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Sarah
Beginner January 2021 Quebec

Continue planning or pause?

Sarah, on June 14, 2020 at 09:41 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 33
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Hello! We’re getting married in January 2021 (hopefully!) ... due to COVID-19, I’m not sure if we should keep planning and booking vendors or if we should wait a bit to see if we will even be able to have the wedding. We’ve already booked our venue (including catering), photographer, videographer, DJ & I already have my dress and a lot of decor. The next step was to book the florist & go bridesmaid dress shopping but that all got put on hold when places started shutting down due to COVID-19 in March. As things are reopening now, I want to pick up where we left off but I’m not sure if there’s any point... I’m afraid we will have to postpone our January wedding if the restrictions aren’t lifted or if there’s a 2nd wave. Also, when should I contact my current vendors to see what my options are? I know right now they are probably swamped dealing with weddings that are closer..
Thanks so much in advance 💕

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  • Ashley
    Featured August 2020 Ontario
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    I personally would wait a bit till things open more. you dont want to sign more contracts and pay more deposits if theres a second wave in the fall. i would wait till sept and then start up again. see how those numbers are

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  • Kelsie
    Beginner September 2020 Alberta
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    I think there are still come things you can continue to plan. Like mentioned before you can get bridesmaid dresses online easily. Two of my bridesmaids do not live where I live so it was better for us to shop online. My biggest thing was the right colour - I wanted them to wear gold but the the true gold was very hard to find. But I found this site which has a ton of options - https://showmeyourmumu.com/?view=bridal - and they all got their dresses from there in the colour I wanted - just different styles. As long as you know what you are looking for that should be an easy thing to coordinate and even if the wedding is postponed they will still have their dresses.

    Same thing with the florist - there is no harm in looking around. I would honestly plan like you are going forward in January but prepare for having to postpone. That way you will have everything booked but can move the date if needed. You just don't want to be scrambling in the event everything goes forward as planned. Check with all your vendors about postponing. Most are flexible in light of the circumstances.

    I would also suggest doing electronic invitations if you can/want. That way you can start designing but you don't have to commit and print anything and can always change the date if you need to at a later date. Plus you can gather emails in the meantime so you can be prepared to send whenever you need to.

    Hope this helps and we are all praying this blows over by 2021!

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  • Caroline
    Beginner August 2020 British Columbia
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    Hi Sarah, our wedding was in May 2020, we postponed it to August 2020. It’s a small wedding to begin with, less than 50 people. The only thing I would suggest is to try to push as much as possible all the deposits that your vendors are asking. Cause most of them you will lose if you have to cancel or if they close their business. As for the new vendors, try to make as little deposit as possible.
    Wish you all the best with you planning and let’s stay positive, it will happen!! 😃
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  • Sarah
    Beginner January 2021 Quebec
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    Hi Patricia 😊 thanks for your reply! Oh wow! I didn’t see anything about that yet but that’s really positive news! I think I’ll wait a bit before inquiring & I will continue to plan but I’ll just pay closer attention to postponement/cancellation policies. QC has increased the maximum people to 50 so I feel more hopeful! I know things can change if there’s a 2nd wave but for now we’ll keep our fingers crossed!
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  • Sarah
    Beginner January 2021 Quebec
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    Hello Jenica 😊 thanks for your input! Yes, I know January is still kinda far out and that’s why I don’t really want to reach out to our venue/vendors YET but I just wasn’t sure if I should keep planning when really, we have no idea if it will happen or be postponed. But I think I will continue planning now & just pay more attention to postponement/cancellation policies with the new vendors we book! I feel so much more hopeful today since QC has increased the limit to 50 people now. For sure it can change if there’s a 2nd wave but for now I think we should continue planning & deal with it if there is a 2nd wave and the restrictions change.
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  • Sarah
    Beginner January 2021 Quebec
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    Hi Alana 😊. OMG that’s awful 😪 I’m so sorry you’re dealing with that!! That’s so not right. There must be some kind of law to protect people from this?!? I know you signed a contract but if they’re unable to hold up to their side due to government restrictions then I think you should definitely be in the right.. Keep fighting! I’m sure you’re not alone. Truly sorry that you & your fiancé have to deal with this 😪😪😪 Hope everything works out in the end💗
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  • Sarah
    Beginner January 2021 Quebec
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    Hi Jennifer 😊 thanks for your input! I agree, I think we will keep planning and just be more alert concerning postponement/cancellation policies for new vendors. I feel so much more hopeful today since QC is allowing gatherings of up to 50 people now. For sure things can change if there’s another wave but for now, seems like things are heading in the right direction. Fingers crossed!
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  • Sarah
    Beginner January 2021 Quebec
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    Hello Vinod 😊 thanks for your reply! We think we will contact them in a little bit to see what the options are. I’m a bit more optimistic today because now QC will be allowing gatherings of up to 50 people. For sure that can change if there’s another wave, but for now I’m taking it as a sign of hope!
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  • Sarah
    Beginner January 2021 Quebec
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    Yes! We booked the venue, photographer, videographer & DJ early and got 2020 pricing. Income has only been affected slightly but our living expenses have also gone down as things have changed recently so it balances out.
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  • Sarah
    Beginner January 2021 Quebec
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    Yes! We’re looking into Azazie! My MOH is 3 hours and 1 BM is 8 hours away so we’ve been looking at that site since it will be difficult to get everyone together to go to a store, especially now & most have restrictions on how many people can go for 1 appointment anyways.
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  • Patricia
    Beginner September 2021 Ontario
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    It never hurts to ask your vendors for their policies on postponing! But there’s been positive trends lately, and some articles have stated that a vaccine may even be ready for October 2020 Smiley smile
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  • Jennica
    Newbie October 2021 Ontario
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    Hi Sarah, its so tough to make these decisions right now, January is so far away and a lot can happen! We made the difficult decision to postpone our fall wedding this year, because we don't feel it would be responsible to play it by ear until September to find out if a second wave is going to happen because our date was close to when it would be starting (in theory). But January is even farther away and maybe there will be a vaccine by then... who knows!


    Whichever route you go, I wish you the best of luck and success!
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  • A
    Newbie August 2020 Ontario
    Alana ·
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    I am so sorry to hear that! We are also facing such a difficult decision. We are now hoping to get married in a small setting and close this chapter, but now our venue is not only not refunding us our deposit, BUT they want us to pay our 40k minimum spend for an event that is not taking place. This is a terrible situation, but there is some hope ...

    Click Here to sign the petition: Ontario Wedding venues should refund couples who choose to cancel 2020

    I don't know where else to turn. If anyone has any advice feel free to PM me or share your thoughts.

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  • Jennifer
    Beginner October 2020 Quebec
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    Hey! I would definitely keep planning if I were you. It’s better to have everything prepared and ready to go if the wedding will go ahead as planned than to run around last minute. Plus I agree with others on here about better pricing if you book this year, just be careful with the cancellation policy (though most vendors are being very flexible). I hope things will be back to “normal” in time for your wedding. Good luck!
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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    Contact your venue to see what the situation is for January and base it on what is happening of uncertainty. Postpone if needed on the safe side feeling secured about travel plans for your guests too to come. Contact your vendor team as well to notify you have changed your date to accommodate the date change. Everything seems good and clear, keep the date and continue onwards as you will be able to get back on track by making appointments as soon as possible.

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  • Hank
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
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    Another thing to consider, if you try and get vendors now instead of later, you may get 2020/2021 pricing instead of potentially 2022 pricing that's higher. But only do that if your personal funds allow it. Saving a few hundred bucks won't be worth it if your money meant for living expenses is tied up for an event potentially two years away.
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