When Jack Trang and Dani Nguyen received their marriage license in June, they intended to host a small five-person wedding over the summer. But when the city of Toronto entered phase three of the reopening on July 16, Trang and Nguyen instead chose a slightly larger affair that could be attended by their close friends and family. “As lockdown measures were eased, so did our reservations about a small wedding,” Trang said.
When they reached out to venues and wedding planners to book a date before their license expired in mid-September, they were shocked to hear that vendors had already booked. “We actually misjudged the amount of weddings that were happening at the time,” Trang explained. “Could barely find planners willing to talk to us to complete our wedding on such a short timetable.” They contacted about seven planners and vendors before Toronto Micro Weddings began, and in just two weeks’ time, hosted their August 28 wedding at Suite Studio, a heritage loft space downtown.
Nguyen and Trang are one of several couples who have been married since the latest phase of reopening in mid-July. With vaccination numbers rising and event capacity increasing, couples are eager to get married before an expected fourth wave arrives – plus the chilly temperatures of fall and winter have made outdoor festivities more difficult.
Event and wedding planner Rebecca Chan said, “Everyone in the wedding industry is getting fed up with bookings.” “Couples are feeling like they don’t know what the next week is going to bring, or the next month. So they’re thinking. ‘If we can work together to plan and make something happen now, I’ll get married now.’” In the company of Chan, who usually does one or two weddings, they now have three Or looking after four. The same period. “We’ve never booked so many weddings at the same time before,” she explained.
Couples who were forced to rebook dates earlier in the pandemic are now looking at their long-planned weddings, adding to the demand of the moment. The same was the case for Sonia and William Bottic, who married on 22 August at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg. They were able to host an outdoor ceremony for 100 people, down from their original guest list of 250, followed by a reception and dinner for 80 at the nearby Villagio Ristorante. As the couple went through two rounds of rescheduling and three different approaches to their wedding, which included making guest lists of 100, 75, 50 and 25 people to accommodate further restrictions, Sonia said that she She is “excited and relieved” for her marriage. . “A huge load was taken off our shoulders,” she said.
Angela Poleto, manager of sales and community engagement at McMichael’s, said some restrictions and safety measures are still in place during weddings. “We ask our couples, once they’ve confirmed their final numbers, to send us a list of their guests for contact tracing,” Polato explained. Surfaces are being wiped down more regularly. At Botics’ wedding, they had wipes and hand sanitisers available at stations like guest books. While masks are not mandatory, McMichael encourages masking when eating or drinking. But, as Polato explained, “we don’t police, we watch.” “We don’t have employees who hang out with the rulers.” As for the botix, they decided to dance in Villaggio’s outdoor courtyard, rather than inside the house, to make guests feel more comfortable.
According to Chan, there are some couples who are still choosing to stay away long after the pandemic. This may be because most of their guest list is coming from overseas. Chan also said that some couples may be tied up with large, non-refundable deposits for weddings with high guest counts and waiting until all restrictions are lifted. But for those eager to book last-minute weddings before the cold weather arrives, Chan encourages couples to be flexible and keep an open mind. “Chances are your preferred vendors and dates won’t be available,” said Chan, who has hosted weddings for customers on Mondays and Thursdays. Your wedding schedule may also look a little different. Booking for a morning or afternoon event can lead to better and quicker availability with vendors and locations.
If you manage to book into your big day in these next few weeks and months, Chan urges couples to go easy on the overworked wedding industry employees and vendors. “Be gracious to the people you booked,” Chan said. “People who are in the wedding industry are in it because they love what they do. They’re committed to helping people celebrate and they’re usually people with big hearts. But at the same time, many Sometimes it comes to working more than necessary.”