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Preparing for 50 guests or more at your wedding

Couples will be keen to set a new wedding date when restrictions lift in NSW – and that should be mid-October.

However how many guests can attend is actually uncertain. Yes I know the official line is: Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.

However in the same announcement we were told: Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside

Doltone House executive chairman Paul Signorelli told the AFR on the weekend “It is ridiculous, on a Friday we can do 300 people for a corporate dinner and the next day a wedding is capped at 50.”

I sought clarification from the Health Minister Brad Hazzard – his office responded “The only info we can refer to at the moment is the media release by the Premier. Once the relevant health orders are finalised, closer to the date, then we will be in a position to release more info.”

So watch this space.

Here are few tips for planning your wedding during COVID.

Book early

Now that weddings are back on the agenda there will be pent up demand for venues and services so book your venue and those other services quickly.

That pent up demand means venues in particular might be hard to book on a weekend – so consider a weekday wedding.

Book smart

Check the contracts for all suppliers regarding cancellation or postponement – if a supplier has your interest at heart they will be reasonable about postponements due to lockdowns or further restrictions.

Restrictions are set to loosen further when vaccinations get to 80% (expected in mid-November) so you may be better off waiting until then. Hopefully there will be a bit more certainly when we reach that stage.

Have a back-up plan

As we have seen lockdowns can happen very swiftly so have a Plan B.

Create a COVID safe plan

Your venue and your celebrant will have a COVID safe plan in order to comply with state regulations – all your other suppliers should as well.

There are specific guidelines for weddings but tracking down the most appropriate and up to date information can be a challenge so trust your celebrant or wedding planner to do this for you.

Get your guests vaccinated

The other criterion of course is that you and all your guests need to be fully vaccinated. So now is the time to give your guests a nudge to get the jab. If they love you – they will.


No matter how many guests you can have at your wedding there are still going to be friends and family who cannot attend.

Livestreaming by Our Live Wedding is the way to make them feel a part of your big day.

Older people in particular may not be comfortable mixing in crowds so take the time to have someone setup the stream so they can easily log in to watch. The OLW setup is easy to use.

Our Live Wedding now have two teams of vaccinated operators available and we do not charge a fee for rescheduling due to COVID restrictions.

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