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Wedding venues getting new clients despite the pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, many couples postponed their weddings, but weddings picked back up in June for the Annabella at Cedar Glen Wedding Venue.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The pandemic has caused schools to close and countless events to be cancelled, but one thing the virus can't seem to stop fully is weddings. Couples are still getting engaged, planning and having weddings.

Karen Archambault, the owner of Annabella at Cedar Glen Wedding Venue in Huntsville, says she's still giving tours and getting new clients.

"I'm having a lot of weddings booked next year. I even have people calling for this year too. I just did a tour. Somebody wants October this year, so I do have people still actually booking dates of this year," said Archambault. "They are doing more smaller events. I have not seen as many as our full capacity, but they are looking for smaller weddings."

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At the beginning of the pandemic, many couples postponed their weddings, but the number of couples who chose to go ahead with theirs at Annabella at Cedar Glen picked back up in June and hasn't slowed down. The venue just had a wedding this past weekend.

"The numbers aren't quite there of number of guests they were originally expecting, so it is a small group attending, but most brides now are saying I am getting married and whoever can come, can come, and they don't want to put it off to next year," said Archambault.

Along with smaller ceremonies, many couples are providing masks for guests to use.

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Under Alabama's current amended Safer at Home order, gatherings are allowed, but guests must practice social distancing. Venues are working with couples to make sure people can be spread apart.

"We aren't confined to inside, so we can spread tables out more," said Archambault. "We do less seating at each table inside, but we're blessed that we can certainly move things outside and have the guests sit more outside than inside."

Archambault says overall, most couples aren't too worried about the pandemic and are just ready to get married.

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