Wedding planners warning of delays due to coronavirus | CBC News

Local businesses say they’re starting to see slowdown in shipments from China CBC News · Posted: Feb 21, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: February 21 Danica Labonte, who works at Dominique Levesque Bridal in Ottawa, says custom wedding dresses normally take up to six months to arrive, so she’s advising brides-to-be with summer weddings to buy off the rack instead. (Jean Delisle/CBC) 2 comments Wedding experts in Ottawa are warning clients about potential difficulties in receiving items for their big day because of the coronavirus outbreak. Some bridal stores that rely on Chinese suppliers say they’re starting to experience delays in receiving stock, and  that could worsen if shipments out of China are further restricted. “In past years, at this time in February, there would be no issue for us to order [custom dresses],” said wedding consultant Danica Labonte. “Now, we’re really recommending that people who are getting married in August and September do purchase off the rack.”  Dress shops, bridal stores experience delays from Chinese suppliers due to coronavirus Apple warns coronavirus in China will cut iPhone production, sales Labonte, who works at Dominique Levesque Bridal in Ottawa, said custom dresses normally take up to six months to arrive, but since the outbreak she’s added three to four weeks to that estimate. “[Our suppliers are] doing the best that they can, and they’re definitely communicating with us … but at this point we know very little information,” she said. Watch Ottawa wedding industry sees delays amid coronavirus outbreak 2 days ago 1:12 Shannon Kennedy, owner of Kennedy Event Planning, and Danica Labonte, wedding dress consultant at Dominique Levesque Bridal, say orders of wedding dresses, paper products and even flowers have been delayed as Chinese manufacturers slow production amid the coronavirus outbreak. 1:12 “All we can do is reassure clients and keep moving forward.” Speaking at the Economic Club of Calgary earlier this month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau admitted the coronavirus would have ripple effects throughout the world because of China’s massive economic footprint. Experts say the full effects of the coronavirus on Canadian businesses will become more evident in the coming months. Managing expectations “Everybody is a little worried and a little bit stressed,” said Ottawa wedding planner Shannon Kennedy. Kennedy said vendors that provide clients with things like furniture, linens, exotic flowers and even paper goods are feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in China. Wedding planner Shannon Kennedy says given the current circumstances, she’s helping clients manage their expectations when it comes to their big day. (Jean Delisle/CBC) “[It’s all] trickling down from third-party manufacturers to larger national suppliers, and now our local suppliers,” she said. Kennedy said given the circumstances, her focus right now is to help manage clients’ expectations, and to plan weddings accordingly. “With everything that’s happening globally, it’s important to know that we might not get everything that we want, but it’s still going to be amazing.” CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices|About CBC News

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