How we celebrate weddings has changed for the foreseeable future. Until the borders re-open to overseas relatives and couples can plan an overseas or even interstate holiday; until you can joyfully dance with whomever you please in celebration, A Ceremony by Design is seizing the opportunity to re-imagine weddings for the 2020s.

The new wedding rules from the NSW Government

*(be aware that these are always subject to change!) Even with the current restrictions, you can still organise a great wedding.Social Distance Wedding Covid Safe

COVID-safe Precautions

  • People attending a wedding will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.
  • The responsible person for a wedding or a wedding reception must develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters in the checklist provided by the NSW government.
  • The responsible person is generally the occupier of the premises in which the wedding or wedding reception is held. However, if the wedding or wedding reception is held in a public park, a reserve, or public garden, the responsible person is the person organising the wedding/reception or the person conducting the service.

A Ceremony by Design Safety Measures

A Ceremony by Design is a registered COVID-safe business and will collect names and contact details of all guests and other wedding suppliers. Measures include:
  • Contact tracing
  • Avoiding handshaking
  • Supplying individual pens for signing
  • Placing hand sanitiser on signing table
  • Maintaining physical distance between wedding party, guests and suppliers
  • Encouraging physical distancing among guests
  • Discouraging close photo opportunities during the ceremony
  • Advising caution in traditional physical congratulating

Number of guests allowed indoors or outdoors at a wedding

The ceremony and the reception can have up to 150 guests, but they must be seated. From 1 December 2020, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors. However, the total number of guests allowed depends on the size of your venue; the 4-square-metres per guest and physical distancing rules still apply. The venue must be registered as a COVID-safe business.

Limitation of the number of people dancing at a wedding

Only the wedding party, up to a maximum of 20 people, is allowed on a dance floor. There can’t be a rotation of people on the dance floor beyond this wedding party.

Wedding singers at ceremonies and receptions

In accordance with advice from the Chief Health Officer, NSW Health recommends:
  • A small group of up to 5 people may sing together in a large well ventilated (preferably outdoor) area if all singers face forwards and not towards each other, have a physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers and 5 metres from all other people including the audience and conductor.
  • Players of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders) should maintain a physical distance of 3 metres from others in the direction of airflow, and 1.5 metres in all other directions.
  • Players of all other instruments (including reeded woodwind instruments) should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres between each other and the audience/conductor.
  • Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Ceremony by Design a registered COVID-safe business?

Yes.

How many people are permitted at a wedding?

150.

From 1 December 2020, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors.

How many people are permitted on the dance-floor at weddings?

20.

Can the 20 dancers be rotated?

No.

Then who is allowed to dance?

Up to 20 members of the wedding party.

Can you have a wedding singer?

Yes, but he or she should be 5 metres away from the audience.

Wedding singers should not exceed 5 and should face away from each other at 1.5 meters.

Are there similar guidelines for musicians?

Similar to Wedding Singers, Musicians must be located 5 meters away from the audience.

Who is responsible for the COVID safety plan?

If indoors or in the garden of a property, the owner of the premises.

If in a public space, the person organising the event or the celebrant.

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