Inexpensive wedding may not be as cheap as you first think
An incident at an outdoor wedding reminded me of one of the reasons I started GTTC. Early September 2013, a couple were having their wedding ceremony at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. Ferguson Point is a beautiful spot overlooking English Bay in Vancouver and is often used for wedding ceremonies and wedding photos. While the couple were exchanging their vows, everyone’s attention including the photographer’s was focused on the bride and groom, a passerby walked by the bag of photography equipment and scooped it up. The thief, who was captured on video, was later caught.
The audacity of the theft is incredible, but the incident also made me think of the lack of privacy with a cheap wedding ceremony in a public space, no matter how beautiful it is. If you decide to have your ceremony in an open public space you definitely have to be comfortable with passersby and onlookers. I recall an incident at another venue in a park in Toronto where an off leash dog ran up to the bride and jumped on her white dress with, you guessed it, muddy paws. I think an incident like this reminds us all the benefits of a private small venue for a wedding ceremony. If you still want that beach or park wedding, have someone at the ceremony whose purpose is to watch the crowd not the ceremony. Even in this situation there were possibly two people working together, one to distract one to pinch. It is hard to control all the elements of your wedding but you certainly don’t want some stranger ruining it for you.