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#Love is Not Canceled

These extraordinary times call for extraordinary couples. With COVID-19 impacting everyone’s day-to-day lives, long planned wedding celebrations have also been put on hold this spring and early summer. Our Facility and Events team here at The Parklands has taken on some hard conversations with brides and grooms about postponing and sometimes cancelling weddings.

“Despite all of it, our couples have been just amazing,” says Events Coordinator Alyssa Rosen.

Looking ahead to new, alternate dates and embracing creative wedding ideas still make it possible for future brides and grooms to share these very important moments. As always, our staff is excited to be a part of it!

With capacity limits and safety precautions in place, new trends are emerging. For the remainder of 2020, The Parklands is now offering Micro weddings where couples can opt to include 10-50 people in an intimate ceremony for close family and friends. Brides and grooms interested in these special gatherings can choose from three locations: Gheens Foundation Lodge in Beckley Creek Park, Hockensmith Barn in Turkey Run Park and, our newest offering, the Oak Picnic Grove in Beckley Creek Park.

      

The Oak Picnic Grove, a lovely picnic spot in the heart of Beckley Creek Park, is now available for Micro weddings. 

In addition to providing adequate space for guests, this personalized event helps keep costs down while still giving couples that exceptional park ceremony experience in the months ahead. Weekday weddings are also an alternative couples are choosing. For those having to postpone their date, weekend dates are scarce, and it may be easier to find an opening during the week. Caterers and other vendors may more readily have those weekdays available, too. Weekday weddings are also a great idea for couples looking for a multiday celebration. Hosting the ceremony on a weekday gives lots of possibilities for continuing nuptial festivities all weekend long. Smaller scale weddings are also starting to include a virtual element for guests unable to attend.

These paired down packages show the creative ways The Parklands continues to be committed to providing a world-class experience for our brides, grooms and event planners. We are proud to be part of the Louisville wedding and hospitality community and look forward to working with our partners and customers to create events to remember. Contact our team today to talk through options for your special day.

Parklands Facilities & Events Team – 502-815-0277 or events@21cparks.org.

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Toni Woodard

Toni Woodard came to work at The Parklands in February 2014 after relocating from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She's worked in a variety of capacities, including park attendant, event concierge and event coordinator. In the spring of 2017, Woodard was promoted to Director of Facilities and Hospitality. Years of customer relations experience and her ability to connect well with others make her a perfect leader for The Parklands Facilities team. She spent the bulk of her career as a small business owner in hospitality services, retail and eco lodging. Woodard sat on local community committees in Colorado & headed up parks preservation, tourism and recycling efforts. She is an enthusiastic outdoorswoman, traveler & motorcyclist. Contact me about: hosting an event in The Parklands at any of our event facilities.

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