(Published 5th June, updated 1st December)
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(Updated 1st December)
Ireland is at Level 3, which means that weddings can go ahead, but with a limit of 25 guests for ceremony and reception (irrespective of venue).
Couples resident in a particular county, but with existing plans to get married, can travel to get married outside that county.
Read more: Weddings in Ireland at Level 3
Covid Wedding Advice: Our Official Guidebook
Current Government Guidelines
(Updated 1st December) Weddings can go ahead, but with a limit of 25 guests for ceremony and reception (irrespective of venue). Couples resident in a particular county, but with existing plans to get married, can travel to get married outside that county. Click here for more details.
(Updated 21st October) As of midnight on 21st October, all counties in Ireland are at Level 5 for six weeks. This means that weddings can have a maximum of 25 guests (not including couples and relevant suppliers).
(Updated 7th October) The Republic of Ireland is officially in Level 3 for three weeks, at which point everything will be reviewed. Click here for more details.
(Updated 23rd September) The government has provided an outline for the next 6-9 months. This includes wedding guidelines at various levels. From 19th September, Dublin was put into Level 3 for three weeks, while the rest of Ireland is at Level 2. Click here to view all five levels and how they impact weddings.
(Updated 20th August) Limits on mass gatherings have been reintroduced and this has an effect on weddings! The maximum headcount for indoors is 6 (from no more than 3 households) and outdoor gatherings are limited to 15 people. Weddings are exempt and can be held with up to 50 people, including staff. Click here to see the latest government guidelines.
(Updated 1st July) Summer weddings are back! But if you do plan to get married, please keep in mind that social distancing measures and health protection protocols will still be in place. Click here to take a look more detailed wedding guidelines, such as safe ways for guests to enter and exit the building, signage, seating capacities and spacing, meal service, and dance floors.
Related: Guidelines for Re-opening Hotels and Guesthouses (scroll to section 23 for Weddings)
Related: Revised Roadmap
How to Downsize Your Wedding Guest List for Covid
With so many challenges to overcome, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is cutting your guest list. Government guidelines are in place to protect us, so if you are in a position where you need to downsize your wedding guest list, we’ve got some helpful tips on what to do.
Read here: How to Downsize Your Wedding Guest List for Covid
Two-Part Weddings: The Perfect Covid Compromise
Do the legal bit now and celebrate with everybody later. Here’s how!
Read here: Two Part Weddings: The Perfect Covid Compromise
Super Cute Socially Distanced Wedding Ideas
For anybody who is throwing a socially distanced wedding, there’s a lot to think about. There are some pretty sweet ways to keep your guests safe. From cute signage with clever phrases, to individually packaged confetti cones and mini charcuterie boards… we just know you’ll love these utterly adorable socially distanced wedding ideas!
Read here: Super Cute Socially Distanced Wedding Ideas
How does Covid-19 affect my wedding?
We’ve gathered some helpful information and advice to keep you informed. We’ve included information on who can help you make the decision on whether to postpone your wedding, what to do about destination weddings and honeymoons, and how to communicate if you do choose to postpone. All your covid wedding advice and government guidelines here!
Read here: Covid-19: How Does it Affect My Wedding?
Tips for couples planning a wedding during Covid
If you are planning your wedding during this uncertain time, we’ve got some great wedding planning tips for you! Covid-19 has caused a lot of couples to feel unsettled, and we don’t blame you if you’re one of them. Our wedding suppliers have provided some fantastic wedding planning tips and covid wedding advice – things to consider if you are supposed to get married within the next 12 weeks, what to do if you choose to postpone your wedding, and how to make the most of the extra time on your hands!
Read here: Top Tips for Couples Planning a Wedding During Covid
It’s possible to plan a wedding during Covid
It’s totally possible to plan your wedding during this crazy time. In fact, with more time on your hands, now may be the best time to be inspired. We’ve got some encouraging words from our suppliers as well as some super practical ways to keep inspired. Our suppliers are being super creative during the Coronavirus crisis and offering some fantastic ways to stay in touch with them digitally!
Read here: Planning Your Wedding During the Coronavirus Crisis – It’s Possible!
