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Gov. DeWine asks couples to postpone wedding receptions

DeWine says he doesn’t want the potential for such a joyous event to possibly spread the coronavirus.

CLEVELAND — On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine delivered a major request to all engaged couples as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic and weddings.

“The last thing any of us want is for a funeral or wedding to be the cause of someone dying,” DeWine said.

The governor is asking all engaged couples to push back their wedding receptions.

“People plan weddings for a long, long time. And again we would just ask them to figure out a way to celebrate the wedding, but maybe postpone the big celebration,” he added.

Some good news? Holly Jackson with Cleveland based Walls of Love says the group is organizing local officiants to perform weddings with less than 10 people for free!

“We just feel really bad about people who have had issues with their venues being canceled and those kinds of things and we want to try to brighten their day and make things a little bit better,” says Jackson.

Abby Longshore with Todays Bride Magazine & Shows tells 3News some bad news is that it’s getting more difficult to obtain a marriage license.

“Currently, unfortunately Cuyahoga County is no longer giving marriage licenses out to couples, however Summit, Geauga, and others are,” says Longshore.

So if you have a marriage license and still want to hold your wedding during the pandemic, its recommended you bring in technology to help.

“If you’re able to keep your family and your friends safe by having small intimate ceremonies… now that you can, maybe video tape or live stream. Then having a big party later on down the line, you’ll benefit not only your guests, but you’ll have a great time knowing that you and your company are safe,” Longshore said.

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