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Kate
Expert October 2020

Ugh. i received my furlough letter today.

Kate, on March 30, 2020 at 12:22 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 6
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I knew this day was coming amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but I didn't think I would be as angry as I am. I thought I would be happier to be eligible for Unemployment and have the opportunity to be home, safe. We weren't given a definite date of return and I am just so annoyed at my company for putting us through this(I work for a multi-million dollar Orthopaedic/Sports Medicine company with greedy, selfish executives.) My FH is a realtor and unfortunately, with our state's shut down laws, there's not a lot he's able to do from home. He has a few virtual settlements & tours coming up but it's not going to be nearly what he usually makes monthly. Also, let's be real- who the heck is buying a home without seeing it in person. I can't blame anyone, it's just putting a hurting on us bad.

Although we are still 8 months out from our wedding, it's sinking in that I have no idea how we are going to afford the remaining payments for our vendors. We still owe a lot of money Smiley cry We promised each other we weren't going to take out loans or max out credit cards but I can't think of any other way around it. At this point getting deposits back is not an option because we would loose more than we owe. I know our situation could be much, much worse. I feel for any brides in a similar situation and any brides that have to reschedule their entire wedding. I'm so blessed to have my FH, my family & friends, my health and the Wedding Wire Community!

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Latest activity by Laura, on March 30, 2020 at 9:46 PM
  • M
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I am so sorry to hear. this situation is tough and i know a lot of people are struggling. if you're looking for extra money, try some freelancing websites like upwork. and worse comes to worse there are still many grocers and stores hiring. it might not be ideal but just for some extra income in a time of need. best of luck to you.

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    Just an FYI if it is mandated that your company close by the state, local government your employer is required to pay you 80 hours from the new COVID-19 Act that Trump signed a few weeks ago. I know it could be different since you work in a clinic type setting (my FH does too for pain management). So they voluntary shut down for 3 weeks but because of it being voluntary they got away with not paying them; so my FH had to use his paid time off just so he would have a paycheck. But I would look into the act if the government in your area is forcing your company to close down.

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  • Fmv
    Super October 2020
    Fmv ·
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    Im so sorry to hear that. This virus is affecting so many people, its horrible. Im so sorry to hear this is impacting your wedding. If you are unable to afford the payments right now, would your vendors allow you to move your deposits to a future date? That way you will still have your wedding and wont lose your deposits
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  • Allie
    VIP November 2021
    Allie ·
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    I know how you feel, I went through this 2 Fridays ago and I felt devastated. I did have payments coming up, so I contacted my vendors and they were very understanding and told me to call them back within a month and we can discuss again. They understand that things are rough right now, so I would suggest calling or emailing your vendors and explain what happened to them. The stimulus package that just passed also offers help with unemployment, so once you get the unemployment you may receive some help there too, I know for me I’m actually getting more through unemployment than I would if I were working right now, I’m so I’m trying to see that as a silver lining. But start with contacting your vendors. At the very least, maybe one or two will be willing to push off the payments so if you do have to charge anything it may be a lesser amount.
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    I’m so sorry 😭 I was furloughed indefinitely as of a week ago, so I know how you feel with that.


    The “good” news is I’m pretty sure a new bill is adding $600 per week to the unemployment package (in addition to the 60% of your salary you’d normally get). I’m not sure if that’s federal or just in my state? But if it ends up actually working out like that, we actually won’t really be taking a financial hit at all. I hope it will work the same for you too!
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  • Laura
    Champion June 2010
    Laura ·
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    Hi Kate! My heart goes out to you during this crazy time of stress and uncertainty! Sending positive vibes your way in hopes that you won't be furloughed for long and can get back on track quickly! Smiley heart

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