ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — With all the planning and spending, having to cancel a wedding last minute can be heart-breaking for couples. That’s exactly what’s happening for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weekends at the Barn at McCall Springs in Lawrenceburg would typically be filled with wedding parties and guests this time of the year. However, the novel coronavirus outbreak has made it so the reception hall will be empty for the next couple of months.
“It’s been stressful for everyone,” said owner Melissa Hanks. “I’m calling and telling the brides that they have to reschedule.”
Hanks says she’s had to move ten weddings scheduled through early May. At first, she wasn’t sure how to help the couples since her venue is booked through the year. Then she looked to other couples for help.
"We offer a weekend package, which is Thursday, Friday and Saturday," Hanks explained. "We just took it upon ourselves to ask the brides that were August through December, ‘Hey, is anybody willing to help?’ So, we’ve had some brides that have stepped up and have offered to give a day of their scheduling."
Samantha English and her fiancé Weston’s original wedding date was April 25, but thanks to a generous couple, it looks like they’ll get married in August. She said they plan to have a small ceremony with family in a couple of months and have the larger reception on the rescheduled date.
”We’re still going to be getting married and we’re still going to be a married couple in a few months and that’s all that really matters,” said English. “I think it’s just a true sign of how amazing people have been through this whole process.”
As for wedding dates past early May, Hanks says she’s waiting to see what happens. She says she’ll offer the same solution if more couples have to reschedule.