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April 2022

8 Things You Can Do Now At Weddings, Including Removing Your Mask

You can now celebrate your nuptials with your entire clan present, among other things you are now allowed to do at your wedding!

On 22 April 2022, the multi-task force announced a further easing of COVID-19 measures from 26 April 2022, including the removing of group size limits and safe distancing requirements for social activities such as gatherings, dining-in and large-scale events such as weddings, as part of the transition phase to living with COVID-19.

Things You Are Allowed To Do or Have At Your Wedding From 26 April 2022

With group size limits and safe distancing requirements no longer a concern, weddings will return to the way it was pre COVID-19, for the most part. To help couples keep up with the changes, we’ve highlighted eight key things that they’re now allowed to have or do at their wedding, according to GoBusiness.

1. You are allowed to invite as many guests as you want

The multi-task force announced the abolishment of group size limits for social activities such as gatherings, dining-in and large scale events such as weddings. That means, you are now allowed to invite as many guests as you like to your wedding, just like the pre COVID-19 brides and grooms!

Ame and Shaun’s Tropical Boho Wedding at W Singapore Sentosa Cove by Love Me Tender Films

2. You and your guests are allowed to intermingle without any safe distancing measures in place

They also announced that safe distancing is no longer required between individuals or between groups, which means that you and your guests can freely intermingle with one another during the celebration without sticking to zones or keeping one metre apart.

The removal of safe distancing measures also means that your photographer or videographer will be able to roam freely and document your wedding without worrying about abiding by the one metre safe distancing rule or keeping to zones.

3. You are now allowed to max out your venue’s capacity

Along with group size limits and safe distancing requirements, capacity limits for all settings and events are removed. In the previous month’s relaxation of measures, events were limited to 75% of the venue’s capacity. From 26 April 2022, couples will no longer be limited by this regulation and can max out their chosen hotel or venue’s capacity if they’d like to.

Nicole Chang Min and James’s Sky-High, Tropical Floral Wedding at 1-Atico by Androids in Boots

4. You and your guests are allowed to have your masks removed in an outdoor setting

It was announced a month ago that starting from 29 March 2022, mask wearing in outdoor settings will no longer be mandatory, and this continues to be the case for solemnisation or wedding receptions that take place in an outdoor setting.

Although it is not mandatory to wear a mask while outdoors, a detail that some of your guests and even you would no doubt celebrate and appreciate, it is still encouraged to put on your mask for personal protection and to protect others in a crowded setting.

5. You are now allowed to have your tea ceremony during your solemnisation ceremony and wedding reception with no limit on group size

Previously, the traditional Chinese tea ceremony was not allowed to take place during a solemnisation. Couples were only allowed to have their tea ceremony before or after their solemnisation ceremony, or during their wedding reception. Now that food and beverage are allowed to be served during solemnisations, couples can opt to host their Chinese tea ceremony as part of their solemnisation ceremony, if they choose to.

The number of guests allowed at your tea ceremony was also dictated by the group size limit back then, which was up to 10 persons for a home solemnisation or limited to the 20 persons in your wedding party. However, with the limit on group sizes removed, you are now allowed to have more people included in your tea ceremony, regardless of where you have it.

Vera and Glenn’s Heartfelt and Modern Wedding at The Glasshouse in Andaz Singapore by Ashley Matthew Photography

6. You are allowed to have more than one wedding reception

Previously, couples were only allowed to have one solemnisation ceremony and one wedding reception, either on the same day or on different days. However, from 26 April 2022, couples will be allowed to have more than one wedding reception if they wish to.

7. You are allowed to have food lines and on-site cooking

Now, you can have staff-served food lines or on-site cooking at your wedding. Food must be served by the workers at food lines and the on-site cooking must be done by the kitchen staff, who is to remain masked and separated from your guests.

For additional safety, you and your guests are encouraged not to share dishes or platters, as well as cutlery and dining utensils.

8. You are allowed to have live performances during your wedding reception

Live performances are now allowed at weddings with no capacity limitations. Only live instrumental music was allowed at celebrations held indoors previously, but with the relaxation of measures, you can now have live performances and activities that involve singing, wind instruments, dancing or loud talking/shouting during your outdoor wedding.

COVID-19 Safe Management Measures That You Still Need to Abide By Even After 26 April 2022

Kamelia and Jeremiah’s Cosy Cafe Solemnisation at Belo by Kenneth and Amabelle from Bobby Kiran Photography

While the current COVID-19 situation in Singapore has stabilised, the fight is not completely over yet. As we welcome and rejoice in the relaxation of the measures, there are a handful of safe management measures that remain and we have to continue to abide by.

1. Your guests are still required to wear masks indoors

While mask wearing is optional in an outdoor setting, if your wedding takes place in an indoor venue such as a restaurant or hotel, your guests will have to keep them on for the duration of the celebration, except while they are dining.

2. VDS is still required for weddings held at F&B establishments, or for weddings with more than 500 guests

Although the multi-task force announced that VDS, or Vaccination-differentiated Safety Management Measures, will be removed from all settings, if your wedding is held at an F&B establishment, VDS is still required for dine-in customers. VDS is also required if your wedding has more than 500 attendees.

If VDS applies to your wedding, you should inform your guests that they need to be fully vaccinated to be admitted into the venue for the celebration.

Dionne and Wei Zhe’s Charming Light-Filled Wedding at Andaz Singapore by Bottled Groove Photography

3. Stay home if you are unwell

With the abolishment of several safety management measures such as removing group size limits and checking in with your TraceTogether app for contact tracing, it is ever more important for individuals to stay vigilant and monitor their health before attending any wedding celebration.

Remind your guests to stay home if they are feeling unwell and reassure them that it is okay if they are unable to attend your wedding at the last minute. Arrange for one of your bridal party to be the point of contact for guests who are might have to sit out on the celebration because they are feeling unwell, so that you are kept informed of their absence.

4. Practice good hygiene and habits

Even though daily infection numbers continue to fall and have stabilised, we should continue to keep vigilant in order to keep ourselves and others safe. Although certain safety management measures have eased, you can remind your guests to continue practicing good hygiene and habits, such as not sharing dishes or dining utensils and cutlery, putting their masks back on after dining, and keeping their hands clean by washing them or using hand sanitisers.

Credits: Feature image from Felicia and Jonathan’s Lively and Colourful Wedding at The Alkaff Mansion and The Church of St. Francis Xavier by Sloth Creatives Weddings

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8 Things You Can Do Now At Weddings, Including Removing Your Mask