Photo: ArtZ Photography
Postponements and Changing the Date
How to celebrate your original wedding date
For anybody with a postponed wedding, there are ways you can still celebrate your original date! From exchanging love letters to enjoying your wedding cake and hosting a virtual cocktail hour, there are lots of things you can do to commemorate your original wedding date!
Read here: Postponed Wedding: How to Celebrate Your Original Date
Due to Covid-19, lots of couples are having to reschedule their weddings. We can’t begin to imagine how overwhelming this task must be, so we are here to offer the perfect solution. If you’ve even started to consider rescheduling, you have probably encountered the same issue as plenty of other couples – finding the right date. With popular dates, like Saturdays in Summer, filling up quickly, lots of couples are opting for weekday weddings!
Read here: Weekday Weddings – Here’s Why You Should Consider Having One!
Lots of couples are finding creative ways to exchange vows on their original date in a microwedding hosted on Zoom! We’ve asked registered solemnisers to share the legal requirements and what your options are for getting married safely during lockdown.
Read here: Is a Lockdown Microwedding For You?
With so many couples having to change their wedding plans because of Covid, everybody is navigating the topic of correctly communicating with guests and suppliers. This is where the change-the-date comes in!
Read here: What is a “Change-the-Date”?
Email templates to use if you’ve changed wedding plans
Due to the government’s safety guidelines, postponing, rescheduling and replanning is on the cards for lots of couples! This is a tricky thing to navigate and you might find yourself unsure of where to start.
Our advice is to begin by having open conversations with your key suppliers. Select four or five dates that you’d be willing to postpone to before contacting anybody. Then see if your suppliers are available on any of these dates. These email templates will help you to have open, flexible conversations with those who are bringing your wedding dreams to life!
Read here: Email Templates You Can Use If You’ve Changed Wedding Plans Because of Covid
How to host a socially distanced wedding
No matter what stage of lockdown you’re in, we’ve got some socially distanced wedding ideas for you! Some couples are choosing to celebrate in some way on their original wedding date, so we’ve rounded up some fun ways you can do just that!
Read here: How to Host a Socially Distanced Wedding
Photo: Magical Memories
Your wedding dress
Your wedding dress and Covid-19
Our Covid wedding advice would be incomplete without addressing what to do about your wedding dress! Here’s what you need to know about your Wedding Dress!
Read here: Your Wedding Dress and Covid-19
Storing your wedding dress
With a new date set and plans on hold, you might be wondering about storing your wedding dress to ensure it’s still in perfect condition for your new date.
Read here: Storing Your Wedding Dress: The Do’s and Don’ts
How to support your suppliers during Covid
Things are pretty tough right now for couples, their families and their suppliers. We’ve got a few ideas for ways that you can support your suppliers during this uncertain time. We love our suppliers and we know you do too! They are the ones who bring wedding dreams to life!
Read here: How to Support Your Suppliers During Covid
Hair and Beauty
Virtual Wedding Events
So many couples have had to postpone, reschedule or adjust their wedding plans because of Covid and lockdown. We love that this isn’t stopping anybody from celebrating! From microweddings to virtual wedding events to celebrate their love, couples are embracing the challenge. We love that!
When the day comes, you are going to find such value in having a professional makeup artist and hairstylist on your bridal team (we can’t stress this enough!). But in the meantime, here are some expert tips and tutorial videos to follow!
Related: How to do your Hair and Makeup for Virtual Wedding Events
Avoid these Mistakes
After being in lockdown for long enough, you’ve probably heard yourself uttering the words “Don’t look at my roots!”. As tempting as it is to dye your hair, overtweeze or mix shaving and waxing, our experts will urge you to think otherwise. Here are a few at home beauty mistakes you might not have thought to avoid! But with your wedding around the corner, now’s the time to exercise a little restraint. Your hairstylist and makeup artist will thank you.
Related: At Home Beauty Mistakes to Avoid
Virtual Hen Party
How to Throw a Virtual Hen Party
If your bestie is getting married (or was due to get married) soon, then social distancing has probably thrown off your hen party plans. But with modern technology and amazing online tools like Zoom and Google hangouts, there’s no reason you can’t throw a virtual hen party. This is a fab way to celebrate with the bride-to-be, pamper her from afar and make her feel special!
We highly recommend a virtual hen party, so here are some fun ideas for you! From accessories to activities and more…
Related: How to Throw a Virtual Hen Party
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.