Pre-set Weddings

Pivoting during Covid19 - Finding a way to help brides and grooms tie the knot safely.

November 2020 was a significant date for the wedding industry. The already restricted weddings (50 or less) was a difficult adjustment for many couples and travel restrictions ended destination wedding plans completely BUT in November, with very little notice, weddings were restricted to 10 people, including the officiant.

I had just completed two weddings in September with all safety measures in place and was working on one wedding for November 21, 2020. While my clients were shocked and fearful, the change lit a fire in me. I didn't want my clients to be worried about their wedding so I told them to focus on the dress alterations and finalizing their song list - leave everything else to me. After contacting the venue, confirming with anxious vendors and reviewing all the Public Health Order details, I had a plan.

We adjusted the guestlist and proceeded with the wedding with all the new safety measures in place. My clients were delighted and happily married. But then I though... what about all the other couples out there? What did they do, what CAN they do? The remainder of my 2020 weddings had already moved to 2021 so all hopes were set on 2021.

By January 20 2021 it became clear we were not likely to see the restrictions lift and even if it did, the likelihood of large weddings (over 50) was unlikely. The same fire lit in me and I reached out to a trusted preferred vendor - Kathleen Chiu of Proline Events - and asked if she would like to collaborate on a program I was working on creating - "Pre-set Weddings" throughout Greater Vancouver. With her agreement we started an impromptu team reaching out to venues to see if anyone would like to provide a safe place for brides and grooms to confidently plan their wedding ceremonies. Below are the venues who agreed to help bride and grooms get married in 2021!

Richmond Wedding Pop up by the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

Get married as you intended with the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport.

For engaged couples, there is an amazing package being offered by Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport that includes:

  • 3 fully decorated ceremony spaces to choose from with all floral and decor provided by Proline Events

  • Optional bridal bouquet and boutonnieres by Proline Events

  • Wedding coordinator from Events To.The.Nines for rehearsal and day of coordination

  • Complimentary bridal suite

Full details online: https://bit.ly/executivehotelvancouverairport

Starting at $1100 plus taxes and fees.

This rate is available until the end of May, 2021. Book your wedding by calling Maswood Schah, National Director of Sales (West) for the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport - 778.879.9766

You just need to arrive with your dress, rings, marriage license and the rest can be taken care of for you.

To Have & To Hold presented by Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

To Have & To Hold is an all inclusive intimate wedding ceremony designed for you.

Beautifully decorated 10-person wedding space with a grand entrance and an outdoor photo space just for you! They have included an elegant signing table, a welcoming registration table and an optional cake table.

Complimentary:

  • Honeymoon suite for day use and overnight stay

  • Wedding coordinator

  • Wedding music

  • Bridal bouquet

  • Groom's boutonniere

  • Parking for you and your guests

Celebrate in style with a traditional champagne toast to you, the newly married Mr. & Mrs., and then leisurely transition from the intimate ceremony to an intimate dining experience with a $200 food credit*.

For the first 50 couples with a confirmed wedding ceremony booking, you will receive an additional ROMANCE PACKAGE which includes:

A one-night stay and dinner for two on your first anniversary!

For more information about the package visit:

www.tohaveandtoholdvancouver.ca

To see the ceremony space please email:

jacqueline.jones@hilton.com