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Update to the Ontario COVID Restrictions for Weddings

The Province of Ontario has modified the previously published guidelines for weddings and private gatherings. As of June 11, the new rules will take into effect. As of June 11, the indoor restrictions for wedding ceremonies has been relaxed from 10 people to 15% capacity of the location. Outdoor ceremonies are unlimited as long as […]

Social Event Announcement!

Party Time Social Event! It is time to PARTY. Everyone is invited to join us for the final social event before the hopeful start of the wedding season. It is on Monday, June 7 at 7pm on Zoom (info below). What’s Up? There will be a trivia game, prizes, chit chat, and other surprises during […]

Update on ONTARIO WEDDINGS IN 2021

OVERVIEW When the Ontario Government released its colour-coded plans earlier this year, couples began planning around them. In 3 out of the 5 colour stages, couples could expect to host 50 guests indoors and 100 guests outdoors. Most clients planning for the spring, summer, and fall organized their guest lists with these numbers in mind. […]

May Newsletter

COVID SUMMER WEDDINDS by Alan Viau As more people are getting vaccinated, the hope of restrictions being lifted is increasing. Yet we have just heard that the Ontario lock down maybe extended. In addition, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged provinces to maintain strict public health measures until COVID-19 case counts are much lower than they […]

Members Only Forum- May 3, 2021

Lawyer Presentation on Improving Your Contracts Remember at the start of the pandemic, there was a panic about deposit returns and the Force Majeur clauses? Then, you can’t miss this members only event on May 3, 2021 at 7pm.  The OGWIA commissioned Momentum Law to develop special clauses that you can include in your contracts […]

April Newsletter 2021

INTRODUCTION Welcome to the April newsletter. We wish we were bringing you happy news that we are rounding the corner of the pandemic and we are going to be back to a busy summer of weddings. Unfortunately, we are not out of the woods yet. There is hope in the country as our parents, grandparents […]

Navigating the Mental Health Storm of COVID-19

Friends,  In talking with our wedding industry colleagues, it is clear that this latest round of COVID restrictions has deeply affected all of us. Many of us are feeling despair, hopelessness, and frustration. One year on this COVID roller coaster has significantly damaged our mental health and well-being. We are an intimate wedding industry community […]

Updated Wedding Restrictions for Ontario and Quebec

It was a really bad April Fool’s joke when Premiers Doug Ford and Francois Legault announced new restrictions for the Ottawa-Gatineau area. These new restrictions are more devastating to couples who wish to get married over the next few weeks. The OGWIA has updated is chart to reflect the changes. Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault said […]

What about your Marriage License and Virtual Weddings?

The Province of Ontario has reached out to officiating bodies with two updates on marriages. Extended Validity Period  Marriage licenses issued during the two province wide states of emergency have been extended. What this means:  Couples that purchased a license between December 1st, 2019 and July 24th, 2020, can use the license up until July 2022. Couples that […]

March Newsletter

Welcome to our latest newsletter. It contains various articles from the Board of Directors relating to the association, its focus on being an advocate and voice for our industry as well as some inspiring stories for you to enjoy.  We hope it provides you with important information and brightens your day. GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY: More needs […]

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