You may have heard the latest news – the province of British Columbia has lifted capacity COVID restrictions on weddings that take place in regions with high vaccination rates and proof of attendee’s vaccination.
All guests and vendors will need to prove they are fully vaccinated to attend weddings in these areas. It is fantastic news for many of our Vancouver based clients, newly engaged couples, and the wedding industry at large.
What does this mean for you and wedding planning?
Communicate the COVID-19 policy for your wedding with your guests and vendors as soon as possible. Being clear up front will allow your guests time to consider the options and will make those concerned about safety feel comfortable so the guest experience is that much more enjoyable.
Note: the rules differ depending on the region you are located. At this time, capacity remains capped at 50% in areas where vaccination rates are low. Currently, this includes parts of the Fraser, Northern, and Interior health regions. *Please check your local health unit for rules and restrictions.
Fully vaccinated guests
You should not feel the need to ask your guests to declare their vaccine status or views. First, be transparent about what is required and expected of the guests. Announce your Covid-19 wedding safety policy early on. Secondly, determine the tone you would like to take. Here two examples provided in two different tones:
Lead with empathy
“We understand that some of you may not choose to get vaccinated and we respect that. However, COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend our wedding. All guests must show proof of double vaccination upon entry. “
Or a more casual approach
Please don’t forget your COVID-19 vaccination cards at home. Our wedding venue will be checking for double vaccination at the door and the last thing we want is for you to be turned away!
We recommend that you exclude the requirements from the wedding invitation. Above all, the wedding invitation is a keepsake that should be limited to words of celebration, not vaccination. You can include your COVID-19 safety policy on a separate card that goes along with the invitation. On this card you can have details on accommodation, shuttle, etc… You should also add this important information to your wedding website.
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Fully Vaccinated Vendors
Vendors in the industry know what to expect. We recommend having the conversation to ensure their team’s safety. At FDL, we have experienced vendors who use their vaccine status as a form of marketing. Our industry friends are all very eager to get back in the swing of things, so we suspect everyone will be very understanding and accommodating. Be transparent and have the conversation early.
We know these conversations can feel awkward but go easy on yourself. We are navigating a new world. In conclusion, your guests love and support you so they will surely understand.
xo ~ Nargess