I won’t bore you with the gory details of the events during hurricanes Irma and Maria. I want to share the life after hurricanes Irma and Maria and tell you where St. Thomas weddings come in to play. This blog will answer all your questions. I’ll be honest, but I’m also going to be optimistic, which isn’t what you’ll get from everyone.
First, let me say that what I’ve experienced in the past month has been a roller coaster of emotions; I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I’ve been depressed, quiet, loud, happy, sad and everything between. This has been a very hard month, and it’s not going to get any easier anytime soon. This island and its wonderful inhabitants will be working for years to come to restore the island back to where we once were. The rebuild has already started. Businesses are opening and flowers are blooming. We WILL be back to business sooner than you think!
Here are some questions about Life After Hurricanes Irma and Maria and Where St. Thomas Weddings stand:
What if my wedding is in October? I can’t speak for everyone, but I’M READY FOR YOU! And I have lots of amazing vendors who are standing by just waiting for that call. I know that some St. Thomas wedding vendors left island to return indefinitely. If I am not your wedding coordinator, do what you can to get in touch with them to see where your wedding stands. If you can’t get in touch with them, feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to reach out to my contacts. It’s a small island. : )
October also goes for November and December. A lot of St. Thomas Wedding vendors are planning to be back in full swing for the beginning of the year.
What if my original hotel, resort or villa is no longer available for accommodations? I’m happy to help displaced couples to relocate their accommodations AND their wedding if you need help. Please email me at Laysha@IrieMatrimony.com. There are plenty of accommodations available to you. And as each day passes, more become available.
What if my cruise isn’t sure the port will be open in time for my wedding? This one is tough. I have a wedding scheduled for October 16th. The port has not set a date to open, but the goal is October 15th. Our governor is not optimistic about that goal. I’m trying to remain positive about the quick-approaching date, but I also understand that it may not be possible. My best advice is to be proactive. See if they will let you book a different cruise for a different time. Talk to your coordinator about moving the wedding to a different date.
What can we do to help? The best thing you can do is to book your future trips to St. Thomas and the rest of the US Virgin Islands. We need your tourism now more than ever. Irma and Maria can’t take away the natural beauty of the island and they can’t take away the spirit of the people who live here. We’re ready for you!
Life after Hurricanes Irma and Maria has been difficult, but we will prevail. We have before and we will now.
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