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COVID-19 policies becoming the wedding contract norm

Posted at 10:08 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 23:29:37-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Wedding and event planning in the Covid-19 era has taken a lot of patience and understanding.

"Really managing your expectations will allow you to have a more seamless process," Daulton Van Kuren, owner of event and wedding planning firm the Refined Host, said.

According to Van Kuren, now more than ever it's important for engaged couples to do their research on a venue and on vendors, particularly with the contracts they sign.

"There is an actual clause outlining COVID-19 so that couples are very clear before they sign on that dotted line how each company will handle further cancellations or postponements," Van Kuren said.

Van Kuren said that this is becoming the industry norm, and if a certain business does not have it, couples should ask for it.

"Very, very important those are outlined in a contract right from the start."

Van Kuren also says that this pandemic has shown just how important prioritizing things is. Often times it is difficult to lineup the venue and vendors perfectly when rescheduling a wedding, especially with the next year already booked at many locations.

"Options are limited," Van Kuren said, "vendor options are limited so most are already booked through 2021."

For more information on Van Kuren and The Refined Host, visit her website here, or contact her at