Proms and wedding put on hold because of pandemic


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s every girls dream to go shopping for their prom gowns and wedding dresses, but this year, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, affecting the bridal business.

Events were put on hold since March and that pause forced Andrews Bridal Shoppe to adjust. Since they are an event driven business, owner Mary Andrews said it was hard for them in the beginning of the pandemic.

“When the virus really hit us hard most of the events were either cancelled or postponed, and it did affect our business,” she said.

As they got further into the spring, weddings became smaller and events continuously cancelled.

Andrews said they were still maintaining business just at a different pace.

Her biggest support team during this time has been her employees.

“My employees are absolutely incredible people,” Andrews said. “Loyal and dedicated and they love their brides, and they love their prom girls, and we just all as a group all felt so bad for the kids and the prom kids and how they were affected.”

In an effort to help small businesses like Andrews’, the chamber of commerce has joined forces with the state to fund those businesses.

Mayor Mark Saliba said he is thrilled to be a part of the support.

“I think the next six months could be really important and even more so gonna need our support and encouragement and to know that both the Chamber and the City of Dothan, Houston County are behind them,” said Saliba.

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