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Amanda
Devoted October 2020 Ontario

Covid-19 Date Changes

Amanda, on May 6, 2020 at 16:58 Posted in Plan a wedding 2 154
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Hello Future Brides,

Wondering if anyone else is postponing their dates. My original date was on July 18th 2020, and we have decided to move it to October 9th 2020 in hopes this Pandemic will be "close" to over.

What is everyone's thoughts. What are you doing & when are your wedding dates? What struggles and issues are you facing right now? Are your Vendors being helpful? How are your venues treating this situation?

I hope everyone is trying to stay positive as hard as I know it is. I am praying this works out for everyone, and I am so sorry if you have already experienced having to adjust according to the pandemic. My heart is with you all! Smiley heart

Let me know what you are doing to try and stay sane!
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  • Aneta
    Newbie July 2021 Ontario
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    Hello,

    We were supposed to get married on Aug. 22, 2020 and our ceremony was supposed to take place in the chapel of a private school. The school is now closed until September so we have had to postpone. Our ceremony space and reception space (including catering/bar service) have both agreed to re-schedule without penalty and I was originally thinking of postponing until the fall or winter but I don't want to possibly have to post-pone a SECOND time (with a possibly 2nd or 3rd wave) so we have just decided to re-schedule for July 10, 2021. It is unfortunate to have to wait over a year from now to have our wedding but I really don't want my guests to be uncomfortable or have the worry of COVID-19 over our heads as we try to celebrate. The experts have said that things probably won't go back to 'normal' until there is treatment or a vaccine. A vaccine will hopefully be ready between January-June 2021. We were looking at some spring dates but they weren't available for all of the vendors so that's how we came up with the July date.

    Hope that helps. We were also hoping to wait it out before making a decision but then the decision was made for us. It's just out of our hands at this point and I'm hoping that by next summer, we will be able to have the wedding we want and can enjoy fully.


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  • A
    Newbie July 2020 Ontario
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    Hi Lisa,

    Yes, our venue is in Ontario. We had asked when they initiated the very first lock-down. We finally got an answer when it was very clear we are most likely not going to be able to have a gathering which is our event. They can't put it on and that is what we engaged them for services on. It is pretty clear that in most cases they can't execute and it is not their fault nor ours.

    What may be possible is to get a consult from the Upper Canada Law Society. (https://lso.ca/public-resources/legal-resources) They do up to 30 minutes for free and may guide you to a resolution. If they need to get into the details of your contract, then that may cost, but they may be able to tell you if what the venue is stating is indeed true. In these times, it is just sad that venues are high-jacking people the way they are. I hope that you get to a reasonable resolution for you all.

    Andrea

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  • Lisa
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    Hi Andrea, can I ask if your venue is in Ontario?
    We booked with a venue for June 7, 2020 in Ontario and despite the Force Majeur clause they have told us that their Legal has advised that our 25% deposit is non-refundable. We are very upset but we're considering the alternative they offered which is a combination of gift card and venue credit even though with the expiry date of the credit it doesn't seem reasonable as an alternative to cash refund. The venue is a hotel so they are essentially asking us to spend a few grand on the hotel rooms in 12 months time. Today the coordinator told us head office management is pulling the gift card all together, without notice. She is going to get back to us but I have let her know how unacceptable this really is. We have been working with them since March and they have been dancing around the question on refund and now going back on their words. As of today the emergency orders prohibiting social gathering of more than 5 has been extended to June 9.
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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    I hear you. We have a lot of family who was also travelling in who won’t be able to now as well.


    I have 170 confirmed, so if they say 150 I will cut the list down but if they say 50 I will end up postponing until some point next year.
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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    Hey girl! I’m really truly just following my gut... my FH wants to get married this year so we are going to stand strong until we have no choice left. At the end of August, beginning September we will make our final decision if we CAN do our wedding or not.


    If not we will book any date we can get at that point the following year. We have a soft hold at the moment on a date for the following year.
    I am just hoping for the absolute best, and trying to stay positive everyday. We won’t know anything until time comes closer to our date.
    I would say do what your guts telling you to do & then stick with it & stay hopeful no matter tour decision because eventually it will happen or you’ll be forced to move dates... regardless you’ll get married eventually.
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  • S
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    We’re in February 2021. And I’m really stressing about what to do. I don’t think things will be over. What’s helping you to decide one way or another which direction to go? I feel so lost. And conflicted.
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  • Bre Y
    Newbie September 2020 British Columbia
    Bre Y ·
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    Thank you, I thought things couldn’t get worse and than they did! We really hoped to get married this year as my brother is getting married next year and wanted to keep them both spaced apart. As some out of town family members will now have to choose, which wedding to go to unfortunately. I feel for all brides this year that intended to get married and have everything turned upside down due to Covid. How many people are on your guest list? Would you downsize if needed?
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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    I am so sorry your Venue had shut down. I couldn't imagine, but I am glad to hear you are putting all the pieces together anyways.
    I am trying to keep high hopes, just because next year there are A LOT of weddings for my family and I don't want to be just "another" so I do hope it works out for this year, but I know the stress and unknown that you are talking about, as I go through it daily.

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  • Bre Y
    Newbie September 2020 British Columbia
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    We were supposed to get married Sept 26th 2020. We are looking to postpone till 2021 as I can’t handle the stress of wondering and not knowing if we are getting married this year or not. We have 120 guests and the cap is 50 incl all staff. We don’t want to cut 1/3 of our guest list and want to celebrate with our closest family and friends and be able to hug them. I tried to be optimistic and hopeful that we could get married this year but with everyone postponing, I don’t want to miss our chance of finding a venue next year. Our venue has now closed their business down due to Covid, so we are starting from scratch again trying to find a new venue Smiley sad Sadly our venue was one of a kind and there really isn’t anything the same or similar to it. We found one place we would settle for and could postpone to June 26th 2021. Need to decide by the end of the week, as our guests keep asking for updates.
    We feel extremely disappointed but feel it’s the best decision to postpone to 2021, to be on the safe side and not put anyone at risk.
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  • Darmae
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    Trying to! Thanks so much💕
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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    I am so sorry that you are going through that. That's not fair I feel. I wish they were more understanding - Weddings take time to plan so I hope they "decide" on what they want to do ASAP!

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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    I am hoping this date works out for you!!!! Smiley heart
    Stay positive!

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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    I should look into that clause, If I have that I may just post-pone all together get married at city hall and look for a home. It would be faster and better that way at least we get everything we want that way!

    Thank you for the information!

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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    100% agree with that! I am glad you have your date changed and now you are just waiting for that special day! Smiley heart

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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    I totally understand that. We are trying to hold on to our October date, with a soft hold on June 18th 2021 IN the event we can not have out 2020 wedding.

    I am praying it all works out but we don't know anything at this point and won't know in reality until the month before! I am hoping cases start going down, or they find a vaccine, or something!!! For now we just cross our fingers. Smiley ups

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  • Amanda
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
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    Hi Elizabeth, You are absolutely right! Smiley smile

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