What’s the Next Step?
Planning a Wedding During a Pandemic.
So you have a wedding in 2020… and you’re wondering what to do now. Should you go ahead as planned? Should you postpone? When should you make the call? We feel you! We wish we could give all the 2020 couples the right answer in one easy step, but the truth is, there really is no right answer. With so many unknowns, and so many personal situations and feelings, the right answer is going to vary for each couple. Below we have compiled our resources and recommendations to help you come to the right decision for you.
Below you will find our downloadable “Planning a Wedding During a Pandemic” PDF, we hope that it can provide even a little assistance and insight for you as you, your partner, and your families navigate this challenging time.
What We Know Right Now:
These are all the facts that we have as of April 18th 2020.
Arming yourself with the facts (not just opinions) can help you make a logical and well-informed decision. Things are changing rapidly, so be sure to listen to government updates for the most up to date information and be sure to check back as we will update this page with new information as it affects weddings in British Columbia.
- There is a provincial order in BC which prohibits gatherings in excess of 50 people. This order is set to expire on May 30th 2020 but is subject to revision, cancellation or extension by the Provincial Health Officer. View the details here.
- As of March 25th 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry has said that weddings and celebrations that need to happen must be without any physical gathering. Although the order is for groups of 50, she has indicated that even small gatherings are a risk. Great articles here and 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 with a marriage commissioner and two witnesses only in attendance. View the details here.
- Caterers have been ordered to stop food service for groups of people under the same Provincial Order that has closed restaurants and bars. This order is set to expire on May 30th 2020 but is subject to revision, cancellation or extension by the Provincial Health Officer. View the details here.
- All Canada-US border crossings are restricted to essential travel March 21 to May 24, 2020 at which point it will be reviewed by both parties. “Non-essential” includes travel considered tourism or recreational in nature. View the details 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 June 30th 2020. View the details here.
Read through this and still feeling overwhelmed?
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