‘It’s out of our hands.’ Coronavirus puts couples’ wedding on hold.
Social distancing matters. Here is how to do it and how it can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAY FREMONT – Flowers were ordered, decorations were ready, and Becca Trautwein and fiance Jake Held were all ready to tie the knot May 9. But their nuptials are on an indefinite hold, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic that has forced many closures following orders by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to shutter businesses and ban large group gatherings. "We’ve been planning for a year," Trautwein said. "Everything came to a screeching halt. It’s a bummer." With just weeks to go, Trautwein said everything was paid for, tuxedos and dresses were fitted, and she and Held were ready to celebrate with 250 friends and family. Becca Trautwein was supposed to marry Jake Held on May 9, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two had to cancel plans. (Photo: Submitted) Though she was heartbroken over the uncertainty of when her wedding can be held, Trautwein said her maid of honor, Brooke Cook, may have taken the cancellation the hardest. "She called me crying, because she’s been doing all this stuff to help me out and just feels horrible, because she’s been my best friend for 19 years," Trautwein said. In addition to wedding festivities, Trautwein said a combined bachelor and bachelorette party set for April in Cleveland was postponed. But Trautwein said she is looking at the big picture when it comes to her wedding, and understands there are more important things going on in the world. "We have the rest of our lives to be married," Trautwein said. "What’s waiting possibly another year?" The postponement of weddings, parties and celebrations will now put strains on many of the small businesses such as limo services, bakeries, photographers, florists and planners […]