The long-awaited wedding day will soon be here for Christina Xamin and Simon Madadi.
The couple got engaged in December 2020, but knew they would have to take time to plan their wedding, especially during the pandemic.
“We both went there knowing that things could be more difficult with COVID,” Xamin, 29, told The Spectator, adding that they consider themselves lucky not to have had to reschedule their wedding until. here.
The couple have found a beautiful outdoor spot at the David Springer Estate in Burlington, and they are set to wed this summer with 120 guests in attendance.
Xamin and Madadi are among the many couples who got married this year.
Canada’s largest jewelry retailer, Peoples Jewelers, previously predicted the biggest “marriage boom” in 2022. The estimates are coming true.
Wedding bookings in Hamilton soared after provincial pandemic restrictions fell last month, Hamilton-based wedding coordinator Tim Simmons told The Spectator.
Simmons, a former clergyman and owner of Heritage Weddings – a chapel and wedding coordinating agency, called the growing demand “just the tip of the iceberg”, adding that there will be more bookings to come as many continue to “see how the sixth wave is going.
Bookings increased significantly in March and April, he said. Of at least 100 weddings booked so far, Simmons said 75% of couples have been waiting to get married since the pandemic began.
Simmons said at least one wedding is booked with them each week this season, the busiest time will be in the fall, with multiple weddings each week.
“People want to have them done this year. Most bookings are for this year,” he said.
Hamilton’s bride Tasha Bassindale, who is due to marry in July at Dundurn Castle, said she has postponed their wedding three times in the past two and a half years due to pandemic restrictions.
The stress and fatigue of the postponement finally took over. Bassindale and her fiancé have agreed on a date and are “just thrilled the wedding is over”.
But the problem these days isn’t just getting a reservation – it’s the cost. The price of food and services soared, with inflation up 7.6%.
Bassindale noted that his caterer was unable to stick to the original quote given two years ago. “She was losing money because the prices went up, and I can’t guarantee if all of my guests are going to come because of the pandemic,” the bride-to-be said.
She and her fiancé opted for a potluck instead of catering, inviting their 100 guests to bring a dish to the wedding.
LIUNA Station, a banquet hall on James Street North, said demand for event bookings was high and agreed inflation had become a major problem.
Vico Rosatone, general manager of LIUNA, said he is struggling to determine the cost of events as prices continue to rise.
Simmons said a combination of rising prices and uncertainty about the pandemic continues to fuel the trend for smaller weddings.
Shortening the guest list is an easy way to plan a wedding in 2022, while staying on budget.
“Weddings, in general, are smaller than they would have been before COVID,” Simmons said. These days, a modest wedding means having at least 100 guests, instead of the traditional 300 guests, while smaller weddings range between 30 and 70 guests.
The new trend also means changes in venues.
Backyards, historic sites and private restaurants have become some of the favorite destinations for weddings over the past two years, Simmons said.