What you need to know
Who is Sharon Barwick Weddings?
Sharon Barwick, CSEP is a licenced non-religious, civil wedding commissioner designated by the Province of Alberta.
COVID-19 and Weddings
As a past department head at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario, I am proactive in the health and safety of my couples and families. COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) is a virus so new, that we have yet to develop immunity to it, or a vaccine against it. I bring a mask for ceremonies plus hand sanitizer and monitor my good health daily.
50-person limit on indoor weddings as they are considered social gatherings, which have a higher-risk of transmission. This is due to the social nature of weddings, where 2 meters of physical distancing between people is difficult to maintain. Evidence shows there is a greater risk of transmission in an indoor gathering compared to an outdoor gathering.
100-person limit on indoor wedding ceremonies as they are seated events and individuals not from the same household should maintain 2 metres’ distance. As weddings are more stationary in nature, there is less social interaction and therefore less risk of transmission.
100-person limit outdoor wedding gathering. As indicated, outdoor events are considered lower risk than indoor events because it typically is easier to maintain distancing, there are less shared surfaces that are touched and air circulation limits the suspension of droplets in the air. However, close contact (less than 2 meters) significantly increase the risk of spread, even in an outdoor setting. Attendees should maintain physical distancing and observe public health recommendations such as practicing good hygiene and wearing a mask.
What can I do to protect myself?
You are advised to wash your hands with soap and water frequently, or use an alcohol based sanitizer. I ensure that both options are available to you at my residence. Though contrary to what is expected on your big day, it is recommended that you consider minimizing personal contact. This includes hugs, kisses and handshakes.
What should I do if we have made wedding arrangements with Sharon but one, or both of us, are not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, inform me ASAP and we will make arrangements for an alternative time and date. Under the present circumstances, I will wave any additional fees. Ultimately, I want you to feel confident and healthy on what will be one of the happiest days of your life.
How soon do we book a Marriage Commissioner?
Along with a venue, book your officiant as soon as possible. However, Sharon can be booked a minimum of 24 hours before the ceremony.
How do we book?
Can we talk with Sharon before we reserve?
Certainly! Be sure to fill out the contact form so Sharon has a clear understanding of your needs and expectations prior to a phone call. Zoom and Google Meet are a great vehicle for the first meeting.
How long does the average ceremony take?
An average ceremony takes 20 minutes. Client punctuality is essential to ensure the wedding day timeline progresses smoothly.
What time does Sharon arrive on our big day?
Sharon arrives 20 minutes before the ceremony.
Can we write our own vows?
Couples are encouraged to personalize their vows. Sharon can prompt you in repeating your vows during the ceremony or you can read them without prompting.
What does Sharon wear to the ceremony?
She prefers to wear dark coloured professional business attire so that you stand out.
Where do I get my marriage licence?
A marriage licence application can be obtained no more than three months prior to and up to the same day of the wedding at any Alberta Registry office. Visit this link to find an office near you.
How do I apply for a marriage certificate document after we are married?
Two to three weeks after the wedding, the couple may return to the Registry to apply for an Alberta Marriage Certificate. Download the application here.
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