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Delta couple's wedding plans hinge on B.C. COVID-19 rules

Mark Vaz and his fiancée Desiree plan to tie the knot on Feb. 6, 2021, with COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of people who can be at the wedding. (Photo courtesy Mark Vaz)
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A couple from Delta has had to whittle their wedding guest list from 140 down to 10

Only 10 people are currently allowed at weddings in B.C., including the celebrant and photographer

'If we postponed it, we'd just keep postponing it': Delta couple tying the knot during the pandemic

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – Try telling your grandma she might not be able to come your wedding.

A couple from Delta is waiting to see if pandemic restrictions in B.C. are extended or eased. The decision is expected by Friday, and Mark Vaz marries his fiancée Desiree on Saturday.

“We’re just going with a plan of what restrictions are right now. If restrictions get even stricter, then we’ll have to plan very quickly at the end. But we’ll see,” he said.

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Right now, Vaz’s guest list can only be 10 people — including the celebrant and photographer.

“Then I get myself, my fiancée, her parents, my parents, and then each of us has one sibling to sign for us,” he listed.

Several important people have to be left out, like their grandparents and Vaz’s brothers.

Mark Vaz and his fiancée Desiree plan to tie the knot on Feb. 6, 2021, with COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of people who can be at the wedding. (Photo courtesy Mark Vaz)

He admits this means talking about the wedding with family is tough, since some have to sit out.

“It’s definitely a bittersweet moment, having these conversations,” he said, noting their initial guest list was 140 people.

“We went from a list of 140, down to a list of 100, down to 50. Now we’re at 10. It’s just been a rollercoaster and it never stops,” Vaz said. “Even a week away from the wedding, we still don’t know what the exact ideas are for what we’re able to do.”

Before the current restrictions, up to 50 people were allowed at a wedding in B.C.

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While they could postpone, they would rather get married and start their lives together now. He says the pandemic has meant a lot of rule changes, and it’s been hard to lock down plans.

“We felt if we postponed it, we’d just keep postponing it — and that’s just not what we wanted for ourselves,” he explained.

While Vaz’s friends and family are disappointed, they understand.

“They understand the restrictions and they’re just happy — at the end of the day — that we’re getting married,” he said.