As you have likely heard, the government shutdown is affecting hundreds of thousands of government employees and their families across the nation, but the effects are causing notable and unforeseen consequences. Many engaged couples are finding that their wedding venues are unexpectedly closed for an unknown period of time, due to the shutdown.
National sites including federally-run parks, museums and monuments have been gaining popularity as wedding locations. Those who have spent months planning their special day at such a venue are now scrambling at the last minute to reschedule ceremonies, receptions, photography and more – with few alternatives. These couples are in danger of losing time and money spent obtaining permits and reserving sites as a result of the impasse in Congress.
In the DC area alone, many couples who were planning to getting married in October at various locations throughout the nation’s capital, now must make other plans. The government shutdown is putting even more strain on engaged couples in DC by shutting down the district’s Family Court Marriage Bureau which will not be performing marriages. With WeddingWire headquartered in the DC Metro area, the team is focused on assisting our local couples who are facing this hardship, during what should be a very exciting time.
WeddingWire Pros – we encourage you to take this opportunity to help engaged couples in need around you. Here’s what some local DC pros had to say about the shutdown:
“One of the many unpleasant side effects of the recent government shutdown is the impact it is having on DC brides. For couples who have been planning their special day for months to suddenly find out that their venue is unavailable because it is a government facility can be devastating. Fortunately, WeddingWire is a great resource for brides to turn to in order to find a new venue with a minimum of time lost. As a private venue in the greater Northern VA area, with proximity to DC, Rosemont would be honored to host these special events and to assist couples in any way to make the transition as smooth as possible.”
– Suzanne Pearson, Historic Rosemont Manor
“For brides/grooms affected by the Federal government shutdown, one of the best resources to help you find a new venue fast is WeddingWire.com. You can not only search venues easily by various search criteria (such as geographic area, type of venue, capacity of the venue) but you can also see photos and videos and contact the venue directly through the venue’s listing on WeddingWire. The extensive reviews from real brides/grooms help you to get a good picture of each venue to narrow your search. Any venue listed on WeddingWire would be happy to help brides/grooms affected by the government shutdown to find a new location for your wedding either at their venue or by referral to other venues in their area. And we can help brides/grooms organize their wedding quickly if they have had to move their wedding last minute.”
– Ellen Goldberg, Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn
If you’re planning a wedding affected by the shutdown and searching for last-minute help, please check out the resources WeddingWire has to offer and feel free to start a conversation in our forums. With a database of more than 200,000 wedding professionals, you can find the most comprehensive listings for your wedding needs.