The new coronavirus has upended the wedding industry in Central Ohio and around the world. Here's how local wedding vendors are adapting.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 24 and has since been udpated.
With Ohio under a stay-at-home order at least through May 1 and limits on group gatherings in place for an indefinite period of time, couples planning their weddings have had to face a lot of uncertainty and shifting plans. Whether you are planning your wedding for late 2020 or 2021; intend to elope now and celebrate later, as one couple did recently; or just postpone the entire shebang until the world’s health and economy are more stable, one thing remains the same: You’ll need to work with local vendors.
Fortunately, those folks are adapting their business models and offerings in order to remain available for interested couples. Below is a list of information we’ve compiled, which we’ll update regularly during the course of this crisis. Please note that, given the ever-shifting circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, information below may change before we’re able to update it. Always call the vendor in question to confirm the latest updates.
Changing Wedding Dates
Most vendors that we’ve spoken to have emphasized that they are not charging couples to reschedule their weddings. If you opt to cancel your event altogether, be warned that it is unlikely you will receive a refund on your deposit. We encourage couples to make the most of their investments to date by rescheduling, not canceling, their events.
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In light of with Governor DeWine’s stay-at-home orders, we recommend against scheduling in-person venue tours, shopping trips, vendor meetings, and so on. Many vendors are offering virtual appointments instead, including the following:
Worthington Jewelers will conduct video appointments via FaceTime until further notice. worthingtonjewelers.com/appointments
Scioto Reserve Country Club is offering virtual tours for those who are interested in booking a future wedding at the venue. sciotoreserve.com
Vue Columbus is offering virtual tours as well; couples interested in booking for 2021 should email email@example.com. vuecolumbus.com
Online orders and consultations via email, phone and videochat are available from On Paper, which is now under new ownership. onpaper.com
Gilded Social is conducting virtual appointments and can even send samples to your home. Made-to-order purchases are 10% off when you book a virtual appointment at shopgildedsocial.com/schedule-a-virtual-appointment.
Derks Works Photography has opened a print shop for former clients to order photo prints, as well as curated art prints available for all. Owners Benjamin and Jennifer Derkin also are offering 19 percent (wink, wink) off all new orders of books and albums, as well as gift cards for future sessions. derksworks.com/documents/Covid-19WeAreHere.pdf
Photographer Megan Freeman of Renee Freeman Photography is offering discounted gift certificates, which can be used for future sessions, and a reduced deposit fee for wedding bookings. Her face-to-face consults will be conducted via FaceTime. reneefreemanphotography.mypixieset.com
Avant-Garde Impressions is offering a 50 percent discount for all existing clients who need to reprint invitation pieces or print a new “date has changed” piece due to a postponed or rescheduled event. agimpressions.com
Windi Noble of Run to an Elopement is offering marriage certificate signatures and elopements to currently booked clients who have to postpone their weddings. Her company also offers reasonably priced marriage certificate signatures and elopements to couples who haven’t booked with them yet. runtoanelopement.com
Ampersand Flowers & Events has closed its storefront until early May but is still available via email and social media to book future events. The florist also has a small event space that can be rented; an “elopement package” in the space includes an hour of venue rental, a custom ceremony with a licensed officiant, a bouquet and boutonniere, and cake and a celebratory toast for 10. That package will be available for $395 (a $100 discount) when the space reopens for couples who canceled their original plans but still wants to be married. ampersandflowers.com
Artist Jes McGinley of JesMarried has a free, downloadable “change the date” PDF for couples who are postponing their weddings. She is also offering a discount on edits to the template—customizing the wording on it costs only $20—and can also customize it to be suited for bridal showers and other events. etsy.com/shop/JesMarried
Little Bear Golf Club has reopened under new management, and the Wenbeck at Little Bear has plenty of dates available for couples who have had to reschedule and have lost their venue as a result. The venue can hold up to 250 guests and offers refundable deposits if a couple chooses a new date that is later affected by COVID-19. Email LittleBearEventPlanning@gmail.com or call 833-545-2327 for more information. facebook.com/LittleBearGC
Florist Shaffer Creative Co. has some availability currently, as well as access to a number of photographers and officiants in the Hocking Hills area, for those interested in having a small elopement this spring. The company also still has some availability for fall weddings. shaffercreativeco.com
The Lesser Bear is still accepting orders of naturally dyed silk ribbon, twine, velvet and other accent pieces. Orders will be delivered to clients’ homes. thelesserbear.com
If you are a wedding vendor and would like to be included in this list, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.