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 […]

Big Shout Out for Catherine Fair, Business Coach

The OGWIA wants to sincerely thank Catherine Fair for her presentation to its members on March 1, 2021. Her insights on how to think about your business during COVID were immense. Catherine has been a friend of the Ottawa-Gatineau Wedding Industry Association since its inception.  During the onset of COVID, she offered up her assistance […]

OGWIA Teams Up With The Ontario Weddings Association

The Ottawa-Gatineau Wedding Industry Association (OGWIA) and the Ontario Wedding Association (OWA) are thrilled to announce a closer collaboration of efforts. Both organizations were established in 2020 with the vision of bringing the local industries together in face of the COVID-19 economic realities. Today, they announce that because of a shared vision, the two organizations […]

Tips For Live Streaming a Wedding

Virtual has become the new normal for 2021 and for the foreseeable future. Learn about streaming for weddings. This year, 2021 is going to have some challenges regarding people traveling for weddings. From closed borders, provincial guidelines, and airline restrictions to a person’s comfort level to travel, weddings will not return to normal at the […]

February Newsletter

Announcing our March 1, 2021 Members Gathering Speaker We have an exciting guest speaker, Catherine Fair who will address: Making your way through COVID…still Yep, it’s been almost a year, and we are still navigating our way through COVID.  So, what’s changed?  How do we continue to maneuver (safely) through these trying times?   In […]

Statement on Weddings and COVID-19 Spread

There has been a storm of local social media discourse with regards to whether weddings are super spreader events. The Ottawa-Gatineau Wedding Industry Association (OGWIA) remains supportive of the Government of Ontario and Quebec restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. It is also eager to engage on planning a return to regular safe wedding […]

Thanks For Growing With Us.

Welcome to 2021. I am sure all of us are hoping that this COVID situation improves enough by the summer so that we can do what we love doing – weddings! In the fall of 2020, a few of us decided that an association representing the wedding industry at large was needed. We had a […]


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