We are currently booking new clients for 2022/23 and are working with our couples so they can host a wedding this summer whatever the restrictions might be. 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 May 25, 2021:
- Step 1 of the Restart Plan (May 25 to June 15 at the earliest): Private and Vacation Accommodations: Weddings of 10 people can be held outside, 5 people inside. The officiant and any event staff are included in the 10 people. No indoor or outdoor receptions are permitted under the order. The full order can be found here.
- Step 2 of the Restart Plan (June 15 to July 1 at the earliest): we can expect to see seated/organized weddings of up to 50 people, which includes the officiant and any event staff. No mingling or dancing will be allowed.
- At this time any organized event requires a safety plan and contact tracing which is to be held for 30 days.
- There is currently an order in place that restricts travel within and to/from BC. Please note that weddings are not considered an essential reason to travel and this order should be followed until further notice.
- 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.
The Canada and US border remains closed and the current order is in effect until June 21, 2021 and is being reviewed on a monthly basis.
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 cancelling 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 move forward with their 2021 weddings. Some of our couples and/or their guests reside outside of Canada and they have made the difficult decision to reschedule their weddings to 2022.
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