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Wedding cancellations impact local business owners

Local wedding vendors say they have lost thousands of dollars due to canceled weddings. (WJHG/WECP)
Local wedding vendors say they have lost thousands of dollars due to canceled weddings. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 14, 2020 at 6:16 PM CDT
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A beach wedding is a dream for many brides, but this spring, you won't see hardly any because of the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control guidelines discourage gatherings of ten or more people.

So weddings that owner of Signature Catering of 30A Christopher Holbrook would normally serve, are canceling.

"It's impacted me horribly, pretty much the month of April, a hundred thousand dollars of no revenue, and there's really not any way to make that money up," said Holbrook.

Grove Fisher owns Fisher's Flowers. She said during these spring months she normally provides floral arrangements for events from Destin to Panama City.

"The direct impact has been that most of our income is completely gone. We do very few deliveries, things like that," said Fisher.

Fisher said, besides hotels and short term rentals, events are a huge part of the workforce in Walton County.

"When you take that out of the game, many of my friends don't have work, they don't have either their florist or their lighting technician, sound people, the DJs, the band members. It really has a tremendous trickledown effect, and there's lots of people in this community that are struggling and it's been their livelihood for 12 to 15 years," Fisher said.

Fisher said her company is working with other businesses impacted by COVID-19 to come up with new ways to work during this time.

"What we're working on trying to build is excitement around small intimate events in people's homes," said Fisher.

One wedding planner also says many people are opting to postpone their weddings to the fall or even next year.

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