For the last two years, Kashif Henderson and Alka Singh spent a lot of time, money, and effort planning their destination wedding, which was scheduled for this weekend, in the Dominican Republic.
But because of the coronavirus pandemic, they were forced to put those plans on hold.
“Our guests were not able to travel to the country, because starting March 19, the country's borders were closed for 15 days,” Singh said.
The couple says it was hard to deliver the news to their 50 plus friends and family that their wedding is on hold until next March, but Singh says they took it in stride.
“It's something I don't think any of us in our lifetimes have gone through before. The health and safety of our guests, their ability to get to our destination and get back easily was most important to us,” Singh said.
Henderson says their booking agency, Destination Weddings, and their resort, Breathless Punta Cana, helped all of their guests, even ones without travel insurance, reschedule their reservations.
And even though they are not able to hold hands on the beach and tie the knot this weekend, they still found a way to celebrate with their friends.
“We had a lot of our guests who were supposed to be at the wedding jump on a Zoom happy hour. Our cousin's a DJ, so he DJ’d that, and we all got to see each other. Some people put up a beach background and different things,” said Henderson.
He says if someone is going through a similar situation, they should make sure to stay in contact with their resort or booking agency and try to reschedule their trips.