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WNY wedding planner takes matters into own hands to get answers

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 04:18:48-04

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — We've heard it far too often.

Engaged couples are without answers as they try and plan what should be the happiest day of their lives. It's been equally hard on wedding planners with so little guidance.

"No one expected anything like this to ever happen," Syrie Roman, owner of Social Maven in Buffalo said. "So it's not like there's a book written on how and what to do."

So Roman took matters into her own hands. She reached out to the Erie County Executive's office, the Health Department, and the State Liquor Authority.

After follow-ups and clarification, she got some answers.

"I felt empowered and I felt ready to be able to tell my clients, share it with the world," she said. "I posted it for everybody that doesn't have that information."

Here's the guidelines Roman received and then later posted to her business Facebook page:

Kara Kane, the Public Information Officer for Erie County Health, acknowledged how hard it's been for those planning a wedding but also reiterated safety, saying in an e-mail, "The last thing we want our contact tracing team to have to do is call everyone on a wedding invite list to inform them that they have been exposed to COVID-19, and they are now in quarantine."

Roman says it's more important than ever for everyone to work together and follow the rules, but when it comes to communication, more needs to be done.

She said, "If we had more support from Government entities and more of an official guideline that we can give our clients and say here's what we need to do and here's the stamp of the state that says it. That's the wishful thinking."