Couple Finds Creative Solution on Wedding Guests

Packaging company donates cardboard cutouts for Michigan pair's nuptials
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2020 12:34 PM CDT
He Didn't Want Empty Church for Bride, Got Some 'Guests'
Dan Stuglik and Amy Simonson are photographed on Tuesday in Pokagon, Mich.   (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Cardboard cutout wedding guests will make for a not-so-cookie-cutter wedding as a Michigan couple prepares to tie the knot during the coronavirus pandemic. After Amy Simonson and Dan Stuglik's wedding plans were disrupted amid the outbreak, a packaging company donated more than 100 cardboard cutouts to pose as stand-ins for the family and friends who couldn't attend the wedding this Saturday because of Michigan's stay-at-home order. Menasha Packaging Co. in Coloma made cutouts to resemble guests tall and short, young and old, with long hair, short hair, and ponytails, per the AP. "[Stuglik] was just looking for a general person shape, but I was able to make a little bit more realistic audience for them," Ted Harris, customer service and design manager at Menasha, told the Herald-Palladium.

Stuglik, a Coloma Township police officer, said he'll forever be thankful to Menasha for helping him do something special for his fiancee, who noted: "If my uncle that I haven't seen in six years isn't there, that's fine, but my grandma isn't coming. ... My best friends won't be there." The paper notes that the only ones set to be in attendance besides the happy couple are their pastor, parents, two groomsmen, and two bridesmaids. "I wanted to do something [creative] so she wouldn't walk down the aisle to an empty church," Stuglik said. "That was a painful part, that her wedding was being stripped away from her, but Menasha helped bring a little back."

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