Wedding-bound couples stress with delta variant on the rise

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DENVER (KDVR) — Weddings all over the country were postponed or cancelled during the pandemic in 2020. Many of those weddings were rescheduled to sometime this year.  

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment dropped all indoor capacity restrictions in the state back in the end of May, which gave brides and grooms hope for the rest of the year. But now with a rise in the COVID delta variant cases in Colorado and across the country, the fear of cancellations and postponing large events is back. 

According to CDPHE’s website, since the first week of June, the delta variant is the main concern when it comes to COVID cases in Colorado. 

FOX31 and Channel 2 talked to a handful of Colorado brides who have already postponed their weddings once during the pandemic and are now worried about having to postpone again.

“I cant see us canceling it right now but it makes me weary and our guest count will be lower than we intended,” Angela Vosatka said. 

Vosatka said that she has postponed her wedding reception four times and now it’s 25 days away and she’s nervous it’ll be cancelled again. 

“We pushed our wedding from January to this October in the hopes we can have the big wedding we want! We’ve toyed with our numbers and added more people to our guest list but super worried we are going to have to cut our list and/or reschedule again,” Sarah Jasso, a soon-to-be bride said. 

Jasso said she and her fiance Tyler got engaged in 2019. They originally planned their wedding for January of 2021. She said once it got closer to the date, due to capacity constraints, they pushed it back to October of this year. 
“Literally everyone is RSVPing yes to our wedding. Which is cool but now were expecting around 200 people,” Jasso said.   

Brittney Griffin, the wedding venue director at Blanc in the RiNo neighborhood said with COVID delta variant cases on the rise, couples main concern is numbers. 

“Invitations have gone out, accommodations have been made, reservations have been made, vendors have been booked and bills have been paid. The concern is what it looks like moving forward in all those directions,” Griffin said. 

During a typical wedding season in Colorado, which is May to October, Griffin said they usually have 80 weddings. In 2020 she said out of the 80 weddings booked they ended up postponing 70 of them into the next year. 

“Sadly we have been through this at our venue, we have all the procedures in place,” Griffin said. 

Griffin said their venue follows all guidance from the City of Denver and the state. She said they work to keep clients educated on what is happening and what that means for their weddings.  

“We’re taking it day by day,” Griffin said. 

Right now, in the state of Colorado there are no capacity restrictions.      

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