A print campaign launches to save the pa wedding industry as some COVID restrictions are eased

Jeff Cole reports on the Pennsylvania wedding industry’s efforts to pressure Governor Tom Wolf to ease capacity restrictions in wedding venues

It is time to save love. More precisely, Save PA Love.

Countless weddings have been downsized, postponed or immediately canceled due to the pandemic. Many of these future spouses and businesses want to make up for what they missed out on. Therefore, they are calling on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expand capacity at wedding venues.

Steve Orlando and Allie Ranck were high school darlings who went to prom together from Springfield High in Delaware County. Now, 28, they were planning a wedding in July 2020.

“We were very excited for last summer. When the date came and it went and we sat in our apartment and did nothing, it was a little disappointing,” Orlando explained.

They have rebooked at a Philadelphia venue for July this year and are trimming their guest list in hopes the restrictions will be lifted.

“It’s difficult to turn someone off. It’s our special day. We want all of the people we love to be there,” added Orlando.

It is this difficulty in planning and Pennsylvania’s 15 percent capacity for indoor wedding venues that is pushing the hospitality industry to #savepalove.

It’s a pressure campaign to go from 15 to 50 percent.

“What’s wrong with 15 percent?” Jeff Cole from FOX 29 asked.

“15 percent is way below what we can because we’ve implemented all of the protocols left by Dr. Levine,” said Domenick Savino The Drexelbrookanswered.

At Drexelbrook, in a room with a capacity of 1,200 people, there is plenty of space when the capacity is limited to 180 people.

Savino and others want an immediate jump to 50 percent in Pennsylvania, trying to urge Governor Wolf to come up with a full capacity roadmap so they can book weddings.

“If the vaccination rate increases and the hospitalization rate decreases, the measurement data will be better. We should be given more opportunities to get back into business on our own,” said Savino.

The industry wants its supporters to tweet and email the governor. They claim weddings in Pennsylvania is a $ 2.1 billion business that ranks second only to agriculture.

The industry says it sure can save while Steve and Allie just want their special day.

“We’re looking forward to this summer and hope we’re at 50 percent and have the wedding we want,” noted Orlando.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Wedding Industry Revitalization Campaign, please visit Click here.

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