For Buffalo couples, Western New York nearing Phase Four meant their wedding day could feel a little more normal. WKBW-TV reports after guidelines were released earlier this week, Sydney Hohl and Tony Mastrangelo were not only disappointed but confused why wedding venues were not included.

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“When things change on a daily basis, it makes it really hard to plan the biggest day of your life,” Mastrangelo said. Hohl added: “And they’re not changing for the better.”

It’s five weeks until the couple walks down the aisle on August 1st.

“This is going to be the best day of our lives and coronavirus is not going to stop our wedding,” Mastrangelo said.

They said the weeks leading up to their wedding have been nothing short of a nightmare. From travel restrictions to capacity issues, there is a new problem seemingly every day.

The couple agreed, they do not understand how establishments like bars and restaurants can reopen at half capacity, but not wedding venues. They continue to turn to local and state leaders for answers.

“I think the frustrating part is we have five weeks but who knows what’s going to happen in that five weeks, but we can’t wait until the week before to say okay here’s our new plan,” Hohl said.


According to reopening guidelines, Phase Four allows non-essential gatherings to grow from 25 to 50 people. The Governor’s Office said it’s working on “additional guidance” for events like weddings.


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