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Katrina
Newbie September 2021 Manitoba

No dancing restrictions

Katrina, on August 24, 2021 at 20:45 Posted in Wedding reception 1 8
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Hey everyone,


Just a question regarding some restrictions. I don’t know if anyone else has run into this problem, but my current provincial public health orders prohibits dancing and dance floors at weddings. Has anyone else run into this problem? Was there anything you did to work around it? Did it greatly impact your decision to continue on as planned? My fiancé and I place so much importance on the party/ dancing aspect of the reception that this is really upsetting and especially with having hired a band, not something we are okay with. We are thinking of just having the dinner, and then having an after party back at my parents back yard where we can have the party and the band. Otherwise it will just be a dinner and everyone will likely just go home at like 8pm. Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this dilemma. Ps I really don’t want to postpone as this has been really stressful and with things in the future still looking so up in the air right now, I just want it to all be done. It’s so sad to view such a happy and exciting time in this way but it’s just been such an emotional rollercoaster. I am so excited to marry my fiancé and really hope everything turns out, but I just don’t think I can prolong the stress of it all anymore Smiley sad
Thanks!

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Latest activity by Sabrina, on August 29, 2021 at 22:17
  • Sabrina
    Curious July 2022 Ontario
    Sabrina ·
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    We had to postpone because of a numbers thing, but when we were making the decision we asked about dancing as that is very important to us. We're located in Ontario and we were told that dancing with social distancing and masks was allowed. I had heard of other venues at at same time saying no to dancing (in the same province). I think it comes down to capacity limits, venue, and provincial health regulations. You wouldn't want to be stuck with a huge fine for going over your gathering limit or not having a big enough space to social distance properly. I like the idea of what Hank and Tamara suggested (games or a casino night). At the end of the day, you need to do what you feel is right for you and what will make you (both) happy.
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  • Tamara
    Newbie September 2021 British Columbia
    Tamara ·
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    I'm in the same boat. We postponed 4 times already and I'm not postponing anymore. We settled with no dancing except our first dance together. I hired a casino and open bar to entertain. Guests can leave early. It does not bother me.
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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
    Amanda ·
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    My fiance and I decided to postpone our wedding for a second time for a few reasons alone with because there was no dancing allowed. Our entire guest list including my fiance and I are traveling to another province to get married and not to be able to dance at our reception kinda sucks in our eyes. But we also had other reasons not just the no dancing part so it was the best decision for the both of us. Everyone couple is different and if you're ok with no dancing that shouldn't stop you from having your special day Smiley heart

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  • Clauds
    Frequent user August 2020 Ontario
    Clauds ·
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    I had my reception a couple of weeks ago and my event did not allow dancing as I had more than 25% capacity. To be honest, the younger guests still danced a bit with their significant others just kind of at their tables. My husband and I danced a bit as well and no one at the venue said anything. That being said, I only had about 35 people and the ones who danced were masked.

    If your venue isn't too strict you could probably get away with some dancing. Otherwise, people will be so happy to be attending a happy event that just mingling and chatting with some music playing in the background will be enough entertainment Smiley smile

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  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
    Carmel ·
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    We dealt with this in Ontario for over a year haha... We were only allowed slow dances and only with your own partner 😆 at the time of our wedding. It was crappy to know we couldn't have the full blown party but honestly, it was the best night! And... We may have pushed the limits a little and dances VERY spread out and with masks on of course even to the "fast" songs. However, with our well planned evening - we would have been fine without. Such a magical day regardless. If confirm you're allowed to do so at a private residence and if that's what you want to do I'd just make it an "after-party" as I agree that many people, depending on the time, may just go home instead of switching from venue to residence. I went to a wedding this past weekend with dancing and no rules and it was so strange 😆😆.
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
    Hank ·
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    In that case, if you want a dance party without postponing then it's probably the only way to go. But with a venue change so late in the evening, I would be prepared for a number of guests to opt out.

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  • Katrina
    Newbie September 2021 Manitoba
    Katrina ·
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    Thanks got your reply. In Manitoba the restrictions for dance floors only state it is for licensed public places, and there are currently no restrictions for private properties. So it should be fair game there
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
    Hank ·
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    If your province doesn't allow dance parties, then you having one in your backyard is still illegal. And unlike the venue, you would bare the full brunt of any legal consequences like fines should law enforcement do anything.

    As per Ontario rules, we're allowed to have dancing if we restrict our guests to a certain capacity but could only do so with masks on while on the dance floor. We have decided not to do the dance party as a result and will play various socially distanced games throughout the reception.

    How many are you hosting? Depending on the size, maybe you can have some interactive games. Even if the band just plays music for people to jam to, that could be fun. People have been deprived of social activity for so long, I feel like most would stick around to chat.

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