Weddings BACK ON in NSW as Gladys Berejiklian eases lockdown but strictly no receptions

Weddings are BACK IN NSW as Gladys Berejiklian comes out of lockdown – but with strict conditions including no receptions

  • Weddings are now allowed with five guests after lockdown laws were relaxed
  • All ceremonies must take place outdoors with no other gatherings or receptions
  • But guests cannot leave Greater Sydney to attend a wedding in regional NSW
  • Regional residents of NSW can only attend weddings in Sydney under specific rules


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Incarcerated couples desperate to tie the knot in NSW can get married but will have to make do with just five guests and forfeit the traditional post-wedding celebrations.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has signed an amendment to the Health Ordinance to allow small outdoor wedding services from Friday on the understanding that there will be no gatherings or receptions.

Buildings that can perform funerals can also be used to host a small wedding.

A maximum of five guests are allowed plus the wedding party – the couple, two witnesses, the celebrant and one person to capture the wedding.

Couples can get married again in NSW after Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) eases lockdown restrictions

Couples can get married again in NSW after Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) eases lockdown restrictions

However, a person residing in Greater Sydney cannot attend a wedding outside Greater Sydney.

A person residing in regional NSW can only attend a wedding in Greater Sydney if they are part of the wedding party or the parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.

A person living in Greater Sydney but not in one of the local government’s 12 COVID hot spots can only attend a wedding in a care area if they are part of the wedding party or the parent, child or sibling of one of the persons who married.

Anyone living in any of the 12 LGAs can attend a wedding outside of the care area in which they reside only if they are part of the wedding party or the parent, child, or sibling of one of the individuals getting married.

NEW MARRIAGE RULES IN NSW

You can have up to five guests and up to six people at the wedding party, which consists of the couple, two witnesses, the celebrant, and one person to capture the wedding.

Weddings must be held outdoors, but buildings where funerals can take place are also allowed.

Absolutely no pre-wedding or post-wedding gatherings like a reception party are allowed.

No one from Greater Sydney can travel to regional NSW for a wedding.

You can travel from regional NSW to Greater Sydney for a wedding only if you are part of the wedding party or are a parent, child or sibling of one of the couples.

Anyone in the 12 LGAs involved can only leave their LGA for a wedding if they are part of the wedding party or are a parent, child or sibling of one of the couples.

The new rules will take effect from Friday 3 September.

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