to expect the unexpected.

"It gives us time to really focus on our marriage, and on our marriage to be. I think we can get so caught up in the wedding planning where the actual marriage is put on the back burner. So this is giving us time to say 'hey if we don't get a wedding we still have each other, and we still have a marriage that we can build and grow on from there and we're OK with that," Barnett said.

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