General Guidelines

7 steps if you are planning a 2021 Wedding

  • Couples try to stick with your planned wedding date and work with the Government guidelines in relation to guest numbers.


  • Discuss options with your venue and plan for numbers for each level.


  • Have a plan A and a plan B in place but if you really feel a smaller, intimate wedding is not for you, consider planning for 2022 or beyond when things should be a lot clearer.


  • Talk to your venue and suppliers and see what their options and terms and conditions are if you have to change your plans. This could be an opportunity to look at quirky non-traditional venues for your wedding.


  • With the current restrictions, weddings must end at 11.30 pm, so start your day early, have your ceremony at midday with an early dinner so you can have plenty of time on the dance floor.


  • Make sure the focus remains on you both and do what feels right for you as a couple.


  • Keep it simple, fun, and memorable while also adhering to guidelines and ensuring a safe environment for everyone.

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issued for weddings in Covid-19 Ireland

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Weddings are a whole new terrain thanks to Covid-19. Limited guest lists, social distancing – all of which adds to the stress of a day which can be difficult to organise in the most normal of times! Here are some things to think about if you are planning a wedding over the coming weeks​

​The day of the Wedding...

On Arrival

To avoid making direct contact with doors, guests should enter the property through doors that are automated or manually operated by an employee where possible.

Hand sanitizers (touch less whenever possible) will be placed at all entry points. These must have a minimum alcohol content of 60%.

Prominent signage must explain current physical distancing practices. This must be accompanied by clear and visible markings that illustrate the safe distancing protocol.

Drinks Reception

A private room should be used, if available.

Service stations must use physical distancing queuing systems.

Tea/coffee/drinks and canapé stations must be managed by service personnel. There must be no self-service stations. Canapés must be in individual portions. Remove as much loose furniture (e.g. sofas, etc.) from the room to ensure maximum space for physical distancing.

Dinner Reception

Entrance doors should be opened whilst guests are entering the dining area.

Review the seating capacities to meet the current physical distancing guidance. There must be adequate spacing customers at each table in accordance with Government physical distancing guidelines.

Table and guest spacing must adhere to the Government’s Public Health advice.

Hand sanitizer must be made available at the entrance to the dining room. These must have a minimum alcohol percentage of 60%. Signage must encourage all guests to use this when they enter and leave.

Management must ensure signage is in place to welcome guests and reassure them that employees have been trained in line with the Government’s Public Health advice.

There must be no shared items at the table. Instead: Water jugs must be poured by service personnel only. Salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes should be available only on request and each guest should be given individual portions/ sachets.

For the meal service: There must be no family-style service of food (i.e. no shared vegetable/gravy dishes, etc.). – Wedding afters must be served directly to each guest fully plated.

Ensuring distancing on the dance floors: Signage on tables and dance floors must ask guests to respect physical distancing guidelines. – Employees must monitor and manage distancing.

Stay positive

At the end of the day, you are marrying the one you love and whether that's in front of 30, 50 or over 200 guests, it doesn't get much better than that