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Ontario moves to Step 3 —weddings and ceremonies


With the move to Step 3 in Ontario on July 16, it seems like we’re on the way back to normal. Although events, gatherings, and celebrations still face restrictions, this move gives encouragement to couples planning to get married that they can take their plans off hold.

It also marks a return to busy schedules for the many venues and suppliers of wedding-related services from caterers to stylists, photographers, and videographers. For couples, the chance to gather more of your friends and loved ones close to celebrate your dream wedding—or nearly, considering we’re not quite out of the woods yet—feels almost like New Year’s in July.

What does the change to Step 3 mean for wedding planning? Times are still somewhat uncertain, and subject to change by the province if Covid conditions or rates alter. It’s a good idea to hire a wedding planner, who will be up to date on all the changing rules and regulations and able to guide and adviseJewishinterfaithweddings-Ontario.

But for the moment, happy couples can begin to plan for friends and family to share their happy event—providing health requirements are met. For the actual ceremony, the main requirement in Step 3 for indoor and outdoor ceremonies is a limit on capacity. Gathering limits must ensure physical distancing of 2 metres is possible.

For restaurant-type venues, both indoor and outdoor dining are now permitted. Capacity is limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres and other restrictions. There are no limits on the number of people per table, and buffets are allowed.

For typical larger venue locations, such as banquet halls and event or ballrooms, indoor capacity is limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two metres, with a maximum capacity of 25% indoors or 250 people (whichever is less). Outdoor capacity limited to 75% and other restrictions.

Standard limits for regular social get-togethers and gatherings are 25 indoors and 100 outdoors.

What Step 3 means—from the Ontario government’s media release:

  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

As more information becomes available, we will post it here.

For information on large venue/ event spaces and other location/gathering requirements connected with Ontario’s reopening, please see the official Ontario reopening website.


Feature photo—Thank you to Tara Winstead, Pexels

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Ontario Weddings —Scheduling 2021

Weddings in Ontario—Regulations on gatherings and ceremonies change

Announced on June 24, 2021—

New limits are in force in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada—for the latest in Ontario, please check out the official information site or contact us.

The provincial government announced that effective Wednesday, June 30th, Ontario will enter Step 2 of the re-opening earlier than anticipated. Step 2 has kicked in as the benchmark has passed of 70% of adults with at least one dose/vaccination and 20% fully vaccinated.

General outdoor social gatherings and organized events will be allowed for up to 25 people.  Larger indoor and outdoor social events are permitted, as well as larger indoor religious services, rites, and ceremonies.

Allowances for weddings and other ceremonies in Step 2 are as follows:

  • Indoor permitted at 25% capacity of the room

    Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres

We’ll advise/post here as soon as we know of new capacity changes or updates as we move into Step 3.

In the meantime, to discuss your requirements for an upcoming ceremony, please connect for details, and to reserve your preferred date. Or contact for scheduling information in the GTA, elsewhere in Ontario, and beyond, including the U.S.A.

More information here on the official Ontario provincial website.



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Your Wedding Video—Wedding Planning 101


Even with some gathering limits relaxing soon (we hope!), couples may still need to rely on Zoom, YouTube, or live streaming to bring friends and loved ones together for your wedding ceremony for some time to come. Restrictions are variable in different areas/parts of the world, and ensuring everyone  you would like to invite can show up on a specific date and time may be tricky for a while.

With a little planning of technical details, the video of your wedding—whether it’s live or recorded for everyone to watch later, will benefit from arranging the details early and leaving nothing to chance (or the last minute!).

With date and venue changes, travel quarantines, gathering restrictions, vaccinations, variants, and flight holdups, couples are holding smaller, more intimate ceremonies, live streaming the wedding, or sharing it as soon as they can.

Mark of Kismet Creative, who produces wonderful wedding videos, says, “We see weddings on Instagram, more use of streaming services, or really short turn-around to share if attendance has to be limited by circumstance.”

“We already do same day edits for couples who want to view or share their day on the actual day—so this can be handled easily.”

Check with your videographer to make sure they can meet your timeline and share your ceremony as and when you want it.

General tips to consider to make sure your wedding video is the ultimate include:


  1. Be fully informed—discuss your plans and iron out the budget.
  2. Make sure that the videographer/s know the where, and when, and how of what you want the video to be.
  3. Decide whether you prefer an intimate “sharing” story or a bells-and-whistles grand production, or somewhere in-between and iron out the details in advance.
  4. Book your ceremony arrangements early—so that you have best choice and can schedule the venue, your Rabbi/officiant and the video shoot/s and all other factors to meet your ideal calendar.
  5. Do you want the video to be live streamed or to be edited on the day and made available immediately on You Tube or another site?
  6. Make sure the company you hired can meet your requirements/check references.
  7. Some couples like to show everything—the hair-stylists at work, the gowns and suits poised ready to put on, the guests and parents, family members—or as many as can be there during these odd times—plus every second of the ceremony, celebrations, and departure. You’ll be asked to decide this in advance as it affects staffing/cost.
  8. Be specific with your “script” and make sure you and your videographers are on the same page, time line, and budget.
  9. Keep in mind that the venue or location, especially if outside, may necessitate more videographers or different equipment.
  10. Go through and agree every detail beforehand to be sure there are no surprises on the day.
  11. Confirm all the key steps and moments that you want to see covered and included; identify/provide a list of any special family members/ participants you would like to see featured .
  12. Be sure to have someone point out who’s who—the parents, grandparents, close friends, and relatives you’d like to see in your video.
  13. Also confirm all the details of your videographer’s schedule on the day. Are there are other ceremonies or events on that might affect how they work and what they can do plus access and timing issues—will everyone arrive at the same time?
  14. Do you want everyone to remain almost unaware of the videographer/s? Make sure you advise—if they are professionals, most of these details will be covered as part of the contractual process.
  15. Finally, consider when you need to obtain agreement/discuss timing and any necessary permissions from others who might be photographed in the video to make sure everyone in the wedding party is okay with your plans. If the video will be posted publicly, some people might have concerns.
  16. Confirm with the owners/venue that it’s acceptable to shoot in the location that you’ve chosen.
  17. Confirm the review and approval process—some companies allow a single review and will make edits to meet your needs; others may be more or less flexible—and this may also affect the timing.
  18. Get it in writing—make sure the details, schedule, budget, and delivery date/options are all agreed.

Then relax and dream about your wonderful wedding. If you’ve done some due diligence and checked your video suppliers references and history, and agreed on all the details, you’ll be able to look forward to a wedding video that captures and showcases your treasured memories forever.

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