Some Oklahoma Wedding Venues Ready To Reopen, Others Want To Wait


Friday, May 15th 2020, 6:22 am
By: Caleb Califano


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Under phase 2 of the governor's reopening plan, weddings and funerals are allowed to resume with social distancing guidelines.

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For quite some time now, the Magnolia event venue in downtown Oklahoma City hasn't seen much company.

"Wedding's I would say are around 90 percent of our business," says owner Jennifer Ann Salyer.

For the first time since COVID-19 essentially shut weddings down, Magnolia will be open for business Friday. 

While many of Salyer's weddings are still pushed back, she has other events planned for the near future.

"We are very excited for them to be hosting their event at the Magnolia," she said.

For Rhonda Kieson, the owner of the Red Barn on Waldo's Pond, it's a different story.

"I'm not anxious about the whole thing, I am realist about the whole thing. It's airline tickets, it's caterers, it's all the vendors that come here," she said.

She says even though Friday she can technically reopen, there's too many variables and concerns, like travel from heavily affected states that could cause problems.

"I could have a lot of people here six feet apart, but that's not what we are doing," Kieson said.

To have a wedding, or to not, for now here in Oklahoma, its ultimately up to the venue to decide whether to open their doors.