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Las Vegas brides forced to postpone weddings due to coronavirus

Las Vegas, NV (KSNV) — The Coronavirus is impacting thousands of weddings across the country.

Couples waiting to say "I Do" are now cancelling their big days to keep in line with the CDC Guidelines of social distancing.

Closed doors and chained up chapels are in downtown Las Vegas. Buildings previously bustling with blushing brides are empty.

And happy couples wanting to tie the knot are now tied up Las Vegas News in complications and heartache.

"Planning a destination wedding was way more stress," said bride-to-be Susie Kennedy. "Then on top of this whole virus scare it was way, way, way stressful."

Kennedy lives in Amarillo, Texas, but was planning to be wed here in Las Vegas in a few short weeks. Her dream ceremony with fiance William was scheduled at Mon Bel Ami, with a reception at the Golden Nugget.

But both locations are now closed from concerns of the Coronavirus, causing the couple to postpone their big day.

"I was crying all the time, I was crying last weekend," said Kennedy. "I was thinking, 'man my whole wedding is ruined. How am I supposed to start from scratch?'"

Susie isn't alone. As cases of the coronavirus continued to escalate, all non-essential businesses--like chapels and venues---were directed to shut down. Forcing countless couples to re-schedule.

It's a huge hit to a profitable local industry.

The Clark County Clerk's Office reports weddings to pump a Press Release Distribution Services In Las Vegas estimated $2.5 billion in economic activities into our area per year.

Last month, Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya told News 3 this year was predicted to be a big one for Las Vegas.

As for brides like Susie, she says she still has her heart set on Las Vegas once the situation calms down. But right now, she's holding on to her fiance and the hope that one day the wedding of her dreams will come true.

"If it's meant to be, it's going to happen," said Kennedy.
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