In early June of 2020, more than 30 members of the Maine Wedding community answered a call to come together and show solidarity for their beloved industry in the months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, by launching the #postonedontcancel campaign. There is no indication of when Maine might be back open for business or any sense of normalcy, which is why they continue to encourage their clients to postpone (not cancel) their 2020 events and to look forward to busy and productive 2021 and 2022 wedding seasons.
Several businesses who are participating in this project were asked to write down a thought or share a feeling regarding this campaign. A few of these quotes are below:
“We will get through this together because we are EVENT STRONG!” – Leigh Doran, Nadra Photography
“My wish is that we use this time to love each other well and protect each other.” Amber Small, Sweetest Thing Weddings
“One day soon, we’ll look back on a time that tested us and scared us but made us stronger. We’ll come out of this with a new perspective, be better for it, and raise the bar higher than ever before!” David Bates, David Bates Photography
The #postponedontcancel campaign was shared around the US and internationally, and featured byVisit Portland, the Portland Press Herald, NACE National, Leading Caterers of America, the International Caterer’s Association, All Seated, Total Party Planner, among many others. As a direct result of this campaign, a group of Maine wedding professionals banded together in the fall of 2020. It rallied enough support to hire a lobbyist to work on behalf of the Maine Wedding Industry.