This guide will help you create and maintain a safe environment for you and your guests when planning a wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 wedding restrictions in your state or territory, please refer to the latest legislation or public health order. For NSW, please visit nsw.gov.au.
Wellbeing of COVID-19 Wedding Attendees
- Ensure your guests are aware they should only attend if they are feeling well and do not have any respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms.
- Consider sending out messages as the event draws closer to remind your wedding guests it’s important they don’t attend if they are feeling unwell, and encourage them to get tested.
- If a guest has symptoms and asks if they should attend your wedding, encourage them to see their GP or attend a local fever clinic.
- Think about ways your guests can be involved through a video broadcast or live stream, if they can’t attend due to illness or travel restrictions.
- If you are hiring a venue for the ceremony or wedding reception, talk to the event planner or facility about any available options to stream the event.
- If you have wedding guests who are at high-risk of developing COVID-19 complications such as elderly people or people with conditions affecting their immunity, consider discussing the option of attending the ceremony only, which is lower risk than the reception.
- If you serve alcohol at your wedding, consider ways to encourage responsible use, such as limiting bar tabs or drink packages.
Physical Distancing for COVID-19 Weddings
- Current COVID-19 wedding restrictions state guest capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres.
- If you want to have singing or live music at the wedding ceremony or reception, consider having solo singers, rather than group singing – which is higher risk, and consider alternatives to wind instruments (such as a flute, oboe or clarinet) which are also higher risk. When choosing the venue, make sure there is extra room for singers (at least 3 metres from other people).
- Consider seating guests from the same household next to each other, to make it easier to fit everyone safely together.
- Consider having wedding photos taken before the ceremony (rather than in between the ceremony and reception) to decrease the amount of time between each.
Wedding & Reception COVID-19 Hygiene & Cleaning
- Consider alternatives to physical gifts or wishing wells, such as online gift registries, direct delivery or electronic funds transfer.
- Think about how other hygiene risks could be minimised, such as not sharing food or cigarettes/e-cigarettes and making sure people can remember which glassware is theirs.
- If you would like a guest book, consider asking guests to bring their own pen, or have a plan to clean any shared pens and the area around the book in-between guests signing. Consider alternatives like a digital guestbook that can be filled in from home.
COVID-19 Record Keeping
- Keep a record of wedding guests who attend, including a full name and mobile number or email address. Make sure you also keep a record of additional attendees such as photographers. Keep this list for 28 days after the event. If there is a guest at your wedding who gets diagnosed with COVID-19, public health will ask that you provide this record to assist with contact tracing.
- Encourage your guests to download the COVIDSafe app to support contact tracing if required.
- Cooperate with your state Health Department if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19.
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