ABC News’ Linsey Davis reports:
They say it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but all those brides-to-be whose walk down the aisle has been interrupted by Sandy might disagree.
These brides are now facing their worst fears for their fairy tale day. Many are unable to bring family and friends together to take part in the nuptials, but they’re still finding ways to save their weddings.
Shelby Ebert, of New York City, can’t reach her florist or her hair stylist, and her wedding party’s attire is, until further notice, stuck at the tailor’s.
“Luckily my color was black, and we’ve asked bridesmaids if you have a black dress, throw it on,” Ebert told ABC News.
None of her careful planning could have prepared her for the most dreaded unexpected guest, Hurricane Sandy.
“We have guests that can’t fly in. We have 60 people that are supposed to stay at a hotel. The hotel has no power,” Ebert said.
Though the Manhattan couple has power in their apartment, they are completely in the dark when it comes to what will become of the wedding day they’ve been planning for more than a year.
“My fiancé does not have a wedding band because it is currently locked up at a jeweler without power, so we can always use an old-fashioned aluminum foil ring if we have to,” said Ebert.
Ebert’s plans were foiled, along with more than 4,000 East coast couples who’ve had their weekend weddings crashed by Sandy, according to statistics compiled by the wedding website TheKnot.com. So the TheKnot set up a Facebook page to help couples facing wedding chaos.
“We decided there’s going to be a lot of weddings canceled, so we needed to do something to really connect brides and vendors to one another,” Anja Winika, TheKnot.com’s site director, said.
Ebert was among those who posted a plea on the page, and right away the online community chimed in to help. Lakewood Country Club in Lakewood, N.J. said they are “available to help in any way.” Another woman posted a wedding dress she was happy to donate.
“The mood is less panicky, and more like, ‘Let’s get this done,’” Winika said.
Hurricane Sandy was devastating, but for any wedding disaster Winika suggests following these tips: Re-read all the contracts you have with your vendors, be honest and open with vendors about your situation and be flexible about changing the date.
But most importantly, Winika said, “Don’t panic. At the end of the day, you’re still getting married.”
Ebert is keeping is a positive outlook.
“I think at the end of the day it’s going to be a totally unconventional wedding,” Ebert said. “We’re going to have photos for the rest of our lives with people in sweatpants, but people are going to be smiling. As long as we can feed our guests and I have a fiancé to marry, it can’t be the end of the world.”