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"Your Health is Your Wealth "
I was off last week on annual leave and spent some time in Donegal with my family. I was meant to stay there longer but my trip was cut short when an announcement was made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar putting a stop to big functions larger than 100 people. When he made this announcement I was at home in the sitting room in front of a roaring open fire. I couldn't believe what this virus was doing to our country. My heart immediately broke for all my couples. All the Weddings that they have been planning their lives around for so many months. I hopped in the car 40 mins later and headed on the N17 back to Clare.
Today, I went back to the Hotel where I work. In Seven Days there has been so many changes and regulations since the last time I step foot into the hotel. Yesterday the hotel shut its doors to the public. Today, it is a dark, empty hotel. No guests in the corridors or bars, no hustle and bustle in the kitchen, just 3 other team members and I are in the Hotel today. We made the decision to contact all our couples for March today and advise them to move their weddings. But what do you say to these couples ? How do you tell them this? After my first call, I burst into tears. And for me this was only the beginning. I think it all hit me today, how hard this was gonna be and how this would affect so many people. To think 2 months ago we were laughing about Hand Sanitizer in the Canteen and now its come to the Hotel closing and us postponing so many of our couples special days.
I am an emotional wreck today. I cannot stop crying and I don't know if its because the hotel is so empty, because I miss my team mates that work with me or if it's talking to so many amazing couples that is bringing so much sadness to me today. I am trying to be strong and positive for the couples but inside my heart is breaking for them. I know sometimes I get too attached to my job but really my role is more than a job. Being a Wedding Co Ordinator, you don't just plan weddings. You are a person that will do anything to make two people's dream day become a reality. You are a listener, you are a source of information, you are a leader, you are a facilitator, you are a time keeper, you are a planner, and you are a friend to this couple. And its days like today I find difficult. I postponed 6 weddings today but all couples are happy and that is the positive thing from today. Every couple will still have their wedding day. The Wedding is not cancelled, they get to enjoy the engagement for that little while longer !! For the Health and Safety of all involved its the right thing to do and as the saying goes "Your Health is Your Wealth" and I am a true believer of that. Tomorrow will be a better day, I hope ....
Loved reading your blog Grainne, especially your first admission, so raw and heartfelt !! You can actually read the passion that you have for your weddings and your couples. Cannot wait to read more !!
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Grainne Mc Gibney
After 7 years of Wedding Planning its time to start writing down some ideas and stories from it and sharing some thoughts with you all.