You can sit down. You can eat. Some of you might even kiss, but you still can’t dance at weddings in British Columbia.
“The music is starting, but we’ll be waiting a little longer for the dancing and singing,” provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry said at a press conference on Monday (June 14th).
Planner Geneva McNally of Dream Group Weddings said the BC reboot plan has started to rekindle hope among BC couples that their nuptials will return to some semblance of normalcy.
“For most couples, the reboot meant they were able to turn their summer wedding from a small ceremony into a reception dinner with 50 people,” she said.
However, there are still some non-negotiable elements. Receptions are limited to sit-down dinners and no more than six people may be seated at one table.
This means that the bride and groom cannot mingle with friends or family and that guests cannot leave their tables; dinner must be brought to them.
According to BC’s restart plan, the first dance at an event like a wedding could be allowed on July 1, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline.
Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz of Vancouver were among the many couples who have postponed their marriage more than once this year in the hope that they can celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19.
“Dancing is especially important to us because Tony is Latino and it’s a huge element of celebration in his culture,” Kobelt told Black Press Media. “Interacting with our guests is also an important part of a more normal wedding.”
This spring, the couple postponed their ceremony until February in hopes that the borders will reopen and Cruz’s family can travel to British Columbia and mark the occasion.
“We expect the majority of our guests to be fully vaccinated by then,” Kobelt said, admitting that it was difficult to plan the event without specific reopening dates being set by the province. .
McNally said many couples who changed their wedding date this year have lost the non-refundable security deposits they made to reserve vendors for the day.
“The bride and groom have to play a lot of gambling. “
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