Wedding woes continue for Cranston couple

A Cranston couple decided to not take any chances putting their loved ones at risk and decided to reschedule their wedding because of the coronavirus not once, but twice.

Alana Smith and Joseph Dolle were originally set to tie the knot on March 27.

Two weeks before their big day the couple spoke to ABC 6 about whether they were going to reschedule or not.

“It was the best thing to do for our family’s well-being and their health and stress off our shoulders so we decided to postpone until July 31,” the bride Alana Smith told ABC 6 on Friday. “It still saddens me and it breaks my heart.”

Dolle and Smith were confident that the wedding was going to happen by July and scrambled to get everything in order in just a matter of months.

“It was very stressful and especially during this pandemic when there’s so many other things to worry about,” Smith said.

However, after they rescheduled, social distancing guidelines began picking up, stay-at-home orders went into effect, more cases were emerging, and businesses closed their doors.

This week, the couple had yet another tough decision to make.

“We actually had a really hard conversation the other night and again for the wellbeing of our guests and the comfort for them wanting to attend we decided to postpone until next year,” she said.

On top of rescheduling their wedding twice, things got worse for Smith after she was furloughed from her job.

“Definitely me being furloughed has taken a toll especially with re-planning the wedding and just trying to figure out where I’m going to get the funds,” Smith said.

The couple was also set to fly out to Mexico on March 31 after the wedding, but were unable to and they had trouble getting their money back.

“Calling these companies, arguing with them to get my money back, trying to get my refund for my plane tickets, and trying to have mental clarity throughout these times.”

The last month should’ve been magical for the would-be newlyweds, but instead, it’s been overwhelming.

“You plan for a whole year this special day and it just gets ruined by something that you have no control over,” Smith said.

Although it’s been costly, Dolle and Smith both feel blessed during these crazy times.

“There are people in this world that are worse off than me right now,” Smith said. “I’m grateful and I’m thankful that my family is healthy and [my fiance’s] family is healthy.”

The couple is hoping to finally tie the knot on March 19, 2021.

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