Even though Nebraska has taken steps to reopen the economy in the wake of this pandemic, many businesses are still struggling right now — especially in the wedding industry.
Wedding businesses took a MAJOR HIT in 2020 when the state mandated crowd size restrictions. This forced many vendors to start reevaluating things and many of them are deciding to close permanently because of all of their cancellations.
It's worth noting that, as of July 29th, I have been approached by three companies since March 2020 asking if I'd like to buy any of their DJ or Photo Booth equipment because they're going out of business. One of which had backed out unexpectedly of the wedding that I'll be DJing at this coming weekend.
I don't think we've fully seen the negative fallout from this pandemic yet and we could be seeing even more vendors closing in the next 18 months.
I recently spoke with a Lincoln couple that had to reschedule their April reception because of the pandemic and previously paid for all of their wedding expenses prior to the shut down.
"We still had our ceremony but decided to postpone everything else until September 12th," the bride said, "Then a few weeks later, I heard from a friend that our venue wouldn't be re-opening after the shut down."
The couple asked for a refund and the owner informed them that because they signed a new contract, the earliest they'd be obligated to receive any kind of money back would be in September.
Meanwhile, there's been murmurs that a second shutdown might be coming very soon.
Regardless if there's a second shutdown or not, I want to caution you that I don't think we've fully seen the negative fallout from this pandemic yet and we could be seeing even more vendors closing in the next 18 months.
I highly recommend checking in with each of your vendors on a more frequent basis than you would have normally if there was no health crisis going on. This will help you spot any warning signs ahead of time that could prevent you from scrambling for a last second replacement.
It could be as simple as monitoring their social media activity, too.
But, trust me, the last thing that you want is to be stuck with an amateur on what was supposed to be the best night of your life.
I hope this helps... Good luck!