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NSW Weddings return after COVID restrictions

Just like ABBA – weddings are back!

On the same day as ABBA release their new album in 40 years, weddings in NSW also make a long-awaited comeback.

After a hiatus due to the COVID lockdown, couples can now say I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do again in elopement style ceremonies.

There are restrictions on attendees, size and location. But it’s good to be back!


Small Wedding FAQ

How many people can attend?

You can attend a small wedding service if you are:

  • One of the 2 people getting married
  • One of the 2 required official witnesses
  • The Celebrant
  • The photographer, videographer or livestreamer recording the ceremony (1 person only is permitted)
  • One of 5 guests in addition to the above (see below for who those guests can be)

Therefore a maximum of 11 people can attend a wedding ceremony.

Where can attendees come from?

Weddings held outside Greater Sydney:

If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home to attend a small wedding service outside Greater Sydney.  

If you live in Greater Sydney, you cannot leave home to attend a small wedding service outside Greater Sydney, either as a participant in the service or as a guest.

Weddings held inside Greater Sydney:

If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home and enter Greater Sydney to attend a small wedding service only if you are:  

  1. One of the 2 people getting married
  2. One of the 2 necessary witnesses 
  3. The Celebrant
  4. The person recording the service; or 
  5. a parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married. 

If you live in Greater Sydney OUTSIDE an area of concern and the wedding is OUTSIDE an area of concern, you may attend if you are:

  • One of the 2 people getting married 
  • One of the 2 necessary witnesses  
  • The Celebrant
  • The person recording the service  
  • One of the 5 guests in addition to the above

If you live in Greater Sydney OUTSIDE an area of concern and the wedding is taking place INSIDE an area of concern, you may attend if you are:

  • One of the 2 people getting married 
  • One of the 2 necessary witnesses  
  • The Celebrant
  • The person recording the service  
  • A parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.  

If you live in Greater Sydney INSIDE an area of concern, you can only attend a wedding if you are:

  • One of the 2 people getting married 
  • One of the 2 necessary witnesses  
  • The Celebrant
  • The person recording the service  
  • A parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.
  • You can only attend as a guest if the wedding is taking place within the same LGA or within 5km of your home.

Where can a small wedding be held?

A wedding may take place either:

  • Outside in a public area, such as a park, or
  • At a venue permitted to be open in limited circumstances

Venues permitted to be open in limited circumstances are:

(a) entertainment facilities,

(b) food and drink premises, other than cafeterias in workplaces,

(c) information and education facilities,

(d) micro-breweries or small distilleries holding a drink on-premises authorisation

under the Liquor Act 2007 or cellar door premises,

(e) places of public worship,

(f) pubs, registered clubs and casinos,

(g) recreation facilities (indoor)

Can I get married at home?

Weddings can NOT be held at your place of residence.

Your place of residence includes indoor and outdoor areas of your property, so garden weddings at home are not permitted.

The restrictions around visitors to your home have not changed.

Do I need to register my travel to attend a wedding?

If you are leaving or entering one of the LGAs of concern to attend a wedding you must register your travel with Service NSW: COVID-19 travel registration | NSW Government

What about wearing face masks?

All wedding attendees must wear face masks, with the exception of:

  • the couple getting married
  • the Celebrant

who may remove their masks for the duration of the ceremony only.

Do we need to check in with a QR code?

Yes. The QR code will be provided by either:

  • The venue hosting the wedding
  • The Celebrant conducting the ceremony