Celebrating Love in the "Levels"

Updated: May 29

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 increased to 100 people from midday Friday 29th May

Review on 8th June re possibility of moving into Level 1 on 22nd June

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.

Food/Beverage allowed.

Public venues open

Cafes and Bars open

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 celebrants@dia.govt.nz 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:

Events and Gatherings in the current Alert Level

Detailed Alert Level Table

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Photo credit Amy Bailey Photography

Updated 29 May 2020

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