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Celebrations of all kinds have been suspended due to COVID-19.

For some brides, the uncertainty becomes too great.

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Kelsey Lacroix met her fiancé Jerome through mutual friends at work. She lived in Edmonton and he was in Calgary.

“One day he saw my picture and said, ‘Who is this?'” Lacroix said. “He drove to Edmonton every weekend for a year when we met.”

Kelsey Lacroix and her fiance Jerome.

Courtesy Kelsey Lacroix

The couple were supposed to tie the knot last summer. The decision to postpone it was not an easy one.

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“Hours and hours and hours and hours and hours of discussion about it can we? Should we? Do we What do we do?”

Lacroix felt it was the responsible thing. She thought this year would be better and she could have her dream wedding.

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On Friday, Premier Jason Kenney announced benchmarks (COVID-19 hospital stay rate) that must be met before further restrictions are relaxed. The four-step plan lists wedding receptions in step 4 when Alberta reaches and declines 150 hospitalizations.

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Other brides felt the same way.

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Taylor Hollinshead met her fiancé, Tyler MacDonald, more than five years ago.

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“He made a silly joke about my favorite show and has made me laugh ever since,” she said.

Taylor Hollinshead and her fiance Tyler MacDonald.

Taylor Hollinshead and her fiance Tyler MacDonald.

Courtesy Taylor Hollinshead

They got engaged last summer with the hope of getting married in summer 2021. Hollinshead wanted to ensure that a family from Scotland and Saskatchewan could attend the wedding.

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Given the current travel restrictions, this meant a shift.

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However, the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has been stressful.

“At one point we just said, ‘Maybe we can go down to the courthouse and be done with it.'”

Wedding dates are already filling up. The foundry space in Edmonton is booked through 2023.

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“That first call makes us say, ‘Oh wow, that’s happening,” said Sandra Holmes, Operations Manager at the Foundry Room.

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Holmes said it was not uncommon for weddings to be booked two years in advance. She is not sure whether this round has to do with postponed appointments or long engagements. But this time the weekends fill up quickly.

“Double, even triple wedding weekends. It’ll be busy in the best way! “

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Hollinshead said she hadn’t made any deposits for her planned wedding in the summer of 2022.

“I’m a little afraid of what’s going to happen. I keep trying to push it a little further and see if things will change, ”she said.

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“But I’m getting to the point where I just have to do it. Take the plunge and hope it all works out. “

What advice do these future brides have for those who are newly engaged? It’s very simple: be patient, especially if you are planning a big wedding.

“If you want those 300-500 people weddings, just wait,” Lacroix said. “You will be with this person for the rest of your life anyway.”

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