Wedding, special event planners suffer during coronavirus outbreak

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Michelle Garibay, middle, of Michelle Garibay Events works with her team while overseeing a wedding ceremony in summer 2019. Garibay and other wedding professionals are having to scramble to reschedule weddings and deal with lost revenue due to the coronavirus crisis. Valley News/Courtesy photo
In 2019, Visit Temecula Valley, the organization tasked with bringing tourists and visitors to the Temecula Valley, reported that in 2018 the Temecula Wine Country generated $1.1 billion in economic impact for the region. In addition to the more than 35 wineries in the area, a big draw for the valley is the wedding and special events industry. Not confined to Temecula Wine Country, any given weekend, from May through October, can see more than a dozen weddings and events happening at venues throughout the valley. While the wineries are certainly taking a significant hit in revenue and tourism is mostly nonexistent in wine country – the weddings and events industry has downright disappeared. Darren Diess of Strategic
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