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City offers venue for micro-weddings this summer

City Hall weddings pilot adjusted to provide safe alternative

May 8 2020 –

With limitations on large gatherings and physical distancing measures in place as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, many weddings planned for this year have had to be cancelled or postponed. For those who still want to get married, Vancouver has a solution.

We're making the Helena Gutteridge Plaza outdoor venue adjacent to City Hall available for micro-weddings of up to 10 people total.

Space bookings are open online today with:

  • The first available ceremony date of June 19
  • Eight, half-hour time slots available for each date
  • Monday, July 27 reserved for LGBTQ2+ weddings to kick off PRIDE Week in Vancouver

Get micro-wedding details

About the pilot program

We had planned to launch a pilot for civil weddings at City Hall for this spring and summer, with options to hold a ceremony in Council Chambers or outdoor on the plaza.

While the full program cannot be rolled out at this time, we wanted to provide an option for those who may have had to change their wedding plans due to the pandemic.

The original pilot was developed in response to a motion passed by City Council, and was intended to gauge interest and demand for civil ceremonies to be held at City Hall.

Couples to organize officiant and licence

Those getting married need to make their own arrangements for an officiant and apply for and purchase a marriage licence.

Marriage licences are not available for purchase through the City.

The venue fee for this limited pilot is $85 plus GST. Get details on available dates and times.