The New Reality: Coronavirus changes wedding plans for couples looking to tie the knot

The New Reality: Coronavirus changes wedding plans for couples looking to tie the knot
This is the second in a series of stories looking at the new reality of life during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maritimes. You can find the full series here . 

The day a couple walks down the aisle is supposed to be one of the happiest days of their lives.

But those who work in the wedding business say that some couples’ nuptials are going to be overshadowed by COVID-19 .

“The pandemic has definitely sent us into a bit of a tailspin,” said Brenna Brady, who manages The Music Barn wedding venue in Sackville, N.B.

Brady said she typically hosts about two dozen weddings a year at the old rustic barn, many of which have been larger celebrations.

“When looking at our new normal, we just may have to rethink how we hold our weddings and how we celebrate together,” she said.

Brady is still unable to open her doors amid New Brunswick’s COVID-19 restrictions, and she said that some of her clients are considering rebooking their spring and summer weddings into next year.

Once New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health allows for gathering in groups of 50 or less in the province, Brady said she’ll open up her now-empty altar to her first couple.

And until a COVID-19 vaccine is created, Brady said weddings held at the barn will have to be more intimate gatherings to allow for physical distancing.

“We do have a large enough venue that with 50 or less, we do feel that it is possible,” said Brady.

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She says policing that number will be a struggle and she is trying to figure out how to pull it off and tape physical-distancing markers on the floor without putting a damper on the celebration.

“We don’t want anyone to be heartbroken over their special day but we are trying our best,” said Brady.
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