Cleveland couple left with out wedding ceremony venue attributable to COVID-19 pandemic

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CLEVELAND – Rashaunda Palmer and Larese Purnell are only 90 days away from their dream wedding.

“We had our people in our rooms,” said Palmer. “We just had to order the cake, pretty much just the little details.”

The problem? They still do not have a venue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses have faced financial pressures.

“I didn’t even know I was engaged,” Palmer said.

The old saying goes: “Something old. Something new. Something borrowed. A little blue. “

Planning the couple’s wedding in June 2021 comes with a fair share of the blues, starting with the original wedding venue closing due to the financial implications of COVID-19.

“We rolled by and we noticed it was closed,” said Purnell.

Purnell and Palmer said they spent more than $ 10,000 on an upfront payment.

“I fell in love with this place and it was,” said Palmer. “That’s the only place I wanted it to be and then it closed its doors.”

Professor Michael Goldberg, an economist at Case Western Reserve University, said couples should consider the difficulties businesses face before saying “I do” to a particular venue.

“Ask this venue to give them names of people who have worked with them before, maybe even during the pandemic when times were particularly challenging,” Goldberg said. “There is a danger that while things are getting better, many of these small business owners have really gotten on my nerves trying to keep themselves afloat during this time.”

With just three months to go to the couple’s dream wedding and two possible venues, they stay in a good mood.

“Rashaunda is excited. This is her big day. I mean, every young girl or woman dreams of this day, ”Purnell said. “A third, we just have to rent a block and do it on the street. Have a street party. “

While the planning process was no fairy tale, Purnell and Palmer understand the financial hardships businesses face and want others planning major events to understand the uncertainty and dangers of large upfront payments.

“We want everyone to be aware as we plan your wedding,” said Purnell. “It’s not what it was a year ago. A year and a half ago. “