VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Now that BC’s top doctor has paved the way for smaller wedding receptions this summer, confusion remains over some restrictions in place.
Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday, “The music starts, but the dance, we’re going to wait a little longer for the dancing and singing. “
Maureen Brown, who runs the Surrey-based Emerald Events, says Henry doesn’t have any patrons scrambling to make adjustments at all – especially those who expect to dance at their receptions.
According to the BC reboot plan, the first dance at an event like a wedding that could be allowed is July 1.
So, according to Brown, people who exchange their wishes before Canada Day are not happy.
“It’s a breakup for a lot of people,” she said. “Dance all night, first dance, dance with your dad – it’s that kind of thing… I think people are okay with events that end at 10 o’clock if they could have had it.” these elements. It is a very big difference.
You are not allowed to have more than 50 people celebrated with you and tables are always limited to a maximum of six seats. Wedding receptions are limited to sit-down dinners.
“The bride and groom cannot go from table to table. Grandma cannot go and greet people. Everyone has to come in, they have to sit at their table, they get their food and beverage service at their table and stay at their table, ”said Brown. “It’s a bit hard.”
As restrictions ease, Brown says she sees more bookings as fall approaches.
“I have booked three weddings for August in the past two weeks. And the fall promises to be very busy, ”she explains. “Normally the fall is quite calm. But I get inquiries everyday for September and October weddings… usually people book about a year later.
However, she adds, in the fall we might see prices go up.
“Sellers have pretty much kept their prices consistent with roughly their 2019 prices, or the prices they set for 2020,” she says, adding that the prices of the flowers for the catering will increase.
Even without dancing and without the restrictions going on, Brown says planning an event now can still be special.
“People have to be flexible. That may change tomorrow, and if something happens with the variants, things can go backwards, so we just have to deal with it. We have to do our best. It might not be the perfect wedding you have planned, but it will be the best wedding you can have.
“I think people are going to look back and find that this is so unusual… They are going to come back to it and they are going to be like, ‘Oh my God, we had a marriage during the pandemic, and we did. it works.'”