SUDBURY – As Ontario restrictions continue to ease, engaged couples begin planning their big day. In Sudbury, people in the industry say their phones stop ringing.
The pandemic has thwarted many wedding plans across the country in the past year and a half, but things are finally starting to look up.
Pop-up wedding organizers in Sudbury said they have received many calls in the past few weeks from people planning a small wedding instead of waiting longer for COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted completely.
“We started promoting our pop-up wedding events three or four weeks ago – starting in August – and we’re about 80 percent sold out,” said Robert Provencher, founder of Pink Door Weddings.
“Everything slowed down and lasted for a while. I think timing is good on our part, however, as pop-up weddings are well suited given the circumstances and constraints we are now operating under. It really seems to meet the requirements. “
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 make appointments.
“Our team has helped everyone get in and sometimes we get here at 7am and stay until 8 or 10pm,” said Sandra Pyoli, general manager at Priceless Bridals.
“The girls who wanted the big, big wedding are making it a little more intimate now. They only have their close family and friends. So smaller weddings mean smaller dresses, not big and poofy. The clothes are no longer as elaborate as in previous years. “
The owner of Guilty Pleasures Bakeshop said she was getting an increase in calls for fall weddings every day.
“We see a lot in September and October – I think people think this is a safe distance,” said Justine Martin, owner of Guilty Pleasures Bakeshop.
“I have some couples who have been postponed until next year and are now moving their wedding back up. So let’s say they have moved from June of this year to June of next year, and they are like going back to September of this year. “
The Caruso Club is one of Sudbury’s popular wedding venues and said it had gone from dozens of calls to no calls a day before the pandemic.
But things have recovered.
“People have been calling in in the last few weeks. Many canceled until the end of September, but I noticed a lot of people called me about bookings for October, ”said John Cimino, General Manager of the Caruso Club. “November and December, we were originally booked from the dates and they are all sagging.”
Cimino hopes the third phase of the reopening will allow an even greater capacity limit for couples who are still hoping for their big dream wedding.