Working Together During Social Distancing – The New York Times

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“We did a pivot to virtual and contact-free weddings,” she said. “So many of our colleagues were willing to pivot with us. And now things are starting to change.”

Since the end of April, Modern Rebel has been coordinating weddings for couples who are choosing to marry virtually or in scaled-down gatherings. Clients — more than a dozen so far — are sent a menu of virtual add-ons to the base price of $399 that includes invitations, a Zoom rehearsal and a day-of timeline, and a silent stage manager in the chat box to cue readings by virtual guests. These add-ons range from two-hour virtual dance parties hosted by popular Brooklyn wedding D.J.’s to custom poems by Ars Poetica emailed to guests as favors, or catered post-vows dinners for two from partners like the Pixie and the Scout, a Brooklyn-based caterer, delivered contact free.

Vendors in other cities are joining forces to salvage a wedding-season fourth quarter that may have seemed beyond saving, too.

In Philadelphia, for example, “we’re relying on each other much more for business advice, like what should we be telling our clients or how should we be updating our policies,” said Caitlin Maloney Kuchemba, the owner of the Clover Event Company, a boutique wedding planning business in Norristown, Pa.

This camaraderie has been especially helpful for handling clients looking to celebrate twice — once on their original wedding date, and again in a bigger way in 2021, when many expect social-distancing regulations are expected to be lifted. “People want to know,” Ms. Kuchemba said, “Do we consider a smaller celebration part of the original event? Or is it a whole new event that requires new contracts?”

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