In these unprecedented times of red light restrictions, I empathise with the stress couples planning their weddings are experiencing. My wedding was postponed so. I understand the challenges you're facing.
"Navigating Weddings During Red Light Restrictions: What You Need to Know"
We all adapt to the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, here's what you need to know based on the latest information from covid19.govt.nz (always check there for updates):
Triple Vaccinated: A Step Towards Safety
First, it's worth mentioning that I am triple vaccinated, emphasising the importance of protecting ourselves and our loved ones during these times.
Capacity Limits: Who Can Attend?
The current rules state that you can have up to 100 people at your wedding with My Vaccine Pass or 25 people without it. Please note that these numbers include children but not staff. Staff encompasses servers, the band, the photographer, the celebrant, the DJ, and the videographer. The capacity limits are calculated based on the maximum number of people occupying the space if each person were one meter apart. Guests don't need to maintain this distance throughout the event; they can mingle and dance during the reception, following current rules.
If your wedding is at a venue, reach out to them for their specific guidelines and limits based on their size.
QR Codes and Vaccine Passes: A Must
Your guests can use QR codes and be legally required to show My Vaccine Pass upon arrival at the venue. For weddings at private homes, the couple must create and print a QR code for the event from the Covid-19 Govt NZ website and appoint someone to verify or scan people's My Vaccine Pass. It's important to note that children under 12 years and three months are exempt from providing a My Vaccine Pass for places with a vaccination requirement.
Masks: The Lowdown
Here are the official mask rules set by the Government for indoor and outdoor gatherings at venues, excluding private gatherings and exclusive use of a place:
Masks at Private Events
Mask-wearing doesn't apply to gatherings with exclusive use of the place, but it may apply to your vendors working at your wedding, depending on their business requirements.
Celebrant Mask: As a celebrant who works with people at the hospice, I will likely wear a mask, except when speaking.
Postponement: Flexibility in Uncertain Times
We understand that restrictions can change with short notice. But don't worry! We can still celebrate your wedding on a smaller scale or reschedule for a future date when I am available, and there's no additional charge. We're in this together, so keep in touch and feel free to reach out to discuss your options. Yes, masks can be a hassle, but remember, it will be for a while.
The world faces this challenge together, and we'll adapt and overcome it!
Love, Jade x
In these challenging times, staying informed, adapting, and prioritising safety are crucial while keeping the joy and love alive in your wedding celebrations.
My Celebrant journey began in 2017, and I now have had over 600 beautiful weddings, funerals, naming, MC and special occasion events.
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Jade is a Registered Independent Marriage + Funeral Celebrant in New Zealand
Validated Member of CANZ - Celebrants Aotearoa of New Zealand
Diploma in Celebrant Studies 2017 (NZ) from the Celebrant School
Appointed by the DIA to conduct Registry Weddings for $90
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