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The coronavirus is crashing wedding plans for thousands of NJ brides

BY Raven Santana, Correspondent |

Meagan Miller was ready to walk down the aisle on Friday to marry the love of her life after spending about a year planning the big event.

Those plans changed when Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday ordered residents to stay at home and banned all gatherings, forcing Miller to postpone her wedding until the summer, at the earliest.

“I would say I am definitely aware a June 28 wedding is still too soon,” she said. “I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t hysterically crying about the whole thing at one point. I mean who can say ‘I was supposed to get married but a global pandemic postponed the entire event.'”

Wedding Day Coordinator and Founder of Details Made Simple, Carla Friday says Miller joins other brides in the state who are left emotionally and financially drained by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The average cost [for a wedding] in New Jersey is about $35,000 to $45,000 all in, so I can understand everybody’s stress,” Friday said.

She says while the future may look bleak, she is urging brides not to cancel their weddings and instead to take a closer look at any contracts they have with vendors.

“A lot of this is confusing and its unknown and your best interest is to postpone and not cancel so you don’t run into problems with the vendors’ contract, or availability, or additional costs incurred from trying to cancel,” she said.

From a business perspective, Friday says she and many of those same vendors are also feeling the financial hardships of canceling events.

Miller says she did find a silver lining in her whole ordeal…

“It’s not about the celebration, it’s about the union of two people that love each other,” she said.