Happy couples who had to cancel their wedding plans this year due to COVID-19 restrictions don’t have to wait to tie the knot.
On July 3, Primp & Pop Event Co in Muskoka is holding the first ceremony in their “Elopement Day” series.
Couples get to say “I do” in a limited private ceremony, then run away together with a picnic basket full of goodies and takeaways.
Owner Bryn Armstrong says she wanted to see couples still have a day dedicated to them. “My heart goes out to all the couples who have been required to cancel or postpone their wedding plans indefinitely because of all of this. I wanted to create a package that followed current guidelines, but remained super sweet and special for couples who don’t want to put their marriage on the back burner.”
Just before Covid-19, Armstrong says they were ramping up for a busy wedding season. “It wasn’t until recently, with the continued state of emergency in Ontario, that we fully realized the impact this was going to have on the remainder of our year. Eighty percent of our business happens between May-October, so we’re feeling this in a very big way.”
Armstrong’s company has always focused on small and intimate events. Their Pop-Up weddings cater to groups of up to 30 people. Since the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, they’ve had over a dozen couples re-schedule their big day to 2021.
But there is some good news Armstrong says, “Those who have booked elopements with us can still get married. Our team, plus the couple is within the number of people allowed.”
There is a glimmer of hope that restrictions will relax a little bit over the next few weeks and months to allow gatherings for 20-30 people, Armstrong adds.
Meanwhile, she says she is excited about their first “Elopement Day,” taking place at Delmonte in the Pines in Muskoka.
Each couple will receive their own private ceremony time, personal flowers, and photography throughout. Loved ones can also witness the ceremony through video or live streaming.
feature image courtesy of Primp & Pop Event Co via Scott Turnbull