Liquor board backlog worries Montreal couple ahead of weekend wedding

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By Antoni Nerestant, CBC News Posted: Jun 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET

Only two days away from one of the most special days of their lives, a Montreal couple still hasn’t received confirmation from the Quebec liquor board that they’ll be able to serve alcoholic beverages at their wedding.

Tyson Lowrie, 28, and his fiancée Pascale Greenfield, 27, are getting married this Saturday at a loft in Old Montreal and need a reunion permit from the Régie des alcools.

Although the Régie usually needs 15 days to process requests, Lowrie still hasn’t received confirmation despite sending his permit request two months ago.

« It’s incredibly frustrating not to have this detail [already] worked out, » Lowrie said.

« It adds an element of stress because now there’s no room for error, and we’re worried that we may not be able to serve alcohol at our wedding because of how badly this system works. »

When he reached the Régie on Tuesday to get an update, Lowrie says he was told there was considerable backlog for permit requests and that he would get his confirmation on Friday – the eve of his wedding.

Since the confirmation would be sent by email, the reunion permit would only be received after the wedding.

Joyce Tremblay, a spokesperson for the Régie, acknowledged that the liquor board is experiencing delays with issuing permits during the summer period, but says all permits will be issued before each event.

Patrick Lalonde, president of Aspaces.ca and the owner of Loft Le 4ème, where Lowrie and Greenfield will get married, says similar delays have been common since the beginning of the year.

« I have organized around 20 events in the last 30 days, and the confirmation for the reunion permits were received the day before on nearly all of them, » Lalonde said.