Brides Postpone Weddings Due to Furlough | News
From the security shutdown to the partial government shutdown, the furlough ripples into many areas of life. One Macon business owner says even the happiest day in a couple's lives isn't immune from furlough fears.
Donie Stewart owns Alexander Ballroom and Catered Events in Macon. She says three brides affected by the furlough have cancelled their October and November weddings.
About a third of her business is with Base employees, and with expenses like the venue, dress, and cake, Stewart understands the brides' tough decision.
"If I were in that position, I'd do the same thing," said Stewart.
Stewart has already spent $2,000 on decorations and food for one of the canceled weddings. "Maybe we can use it on another event. And sometimes if we can't we'll, you know, we have bridal shows coming up that we can use it on, so hopefully we can recoup," added Stewart.
Some of the brides plan to reschedule their wedding in a couple of months or next year.
Robins has more than 20,000 civilian and military employees and the Base estimates their total economic impact on the region at nearly $3 billion.