You can sit. You can eat. Some of you might even be able to kiss – but you still can’t dance at BC weddings.

“The music starts, but we’ll wait a little longer for the dancing and singing,” said Dr. Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry during a press conference Monday, June 14.

Planner Genève McNally of Dream Group Weddings said BC’s restart plan had begun to renew hope for BC couples of a return to semblance of normalcy for their wedding.

“For most couples, the reboot meant they could upgrade their summer wedding from a small ceremony to a 50-person reception dinner,” she said.

However, there are still a few non-negotiable ones. Receptions are limited to seated dinners and no more than six people can sit at a table.

This means that the bride and groom cannot mingle with friends or family and guests cannot leave their tables; dinner must be brought to them.

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According to BC’s restart plan, earliest dancing could be allowed at an event like a July 1 wedding as COVID-19 cases and hospital stays continue to decline.

Vancouver’s Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz were one of the many couples who postponed their wedding more than once this year in hopes of celebrating it without the restrictions of COVID-19.

“Dancing is especially important to us because Tony is Latino and that’s a big part of partying in his culture,” Kobelt told Black Press Media. “The interaction with our guests is also a big part of a normal wedding.”

That spring, the two rescheduled their ceremony to February in hopes that the borders will reopen and Cruz’s family can travel to BC and celebrate the occasion.

“We assume that the majority of our guests will be fully vaccinated by then,” said Kobelt, admitting that it was difficult to plan the event without the province setting specific reopening dates.

McNally said many couples who changed their wedding date this year have lost the non-refundable deposit they made with booksellers for the day.

“Brides and grooms have to play a lot.”

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