COVID-19 has created so much uncertainty for couples that have planned a wedding in 2020. Safety measures that the local authorities have put in place to help flatten the curve including (but not limited to) Staying home, avoiding unnecessary travel + social distancing.

As things are changing daily please CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

Mass gathering restrictions Last updated: March 17 at 4 pm

Mass gatherings are now limited to no more than 50 attendees. This includes events such as weddings.

“ the end of the day, we just want to be married.” 

First and foremost, I want to assure you that as your wedding photographer, I care deeply about the health of you and your guests. I am taking every precaution I can to keep healthy for your wedding day including lots and lots of handwashing and staying home whenever possible.

With schools shutting down, some provinces/states starting to ban large gatherings, and travel being discouraged throughout the country, I understand that some of you may choose to postpone your wedding day to a later date when you wouldn’t need to worry about you or your guests health, travel plans, etc.

If you are thinking about postponing your wedding day:

I understand the financial burden of rescheduling a wedding day, particularly if your wedding is within the next couple months. Because of this, I am expanding my flexibility for all of my couples during this pandemic and help ease stress related to this.

If you choose to reschedule because of COVID-19,  please let me know as soon as possible so I can provide you with a list of available dates in 2020 and 2021. I have plenty of availability and flexibility for dates in 2021!

Furthermore, any amount paid towards your invoice will be applied to your rescheduled event date, so long as the event is rescheduled to take place on or before December 31, 2021.

My goal is to help make postponing your wedding day as easy and stress-free as possible for you if this is the route you choose to take.

If you choose not to postpone your wedding:

I strongly urge all of my couples to follow the advice of the World Health Organization + the Alberta government regarding large gatherings during the time of your event.

*Change your wedding to an intimate wedding with up to # of guests permitted by the local authorities to keep everyone safe, while implementing all the recommendations HERE

In this situation, if the virus is still spreading throughout the community during the time of your wedding, I will need to take precautions in order to protect myself, as well as you, your guests, and the guests of weddings planned for the weekends ahead of your date.

I also ask that you request for any guests who are feeling ill or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to stay home.

A few other tips I found:

  •  Leave more distance between guests than usual (seat four people at an eight-person table, for example)
  •  Serve plated meals instead of opting for a buffet
  •  Ensure common touch points are constantly cleaned 
  •  Avoid handheld and wearable props if you have a photo booth – a nice background is all you need
  •  Livestream the event for guests who aren’t able to attend

Alternative options for larger gatherings: 

Remember: You can still get married, it will just look different.

Turning your wedding into an elopement is an option for those of you who want to keep the date you have planned.

What does an elopement look like? 

Sample elopement day:

Guest count: 4 (you + me + officiant = 4)

  • Get dressed separately at the same location with you favourite music on. 
  • First look + Read personal vows to each other
  • Picnic lunch or order in
  • River, forest, lake or mountain views during your intimate elopement ceremony 
  • Bring your dog!
  • Bridal portraits 
  • Cook your first dinner together as husband + wife
  • order a small cake + have a your first dance in your living room!

I hope these suggestions help!

Nicole Field