The Weddings Boom Is Coming to Montreal

The Weddings Boom Is Coming to Montreal

The Weddings Boom Is Coming to Montreal

The weddings never stopped. Even more are on their way.

Most weddings did not make national headlines. Celebrations small and large still went forward, though anecdotal data suggests that a huge number of couples, even those who got married in 2020, pushed their receptions to 2021. Many others lost deposits, tore up guest lists, moved ceremonies outside or to warmer climates and changed the way we celebrated.

In December 2020 weddings were pushed to June or July of 2021 at the earliest.

Couples are already booking their venues for 2022 with frenzy.

Health, safety and finances have all weighed heavily on wedding professionals, as they have faced couples and families with wildly divergent ideas about safety and best practices.

“Couples have this vision in their head of what their wedding day will look like,” 

“Potentially they feel like it’s an embarrassment to call guests and un-invite them or say, ‘We have to do this over Zoom.’” But, she said, “I don’t think it’s worth breaking these guidelines and, literally, the law, in order just to get married.”

The deeply personal nature of weddings makes planning in a pandemic even more difficult.

“It was a big lesson in what’s the most important. To have food? To have people? To have the venue?”

Melissa and Roger Barnard changed their wedding date twice. Originally, they invited 150 people for a day late last June. Instead, their wedding took place on September 12 with about 45 guests at Melissa’s parents home in St-Eustache, Qc. “We had people canceling the night of, or three days prior,” said Ms. Barnard, 33. Some members of the wedding party dropped out.

“At the end of the day it’s about us and not necessarily about our guests,” Ms. Barnard said. “I don’t want to postpone our lives anymore. We were trying to move into a new home. We want to have a family soon.”

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Everyone is really worried about putting a date on it and sending out a new save-the-date so their friends don’t snatch up the date and they can’t get married until 2023

It’s a relief for a huge industry that has suffered during the pandemic. “From a small-business perspective, it’s devastating,”

After all, weddings drive income for reception halls, decorators, planners, florists, DJ’s, makeup artists, clothing designers, hair stylists, photographers, videographers, dance instructors, limousine drivers and many other professionals.

“What I do is so tactile. I have zero aspirations to move what I do to the digital world. I think all people want is to gather and get sweaty on the dance floor.” says wedding DJ Carlos

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