Press Release 05.05.20
Safe Start Washington - 4 Phased Approach
Bellingham Wedding and Event Rentals anticipates opening in Phase 2
The Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order has been extended until May 31st, so we are currently closed. We will not be accepting any consultation appointments or new rental orders during this closure.
This past Friday, Governor Inslee rolled out Washington’s four phased approach to reopening business. Under this plan, we are part of Phase 2 with a reopening timeline of early June. We also understand this may be subject to change. Washington state is currently in Phase 1, which started Tuesday, May 5th.
Under this new phased approach, the gathering guideline has been identified as follows:
Phase 1: No gatherings
Phase 2: Allow gatherings of 5 people
Phase 3: Allow gatherings of 50 people
Phase 4: Allow gatherings of 50+ people
With approximately 3 weeks between phases
If you have a rental order booking with us anytime this year and need to make changes, including rescheduling or canceling:
We will reschedule your rental order for your new date – for later this year, 2021, or indefinitely. Just let us know your new date. Our calendar is wide open for May – September 2021.
If you don’t have a new date, we will cancel your current rental order, save your order and deposit information, and apply your deposit to your new date once you have confirmed – your new date can be for later this year, 2021, or indefinitely.
There are absolutely no penalties or fees to move your wedding or event date. We are 100% flexible with dates and have extended deposits indefinitely.
Please note that the City of Bellingham has signed an order canceling City-permitted events and facility reservations for the summer until August 30th.
Once we resume business, our 'new' normal will undergo some changes. Here’s what to expect when we are able to re-open our doors:
We will be sanitizing high-touch point areas and doubling-down on hygiene and cleaning efforts in our facility.
All staff members will be reminded to wash their hands frequently and/or use sanitizer to protect themselves and reduce the chance of transmission.
We have added sanitizer stations, disposable gloves, and face masks in our work areas for team members.
We will be limiting access in our front-office waiting area.
We are encouraging email, phone, text conversations instead of face-to-face. If consultation appointments need to be scheduled, we are limiting to 2 people and requesting to wear a mask, if possible. No drink or food permitted. If you feel ill, please stay home and we will re-schedule your appointment or setup a video-conferencing appointment.
All rental orders will need to be paid in full prior to in-store pickup.
In-store pickup and return will be contactless. Instructions will be provided during pickup.
Delivery staff will take steps to protect clients and themselves by using gloves, masks, sanitizers, and wipes especially when they have been in public places or touching high-touch point areas.
Staff will maintain social distancing in the warehouse as much as possible.
Rental equipment returning to our warehouse is always cleaned and sanitized before returning to stock. We will be increasing our cleaning procedures using hospital-grade Cavicide Disinfectant Cleaner. As always, our dishware, glassware, flatware, food service equipment and linens are processed and cleaned in commercial-grade equipment.
The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt by the community and we taking all necessary steps to protect the community and our staff. We look forward to being open again and assure you we will be taking necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment in our location and ask you to do the same when visiting us!
Lastly, we appreciate every single one of you. Thank you! And we want to be here to support you, through all of this, especially during wedding season. If you have any questions regarding your current rental booking, please do not hesitate to reach out. Stay healthy! And let's get through this TOGETHER.
Press Release 04.16.20
Bellingham Wedding and Event Rentals
encourages customers to join the ‘Reschedule, Don’t Cancel’ movement
amid the mass postponement of weddings
Spring is typically the beginning of peak wedding season in the Pacific Northwest. Countless couples have their invitations sent out, venues booked, wedding dresses ordered, vendors lined up, and timeline of events coordinated. Wedding season is certainly looking very different for many couples and vendors this year. Not only has this pandemic caused a major interruption in couples’ plans to celebrate a major life event, but a financial disruption to the wedding and event industry. Now, thousands of weddings across the nation are put on hold amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as couples are having to postpone their weddings for later this year or next.
“This is certainly a challenging time for everyone and a very difficult time for small business owners, such as ourselves” states Roma Mangat, Owner-Operator of Bellingham Wedding & Event Rentals. “We are experiencing this kind of turmoil for the very first time, just as you are, and there are many uncertainties what this wedding season will look like this year.” As most vendors are self-employed, businesses have little in the way of a safety net. Applying for the CARES Act isn't a guaranteed loan to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Trying to protect cashflow to some extent is extremely difficult when all weddings, events, festivals, and other gatherings are put on hold especially for seasonal service-providers who solely rely on the season to get through the remainder of the year. “Whatcom County is a beautiful place to live, our summer wedding season is condensed into a few short months from May to September. Most local couples want to take advantage of the warm weather with outdoor weddings. Our business usually thrives during this time and carries us the rest of the year. In this uncertain time with your continued support we can make it through. Before you cancel, please consider rescheduling instead.” With seasonal businesses, such as this party rental business, it puts a major financial strain as they navigate how to weather this unseen storm.
With nuptials now being postponed, Bellingham Wedding and Event Rentals is encouraging couples to reschedule, don't cancel. “Your rental order and deposit can be applied to your rescheduled date for later this year or next, with no additional fees or costs with changing dates”. The movement #RescheduleDontCancel is asking customers of many service-related businesses to help small business owners by rescheduling their service, rather than canceling altogether. Every one of us is dealing with financial hardships and the business will make arrangements on a case-by-case basis depending on your personal circumstances. If you are in a position to keep your rental order open, the business will honor deposits to any new rescheduled wedding date or as credit for any future events for later this year or in 2021. “While changes are inevitable, we hope weddings will still take place this summer with various modifications. We are flexible. We are here to work with you. We want to ensure your big day is special and memorable. We hope there will be a stronger desire for people to celebrate love once we get through this.”
If you currently have a rental order booked with Bellingham Wedding and Event Rentals this year and may need, or want, to change your date, contact them. Advance communication or 15-20 business days notice is requested to reschedule orders and check availability. Get in touch and provide your new date for either later this year or next year in 2021.
Front Entrance of Bellingham Wedding & Event Rentals. Located in Midway Business Center in the Irongate Industrial community.
Photo by Jessie Bloss Photography
Inside the showroom at Bellingham Wedding & Event Rentals. A variety of linen sample colors are available to view and create mockup tablescapes.
Photo by Jessie Bloss Photography
The showroom at Bellingham Wedding & Event Rentals allows couples to create a mockup of their reception table setting.
Photo by Jessie Bloss Photography