The suffering of planning a wedding during a global pandemic

MADISON (WKOW) – Planning a wedding can be stressful even in the best of circumstances. But what if your wedding fails during a global pandemic?

Cortney Wesela and Sam Renstrom, who live in Madison, are slated to get married in Dane County this summer.

“It’s like an emotional roller coaster ride,” says Wesela, who has been trying to plan her wedding since she got engaged about a year and a half ago. “We thought we had all the time, and by that point we’re gone three months.”

Dane County’s current Emergency Order allows for private indoor venues such as wedding venues, each serving 25 people with food or drink.

“We can’t even have our wedding party … with 25 people,” says Wesela.

The constant change in statewide restrictions due to the rise and fall in COVID-19 cases still leaves couples’ wedding plans in the balance.

“We were making four different guest lists at this point,” says Renstrom. “The worst-case scenario [our wedding] a bunch of people would have gotten sick because they came to celebrate with us. “

On Thursday the 27th news at 10 a.m., Nick Buffo of Wake Up Wisconsin investigates the financial and emotional impact COVID-19 is having on the couple and the local wedding industry.