Wedding venues deal with new order stopping liquor sales by 10 p.m. – WLWT Cincinnati

The pandemic has changed wedding planning in big ways, as many couples already postponed their ceremonies or cut down the guest list.Now, Ohio’s new order to stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. will impact events too.It’s yet another factor party venues have to consider.”I think with the virus everything has been a challenge because you’re trying to give the bride and groom the day they envisioned, but you’re also trying to make sure you’re meeting all the mandates,” Nidhi Bambino-Bedi with Delta Hotels by Marriot Cincinnati Sharonville said.Wearing masks, temperature checks and ramped-up cleaning measures have already been adopted by many venues.The new emergency order could cause some headache for both customers and event planners.”I know me as a vendor, I don’t like to call my client within two weeks with any kind of news and bother them because they have so much of their own festivities to go on,” Bambino-Bedi said.Gov. Mike DeWine signed the emergency order just yesterday. It applies to all businesses that have a liquor license.Kathy Piech-Lukas is the lead wedding planner at Your Dream Day.She said most drink packages are bought in advance, so there’s a chance customers could lose out on money if all paid-for beverages aren’t gone by 10.”So does it mean you stop serving it at 10 oclock? do you have to refund part of that bar package? that is where a lot of the gray area is right now it would help to have specific clarification,” Piech-Lukas said.Those at Delta Hotels fear a lot of Friday night weddings will get cancelled because of the order.”Because when clients are putting it together, it’s because obviously they’re waiting for people to get off work, and then typically they go to a church, they don’t get to our venue until about 7:00 or 7:30,” Bambino-Bedi said.Since the pandemic started, the venue has already had 90 percent of its parties moved to next year.

The pandemic has changed wedding planning in big ways, as many couples already postponed their ceremonies or cut down the guest list.

Now, Ohio’s new order to stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. will impact events too.

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It’s yet another factor party venues have to consider.

“I think with the virus everything has been a challenge because you’re trying to give the bride and groom the day they envisioned, but you’re also trying to make sure you’re meeting all the mandates,” Nidhi Bambino-Bedi with Delta Hotels by Marriot Cincinnati Sharonville said.

Wearing masks, temperature checks and ramped-up cleaning measures have already been adopted by many venues.

The new emergency order could cause some headache for both customers and event planners.

“I know me as a vendor, I don’t like to call my client within two weeks with any kind of news and bother them because they have so much of their own festivities to go on,” Bambino-Bedi said.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the emergency order just yesterday. It applies to all businesses that have a liquor license.

Kathy Piech-Lukas is the lead wedding planner at Your Dream Day.

She said most drink packages are bought in advance, so there’s a chance customers could lose out on money if all paid-for beverages aren’t gone by 10.

“So does it mean you stop serving it at 10 oclock? do you have to refund part of that bar package? that is where a lot of the gray area is right now it would help to have specific clarification,” Piech-Lukas said.

Those at Delta Hotels fear a lot of Friday night weddings will get cancelled because of the order.

“Because when clients are putting it together, it’s because obviously they’re waiting for people to get off work, and then typically they go to a church, they don’t get to our venue until about 7:00 or 7:30,” Bambino-Bedi said.

Since the pandemic started, the venue has already had 90 percent of its parties moved to next year.