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Wedding ceremonies and receptions

Resources and guidance on how to complete a COIVD-19 Safety Plan and register your wedding ceremony and reception.

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Capacity changes for weddings effective 1 December 2020

From 1 December 2020, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors.

This will allow people to make plans and book venues knowing the capacity ahead of time.

Read the Premier's announcement about the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

NSW Health updated advice regarding music at wedding ceremonies and receptions

In accordance with advice from the Chief Health Officer, NSW Health recommends:

  • A small group of up to 5 people may sing together in a large well ventilated (preferably outdoor) area if all singers face forwards and not towards each other, have a physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers and 5 metres from all other people including the audience an conductor.
  • Players of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders) should maintain a physical distance of 3 metres from others in the direction of air flow, and 1.5 metres in all other directions.
  • Players of all other instruments (including reeded woodwind instruments) should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres between each other and the audience/conductor.
  • Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.

Who must develop the COVID-19 Safety Plan

The responsible person for a wedding or a wedding reception must develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters in the checklist.  

The responsible person is generally the occupier of the premises in which the wedding or wedding reception is held. However, if the wedding or wedding reception is held in a public park, a reserve or public garden, the responsible person is the person organising the wedding/reception or the person conducting the service.

How many people are allowed

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Type of event Maximum capacity summary
Wedding service

150 guests, or one guest per 4 square metres may attend a wedding service, whichever is the lesser.  This capacity limit also applies to wedding services held at a place of public worship.

Children count towards the capacity limit.

Dancing at a wedding Up to 20 people in the official wedding party are permitted on the dance floor. Only these 20 people can be on the dance floor at any one time. There can be no rotation of different people.


COVID-19 Safety Plans and registration are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders all wedding services and gatherings after wedding services must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All wedding services and gatherings after wedding services must also register as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with staff, then share it with them.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan


Things to note:

Register as COVID Safe

If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

Register as COVID Safe

Last updated: 21 October 2020


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