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Brides say yes to the dress, even as pandemic disrupts wedding plans

By Katie Park, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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Other measures, she said, included collecting the names and email addresses of wedding guests in case vendors needed to perform contact tracing. As of late August, up to 25 people, including vendors, were allowed to be at an indoor social event in Philadelphia; 50 outdoors.

Despite safety precautions Norcross said she could put in place, 28 clients chose to reschedule, mostly for 2021.

"The entire industry is being as accommodating as possible," she said, "but a lot of deposits are nonrefundable for any reason. Even though we're in unprecedented times, a cancellation is a cancellation."

A few, she said, decided to forgo a big celebration and have an intimate gathering.

"A lot of people have been getting creative," she said. "Use the deposit in lieu of another event - a birthday party or anniversary - instead of a wedding."

A dramatic change in plans didn't mean a bride had to change the vision of how she wanted to look, said Ivy Solomon, owner of Lovely Bride Philadelphia.

"I think a wedding gown is such a special piece of the wedding," she said, "and girls still want to be able to wear a wedding gown and feel really special on their day. Venue doesn't matter as to what they wear."

Now three months out from her wedding, Maurizzio said she will soon have her dress after manufacturing and shipping delays caused by the pandemic.


And on the day of, her guests will go home with a coronavirus-era wedding favor: hand sanitizer.


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