Covid-19

I finally have some new information regarding weddings over the next while.

If you need to change your wedding date, please contact me ASAP! We will work together to get you a new date – if you can get all of your vendors moved to your new date, please be flexible with your ceremony start time – this will make your life easier as I will be able to fit you in, just maybe not at your first choice of time slot. 

Here is some advice for postponing your wedding:

1. Contact your venue first to ask them about a new date.

2. Contact the rest of your vendors, starting with your top 3 priority vendors ie officiant, photographer, and caterer – or whatever is most important to you – they book the whole day for you, I book 1.5 hours for you, and can do 5 weddings in a day, so it is easier for me to fit you in my schedule than your bigger vendors.

3. Review your contracts! My contract includes a clause for changing dates and I make the process as easy as possible. I understand there are some venues and vendors that have refused to budge on their contracts – please have a lawyer help you if you are going to lose a lot of money on your venue or other vendors.

4. Be kind. Vendors are managing many weddings at one time and as your wedding crumbles, our businesses and livelihoods are crumbling at the same time. I do my best to make every couple feel like they are the only couple I have, and in reality I currently have 75+ couples all worrying about their weddings. When you are talking to your vendors, please remember it is human nature to go above and beyond for people who are nice so don’t be shy about pouring some honey on the situation!  All of my couples have been fantastic so I know y’all are out there being super cool with your other vendors too and I thank you for that!

5. Accept that you might not get a 4pm Saturday wedding – I do have a few Saturdays in 2021 open for 4pm but at this stage I have mostly Fridays and Sundays. Your other vendors are likely in the same boat. Consider November and December if you have your heart set on a Saturday wedding.

6. Your dress! Find out when it is now due to arrive and how many weeks will be needed for alterations. Depending on where your dress is being shipped from it might be weeks or even months before it arrives. Factor this into your new date decisions. 

7. Flowers are seasonal and if you move your wedding a few months you might not get the flowers you want. Great news tho…autumn flowers are spectacular!

The government has not said whether clergy is an essential service or not – and they have said churches are to direct their officiants accordingly. In case you didn’t know, every officiant is ordained in a religious organization of some sort that must be recognized by the province of Ontario. The exception to this is a judge, justice of the peace, and municipal clerk. At the bottom of your licence it asks which one your officiant is – we mark registered religious official. Yes I am ordained, yes I am clergy. No you don’t have to have a religious wedding to use my services.

My church has directed me to follow the rules of law when it comes to gathering for non-essential events. Limits vary based on which colour your ceremony location is in but for the most part I am able to perform outdoor ceremonies while abiding by all of the safety precautions we have been following lately. This means social distancing, bringing your own pens, you handle the rings, and sealing your licence in a ziplock bag for my protection etc. Indoor wedding numbers change from zone to zone and whether it’s on private property of a venue that works with their local health unit.

I am currently booking for 2021 and 2022 – my 2023 book will open in December of 2021.

I have been told by my local town hall they will help people get marriage licences. It is by appointment only and only if you have a wedding coming up soon – like April or May. If any of my couples need to get their licence, please message me so I can get you the name and number of the person you need to speak to.

As far as funerals go – at this time I am performing online services, services in funeral homes, celebrations of life, as well as graveside services and will follow the guidelines of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario of which I am a licenced member.

I hope that helps! I know many of you are worried about what is going to happen with your weddings – and I am working with every couple to make the transition seamless and smooth. Dates are being changed quickly and easily and we all just need to work together to create a new plan for you.

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I hope to see you soon and until then, please stay safe!
Avril xoxo