We asked local vendors and venues to share their plans for helping engaged couples through the pandemic. See below for our roundup. (And be sure to check back regularly for updates!)
Mel Colvin of Mel Colvin Photography is offering 20% off any wedding collection for those that have not booked their 2020 or 2021 wedding until this is all over. She is also offering reduced pricing on albums for past clients and offering current 2020/2021 brides the option to add an album at that the discounted price.
Pranzi Catering, a full service catering & event rental company, is happy to assist any couples who may not be able to have their event at their venue and/or who might be looking into an alternative wedding venue or hosting a tented event at a private home. They have plenty of dates still available for 2020, and have all the tents, event rentals, food, beverage, and coordination & planning all in one place. Pranzi is also in contact with a few new wedding venues who have plenty of dates available for 2020, including some Saturdays. Couples are encouraged to call a wedding sales manager to get some preliminary information about their wedding, and they can make some suggestions on other venues that are available. Any of Pranzi’s existing / booked couples who had to move or postpone their wedding date, will not be denied the new wedding date. They are happy to accommodate any new dates whether that be 2020 or 2021.
Lisa DiBenedetto, owner of Nightingale Events, a New England-based wedding planning company, is offering the following:
1. Free phone consultation to talk about how we can help postpone your wedding.
2. Hourly pricing to work with your venue and vendors to secure a new date and update contracts.
3. Discounts on our wedding management package, also known as Month Of Coordination.
4. Vendor recommendations for couples whose vendors aren’t available.
Elizabeth Lutz of Glass Event Planning has temporarily reopened to help anyone in the events industry who needs support — vendors, venues, brides, anyone. She says she is an open book and her services are complimentary. You can also reach out to her on instagram at @glasseventboutique.
For anyone who is still planning on heading to a church to get married, but postpone their wedding reception and celebrations to a later date, Rockstar Limo is happy to take them at extremely discounted rates as outlined here.
The transportation company also has a new service available for those who need a break from the couch, need a date night, or want to celebrate something you had to cancel or postpone: They will take you to takeout.
Kirkbrae Country Club is working with Kirkbrae couples who have had to postpone their wedding date and are doing the work for them to help find a new date that matches with their vendors, or even finding new vendors if needed. Kirkbrae is also offering specials to people who need a new venue for their wedding.
Allyson Dupont Designs is currently offering free rush processing on “Change the Dates” for couples who have had to postpone their wedding as well as a variety of formats including some very low-cost postcard and digital options for couples who need to be mindful of money at this time. They are also ready to step in for couples having difficulty finding stationers that are open for business. Allyson Dupont Designs is exempt from the business shutdown and able to continue to process most orders as usual, with the exception of a strict contact-free policy; all consultations are conducted via phone and face-time and they offer contactless pickup or free local delivery of finished products. Because they use industrial rather than retail suppliers for many of our materials, they are currently able to source most of their selection of envelopes and paper, so much of their usual product and service offering remains.
Newport Tent and Peak event Services have teamed up to #FilltheFall, or in other words, they’ve formed a collaborative campaign connecting vendor partners to help combat potential venue over-bookings or worse, event cancellations. Learn more about the initiative here.
P.S. If you know of any additional Covid 19-related resources, discounts, services, etc. being offered by local wedding businesses, please share them with our editor, Kait, at firstname.lastname@example.org!