The list of those affected by the federal government's shutdown continues to grow and now includes couples who thought they were just a few weeks away from saying, "I do." According to an article published by USA Today on September 30, the shutdown could mean that couples who are scheduled to be married in October at the Lincoln Memorial, George Mason Memorial, or the D.C. War Memorial may have to scramble to make other arrangements or even postpone their nuptials.
Not only will the memorials themselves be closed, but the amenities needed to accommodate wedding guests will not be available. There will be no trash pickup, bathrooms will be closed, and several pathways will be blocked.
The couples who may be affected were notified via email on Monday that if the government does not manage to work out their differences and come to a solution, their weddings will not be able to take place as planned. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that finding a venue at the last minute is next to impossible, so couples may have to postpone their nuptials if they cannot find another suitable place for their ceremonies.
If nothing else, perhaps these couples can learn a valuable lesson from Congress and the President, which they can then apply in their married lives, whenever they are able to begin them: In an argument, you will never get anywhere if both parties just point the accusing finger at each other and say, "You are being too stubborn," while simultaneously refusing to budge on their own position.