Updated: May 12
What will future weddings look like?
Updated 12 May 2020
With the move to Alert Level 3 imminent here in New Zealand, suddenly the bubble tunnel has a light at the end of it and I've had many questions on what this means for weddings - both those who are booked already and those planning.
We've thankfully not been hit as hard as many other countries, yet Coronavirus still halted life as we knew it, with no definite end-date to resume life or business, or your wedding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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 Ceremony-only weddings (no reception) for up to 10 people at a time: couple, celebrant, witnesses and family. 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. Consults via email/phone/video ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Level 2*
Gatherings to remain at 10 people maximum for now
(This may extend to 100 people indoors, 500 people outdoors when reviewed 25th May)
Gatherings not be longer than 2 hours
Record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary.
Should be seated if possible.
Both Ceremony and Reception allowed.
Florals available with contactless delivery.
Public venues open
Cafes and Bars open 21st May
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a refund. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
* Level 2 rules amended following government changes 11th May.
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:
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