SUDBURY – As restrictions in Ontario continue to ease, engaged couples are starting to plan their big day. In Sudbury, people in the industry say their phones keep ringing.
The pandemic has cast a wrench in many wedding plans across the country over the past year and a half, but things are finally starting to improve.
Pop-up wedding planners in Sudbury have said that over the past two weeks they have received a lot of calls from people planning a small wedding instead of waiting longer for COVID-19 restrictions to be completely lifted.
“Three or four weeks ago we started promoting our pop-up wedding events – which start in August – and we’re about 80% full,” said Robert Provencher, Founder of Pink Door Weddings.
“Everything slowed down and stopped for a while. However, good timing I guess from us as pop-up weddings are well suited given the circumstances and restrictions under which we are currently working. It really seems to meet the demands.
It has now been three weeks since Priceless Bridals opened its doors to the public. Staff said they had to change their working hours just to accommodate brides trying to schedule dates.
“Our team helped everyone get in, and sometimes we’re here at 7 am and we stay until 8 or 10 pm,” said Sandra Pyoli, Managing Director of Priceless Bridals.
“The girls (who) wanted the big, big wedding now make it a little more intimate. They only have their close family and friends. So smaller weddings mean smaller, not big, and poofy dresses. The dresses are not as elaborate as they would be in previous years.
The owner of Guilty Pleasures Bakeshop said she gets a slight increase in calls every day for fall weddings.
“We’re seeing a lot of stuff for September and October – I think people think it’s kind of a safe distance,” said Justine Martin, owner of Guilty Pleasures Bakeshop.
“I have couples who have postponed until next year and are now postponing their marriage. So let’s say they carried over from June of this year to June of next year, and they’re like pushing back until September of this year.
The Caruso Club is one of Sudbury’s most popular wedding venues and it said it went from dozens of calls a day before the pandemic to no calls at all.
But things have picked up.
“Over the past two weeks, people have been reaching out. Many canceled until the end of September, but I noticed a lot of people calling me for reservations for October, ”said John Cimino, General Manager of Caruso Club. “In November and December we had originally booked previous dates and they all hold up too.”
Cimino is hoping that Stage 3 of the reopening will allow an even greater capacity limit for couples who are still hoping to have their dream big wedding.