Getting Married in Australia: Weddings Ceremonies – Restrictions in Melbourne

By Harpal Singh Authorised Marriage Celebrant NAATI Professional Translator Member of AUSIT and AFCC

Restrictions have been further eased from 11:59pm on 27 October 2020. Up to 10 people can attend a wedding (indoors or outdoors) including the couple and two witnesses, this is in addition to the celebrant and one photographer. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.

The couple getting married don’t need to maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other. They don’t need to wear a mask during the ceremony or when wedding photos are taken. However, everyone else in attendance should keep at least 1.5 metres distance from people they don’t live with including when wedding photos are taken.

You can hold a wedding in a private residence but only the members of the household, and up to two visitors from the same household and their dependents can attend — in addition to the celebrant and one photographer.

Witnesses must be from the same household as the couple getting married or count as the two permitted visitors per day from the same household. These limits also apply to weddings held in the backyards and outdoor areas of private residences.

You can travel more than 25 kilometres from your home to attend a wedding. However, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne you can’t travel to a marriage ceremony in regional Victoria — unless exempt on compassionate grounds. You should not attend a wedding or religious gathering if you are feeling unwell. Stay home and get tested.