At least 65 couples did today, at the annual “Love in the Square.”
The Valentines Day event at Robson Square offers a completely free wedding to any couple that wants one – you just need to supply the dress and the rings.
CKNW producer Rana Sowdaey went down today for the Shane Foxman show to see what it was all about.
Picture the scene: dozens of couples dressed in their best, flowers, arches, children skating in the background and a buzz in the air.
White tents, each with four altars inside; four couples getting married at a time by four separate officiators.
Most were there to say “I do,” but some were there to renew vows already taken.
@CKNW this couple came back for a vow renewal today. Such a privilege to do that after marrying them last year!
— randy hamm (@randyhamm72) February 15, 2016
A grey Vancouver day with a bit of a damp chill, but not enough to keep lovestruck couples away.
Among the crowd were Dan and Charde, who had just tied the knot.
Charde says they decided they’d waited long enough and why not take advantage of the event.
“We wanted to do the full wedding, but we heard about this opportunity and it kind of jumped out for us, and we went for it,” says Charde.
While the wedding party had to be small by necessity, they weren’t alone – her mother and father in law, a few aunts and uncles, and the kids were there, of course.
“I did have the dream to do the big wedding, but this was a great opportunity and down the road we’ll do our vow renewal destination wedding or something, but in the mean time this just felt right, and it worked out perfectly.”
New husband Dan says he was happy with the way everything played out.
He says it Charde brought the idea up, but they’d agreed on it as a couple, and a little bad weather wasn’t about to put them off.
“Absolutely not. It was happening no matter what.”
Oh, and there’s that little matter of the savings – was it nice not to have to spend a mint on the endless and unexpected wedding expenses?