Slowly coming out of lockdown
Victorian Third Stage Restrictions explained for brides
2020 has been an extremely challenging year for brides.
Covid 19 has really thrown a curveball at us all putting all plans on hold.
Finally the rules are relaxing are we are slowly opening to some kind of normal.
A roadmap to reopening began on Monday 14 September. Melbourne and Regional Victoria are under the same Third Step restrictions.
Up to 10 people can attend an indoor or outdoor wedding — including 2 witnesses — in addition to the couple, celebrant and 1 photographer.
The couple getting married don’t need to maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other. They also don’t need to wear a mask during the ceremony or when wedding photos are taken.
However, everyone else in attendance should keep at least 1.5 metres distance from people they don’t live with including when wedding photos are taken.
You can hold a wedding in a private residence. Only the members of the household, and up to 2 visitors can attend — in addition to the people required to conduct the ceremony.
Witnesses must be from the same household as the couple getting married or count as the two permitted visitors per day.
These limits also apply to weddings held in the backyards and outdoor areas of private residences.
Wearing a fitted face mask in public is mandatory in Victoria, unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one. Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient and keep 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with
For more information, go to the Victorian Government’s restrictions page at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
You shouldn’t attend a wedding, if you’re feeling unwell — you must stay home and get tested.
Victoria — Next Step restrictions
From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November:
- Weddings can have up to 100 people, subject to 1 person per 4 square metres. Weddings at private residences are limited to private gathering limits.
Some common wedding rules Q&A –
Can I attend a wedding?
Yes, you can attend a wedding.
- Weddings are limited to 10 people including two witnesses. You can hold a wedding indoors or outdoors. If a wedding is held on private property different limits apply.
- The couple, celebrant and the photographer are not included in the person cap and may attend under the provision of work and must wear a facemask
- You can travel to and attend a wedding anywhere in Victoria.
Can I get married or host a wedding at my home?
You can get married at your house however different limits apply to the number of guests you can have.
- The number of people attending is limited to the members of the household and up to two visitors.
- These limits also apply if you hold your wedding in your backyard or outdoor area of your house.
- The witnesses will need to reside at the same address as the couple or they are the two permitted visitors per day.
You should not attend a wedding if you are feeling unwell. You must wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. Even with a face mask, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and others unless they are members of your household.
The couple getting married do not need to maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other.
Can I travel to a wedding?
Yes, you can travel to and attend a wedding anywhere in Victoria.
You do not need a permit.
Is a wedding photographer counted in the limit on guests at a wedding?
A photographer is not counted as a guest under the wedding gathering limits. There is a limit of one photographer for each wedding only. When taking photos, a photographer must always stay 1.5 metres away from others and continue to wear a mask.
Does a couple getting married need to wear face masks?
The couple getting married do not need to wear a face mask during the process of getting married. Photos taken during the ceremony can be mask free.
You do not need to wear a face mask during wedding photos.
When taking photos, you should stay 1.5m away from others.
Does a wedding held at a place of worship count as a religious ceremony?
No, for the purposes of the roadmap and restrictions, weddings are not considered as religious ceremonies or services. Weddings are limited to 10 people including two witnesses. The couple, the celebrant and one photographer are in addition to the cap.
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