We are currently booking new clients for 2021 and are working with our couples to reschedule their September and October events to 2021. With this being a very fluid situation we have tried our best to compile resources and recommendations to help you to come to the right decision for you and your guests.
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These are the facts that we have as of July 27, 2020:
- On July 23, 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s office confirmed that the previous orders were amended to include that there will be no dancing, no karaoke, no self-serve bar service, and all events need to take place between Noon and 11pm. The full order can be found here.
- In addition to the July 23, 2020 order it has been clarified that events can have up to 50 patrons/guests but that social distancing must be practiced. To learn more, please reference the order here.
- According to BC’s Vital Statistics Agency, who oversees the legal proceedings of marriage in British Columbia, while restrictions on gatherings are in place, couples wishing to proceed with a legal marriage ceremony may do so within the guidelines outlined in the Provincial Health Order. The Wedding Commissioner is in their full rights to refuse to perform the ceremony if social distancing is not be followed. More details can be found here.
- There is a provincial order in BC which prohibits gatherings in excess of 50 people. This order is set to expire on May 30, 2020, but is subject to revision, cancellation or extension. The full order can be found here.
Travel to Canada is currently being restricted for all foreign nationals coming from any country. Any foreign national is prohibited from entering Canada if they arrive from a foreign country other than the United States. This order is currently in effect until August 2020 and is being reviewed on a monthly basis. More details can be found here.
If your wedding plans need to change because of the unfolding COVID-19 situation, here are some of the available options:
POSTPONEMENT: If you postpone your wedding, it means you are planning on having the same wedding you were always planning on, just on a different date in the future.
ELOPE NOW, CELEBRATE LATER: You could get legally married this year and postpone the celebration until next year. On your big wedding day, you can have a vow renewal ceremony just as you’ve already planned it.
CANCELLATION: A cancellation means you won’t be having the wedding you were planning at all, ever. It means that you are canceling contracts with all your vendors and you most likely will lose your non-refundable deposit for work already completed.
When to Make the Call
The majority of events and weddings taking place this summer have already made the decision to reschedule to 2021.
We are currently working with all September and October couples to reschedule their events as guests are traveling from abroad and many weddings exceed the number of allowed guests at a gathering.
For 2021, we are suggesting that couples a contingency plan with their vendors so that when they are ready to make a decision if the current restrictions or a form of the restrictions we see today are still in place.
If you are reading through this and still feel overwhelmed please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team: firstname.lastname@example.org