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Celebrating Love in the "Levels"

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

What will future weddings look like?

Updated 24 August 2020

Here we go again New Zealand. I've had many questions on Covid and what the Levels mean for weddings - both those who are booked already and those planning.

With Auckland's recent outbreak it now has its own regulations.

Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 until 11:59pm on 30 August 2020.

The rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2.

After 30 August, the Auckland checkpoints will go, and inter-regional travel will be possible again.

At Alert Level 2 in Auckland - gatherings will continue to be limited to 10 people.

We've thankfully not been hit as hard as many other countries, yet Coronavirus still halts life as we know it, with no definite end-date to resume life or business, or your wedding planning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While I don't have all the answers yet, the below will hopefully clear a few things up. If you have any suggestions or comments I would LOVE to hear them - we're all going to have to work together with our couples and as an industry to make this work. It's a massive unknown but a part of me is also excited to get the chance to be creative, think outside the box and still celebrate love - albeit a bit differently until we get to Level 0. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WEDDINGS UNDER THE ALERT LEVELS: Level 4 *Gatherings not permitted. *Consults via email/phone/video ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Level 3* *Weddings allowed for up to 10 people: couple, celebrant, witnesses and family.

*Ceremony only - no Reception

*Physical distancing & record of attendees *Florals available with contactless delivery (however choices may be limited). *Consumption of food/drink NOT permitted. *Public venues closed but open public spaces may be used (eg parks).

*Regional travel allowed to permitted gatherings (but not currently in/out or through Auckland while it's in Level 3)

*Businesses can trade without physical contact with customers *Consults via email/phone/video ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Level 2 Auckland* *Gatherings still restricted to 10 people within Auckland (Amended on 24 August. Reviewed 6th Sept.)

*Ceremony allowed

*Physical distancing & record of attendees

*Florals available with contactless delivery (however choices may be limited).

*Inter-Regional travel allowed

*Consults via email/phone/video ⠀

To be confirmed:

*Reception allowed

*Food/Beverage allowed.

*Public venues open

*Cafes and Bars open

Level 2 Rest of New Zealand*

*Gatherings of up to 100 people allowed.

*Both Ceremony and Reception allowed

*Physical distancing & record of attendees

*Florals available with contactless delivery (however choices may be limited).

*Food/Beverage allowed.

*Public venues open

*Cafes and Bars open

*Inter-Regional travel allowed

*Consults via email/phone/video

Level 1 *No restrictions on numbers attending *Florals available *Venues open *Domestic travel allowed *Face to face consults yippee! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also - If you need a refund for a marriage licence: The Registrar-General is refunding those not able to use the marriage licence within 3 months of receiving it due to COVID-19. Email for a refund. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

* Auckland currently Level 3, Rest of New Zealand currently Level 2

This is not the definitive list but an overview of what's expected of us from a wedding perspective during the different levels. There also needs to be vigilant hygiene and safety measures for all levels. For more info see the government Covid-19 website pages:

Photo credit Amy Bailey Photography

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