2021 Update from West Coast Weddings & Events about Weddings During COVID-19

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Socially Distanced Elopement Wedding in Tofino and Ucluelet

The Current Situation in Tofino & Ucluelet

Here is a brief summary of how weddings in Tofino & Ucluelet are looking over the next few months under the shadow of COVID-19:

  • I am working with current clients to reschedule those with a larger family & friends style West Coast Wedding, or to reduce their group count allowing them to say “I Do” in either Tofino or Ucluelet in 2021.
  • For 2021 /2022, I am accepting all weddings inquiries and bookings with the knowledge and understanding that we are strictly following the current guidelines for up to 10 guests until further notice from the Public Health Authority.
  • The situation is extremely fluid so I am working with my couples on the understanding that this might have to change depending on how the next few months go in BC.
  • Each individual resort & venue has a range of different protocols and codes of conduct for their guests to follow which are also likely to change at short notice, and which could have implications for wedding plans.

Recommendations to Help You Decide

With this being a very fragile situation, I have tried my best to compile resources and recommendations to help you to come to the right decision for you and your guests.

Guidelines and protocols are continuously evolving so please check the links to the website resources below – I can hardly keep on top of it all, so I am sure it all seems overwhelming to you too!

  • 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 keeping within the BC Guidelines. 
  • Weddings may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the officiant. While the wedding ceremony can proceed within the bounds of the PHO order, receptions associated with weddings are not allowed in any location, including inside or outside homes, or in any public or community-based venues.
  •  Restaurants are starting to reopen under the very strict regulations laid out by Worksafe BC. They can only have table of maximum of 6 and each table has to be 6’ apart- with no more than 50% occupancy. They can offer take-out, so if some of you are with your families this is a great option!

West Coast Weddings and Events COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

West Coast Weddings and Events is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for employees, vendors and customers. To ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. West Coast Weddings and Events is responsible for implementing this plan.

Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation amongst management, vendors, and clients. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons working for or participating with any wedding services of West Coast Weddings and Events.

Current Public Health Order for Weddings:

  • 10 Patrons including Officiant- This does not include the Organizer- WCWE. So I will be there.
  • I will have my Covid Safety Plan: Where I will have the names, address, emails and phone numbers of the guests. Will keep for 30 days.
  • I will ensure that there is 3m between the Bride & Groom and the Officiant
  • I will ensure that the guests stand together in their bubble but 2m apart from the other guests.
  • Masks are not necessary as we are outside but recommended for the guests.

I realize this is an emotional rollercoaster for you and I want you to know that I am only a phone call or email away if you would rather chat with me about your dreams and how they may look now here on our beautiful West Coast.

Sincerely,
Suzanne

Tel: 250-266-2094

Useful Resources

BC Marriage Commissioners

Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exemptions

Order of the Provincial Health Officer – Food Service Establishments and Liquor Service

Order of the Provincial Health Officer – Gatherings and Events

BC Centre for Disease Control – COVID-19 Resources and Information

Tourism Ucluelet – Travelling to Ucluelet During COVID-19

Tourism Tofino