Hi friends, and Happy 2021!
If you've been following us for some time, you'll know that we are the ever-positive, happy, optimistic vibe you need in your life during a worldwide pandemic. But if you're new here, HI and HANG IN THERE.
Last year was a rough time for couples and wedding businesses alike, as we all saw our dreams change overnight. For us personally, we knew we'd come out the other side but we'd be lying if it didn't hurt our hearts seeing you all have to change plans and make concessions over what should be the happiest time of your lives.
Some of our booked couples pushed on through and hosted much smaller celebrations, while the rest of them postponed to late-last year and this year. And if you're one of those couples, we are feeling all sorts of frustration for you right now.
Just when we thought we were getting past old mate covid and leaving it in firmly 2020, it reared its ugly head once more. In true form, covid ruined all our plans of spending time with loved ones and friends over Christmas and it's now forced our governments to reconsider restrictions around weddings.
Because there's too much to read and too many press conferences to watch, we thought we'd put together a quick little summary of the (ever-changing) restrictions as at today, Tuesday 5th January 2021. So if your wedding is coming up soon in New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland, read ahead....
Let's start with our home town of Sydney, NSW.
If your wedding is to be in the Greater Sydney Region (including the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong):
Only 5 visitors allowed per day into your private residence (this would includes a backyard wedding)
Weddings, funerals, and memorial services (or a gathering after these services) are restricted to 100 persons, subject to the 4 square metre rule (for indoor areas) and the 2 square metre rule (or outdoor areas). This includes children, but does not include staff or others hired to conduct the celebrations.
As for THE REST OF NSW:
Dance floors are not permitted, except for 20 persons in a wedding party
Generally, all indoor premises are restricted to one person per 2sqm
The maximum number of visitors allowed at residential premises is 50, though NSW Health recommends that there are no more than 30 visitors if the residence does not have any outdoor space. Children are included in the limit. BUT the visitor limit does not apply to weddings, funerals, memorial services (or a gathering after these services) or a gathering for an auction or viewing of the property
There is no upper limit on the number of people at weddings. Premises must comply with the 'one person per 2 square metre rule' and have an appropriate COVID-19 safety plan
And to our Northern Beaches friends, we’re sorry to say that there are separate restrictions for you :( Read more here…
Under certain circumstances, you are permitted to request an exemption and can read more about it here.
FOR OUR VICTORIAN FRIENDS:
Weddings can be held indoors or outdoors. The venue must apply the two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. There are no group limits. The square metre rule includes the couple, the celebrant, and photographer, but not other workers such as catering staff or babies under 12 months. The two square metre rule can be used only if electronic record keeping is used. Otherwise, the four square metre rule applies
For weddings, funerals and religious gatherings, if a service is conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (15 visitors). You should not attend a wedding, funeral or religious gathering if you are feeling unwell. Stay home and get tested
FOR OUR QLD FRIENDS:
Wedding ceremonies can have a maximum of 200 people regardless of the size of the venue, including public spaces and private residences if a COVID Safe Plan is in place for the event
If a COVID Safe Plan is not in place, the number of people who can attend the wedding is in line with other gathering restrictions under the Movement and Gathering Direction (currently 100 people for outdoor public spaces and 50 for private properties)
It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a wedding
A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required
Obviously, these could all change overnight, so please stay up-to-date via your respective state's website and government updates.
And remember, if it's all getting too much or you're feeling overwhelmed, your professional besties are only a phone call away and happy to lend an ear, any time. Just call us on 1800 4 BESTIE.