Coronavirus and your wedding
This page contains important information about how the COVID-19 coronavirus may impact your wedding (or other) ceremony booked with Stephen Lee Celebrancy.
Last update: April 11th 2021
What’s the current situation?
Weddings are no longer subject to additional caps or restrictions under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020.
The only rule that now applies is there must be social distancing of one person per 2 square metres. Check with your venue to ask how many people are therefore permitted in your ceremony space.
Do we need to wear a face mask?
No. However your guests are welcome to wear a mask if they wish.
Do we have to sign in?
People attending are still required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing. You’ll be asked to check in using the Service NSW app. Please ensure it’s installed and active on your phone BEFORE arriving at the ceremony venue.
Guests must only attend if they are feeling well and do not have any respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms.
What about social distancing measures?
Government advice remains the same – people should stay a safe distance apart at all times. Inside, there must be 1 person per 2 square metres.
Can we postpone our wedding ceremony?
Postponement is possible, subject to my availability. A Rescheduling Fee may apply.
Can I cancel my ceremony booking?
If you decide to cancel your booking, my standard cancellation terms apply:
(a) If you cancel this agreement after you have paid the Booking Fee, the Booking Fee is non-refundable (Tailor-Made Ceremonies only).
(b) If you cancel this agreement after you have paid the Ceremony Fee and any other associated fees, and the cancellation date is more than one month before your ceremony date, a Cancellation Fee will apply to cover work already undertaken.
(c) If you cancel this agreement within one month of your ceremony date, all fees are non-refundable.
What advice is the Government offering about cancellations under Australian Consumer Law?
According to NSW Fair Trading:
“The impact of COVID-19 is being felt by consumers and businesses across Australia as events and travel are cancelled.
Consumer rights will depend on whether a business has decided to cancel a product or service, or whether government restrictions caused the cancellation which is outside of the business’ control.
Australian Consumer Law (ACL) provides guarantees for products and services purchased in Australia. Business’s have responsibilities if they fail to meet their obligations. Under the ACL, if a business fails to meet its obligations under a consumer guarantee, consumers have a right to remedies.
Consumers do not have the same right to a remedy if their individual circumstances change and/or they decide to cancel a product or service.
Where the cancellation is because of a government ban, the consumer is unlikely to be entitled to a refund under the Australian Consumer Law and their rights are determined by the terms and conditions of the agreement.”
We are overseas and were planning to travel to Australia for our wedding. What can we do?
Australia’s borders remain closed to anyone who is not a citizen, resident, or close family member of an Australian citizen or resident.
Additionally, everyone who enters Australia is required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Contact me to discuss your options.
What if we feel unwell?
If you feel unwell on your wedding day, contact me immediately.
If any of your guests feel unwell, ask them to stay at home.
What if you (the Celebrant) becomes ill?
Should I be unable to perform the ceremony due to illness, I will make every endeavour to minimise any disruption to your ceremony by locating an alternative like-minded celebrant with as much notice as possible in conjunction with you.
How COVID-19 coronavirus is changing the way I work
As your Marriage Celebrant, I have altered some of the ways I work to focus on the health of all of us at your marriage ceremony, while also complying with current restrictions.
Health advice training
I have completed a special COVID-19 coronavirus training course provided by the Australian Department of Health and continue to monitor the latest advice.
Online meeting option
Most of the ceremony booking and planning is already done online via my website.
If you are considering booking one of my Tailor-Made Weddings, we would normally meet face-to-face to help you decide if you’d like to go-ahead. This meeting can be switched to an online video meeting. I have a video conference facility on my website, or we can hook up via FaceTime or WhatsApp.
If you have booked a Tailor-Made Wedding, we have a second meeting nearer the wedding date to discuss and plan ceremony content. This meeting can also take place online.
Meetings to sign legal paperwork
We meet to sign the first of your pre-marriage legal forms – the Notice of Intended Marriage – at least one month before your wedding date. The law requires that this form must still be signed and witnessed in person.
This meeting can be completed quickly and at the required social distances.
All my equipment used during your marriage ceremony, such as the microphone, PA and pen, is cleaned and sanitised between each use. I bring a disinfectant kit to all ceremonies and provide hand sanitiser.
I’m also washing my hands frequently and thoroughly before and after each ceremony.
On your wedding day, I’ll keep the required distance between myself, your guests and you. I’ll find the best place to position myself to present the ceremony which fits the bill.
Department of Home Affairs – for the latest Australian Government travel restrictions for people overseas
Smart Traveller – travel advice for Australians
Department of Health – general advice on COVID-19
NSW Fair Trading – for consumer advice