The last year and a half has been a tough time for weddings, we're halfway through 2021 so far, and finally, we're starting to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! As vaccines roll out, The Irish government has begun implementing their plan, Resilience and Recovery: The Path Ahead, with changing restrictions on outdoor events like sports matches and weddings becoming more viable in the coming months.

As of the 5th of July 2021, hotels have reopened with services restricted to overnight guests, 50 guests can attend a wedding in Ireland, and bars and restaurants can open for outdoor service. While this might not be the most traditional way to celebrate your special day, the opportunity for small weddings is available!

The below restrictions are subject to the public health situation at the time.

  • From July 19th, international travel for non-essential reasons will resume, with conditions, with Ireland operating the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA.
  • From August 5th, 100 guests will be permitted at wedding ceremonies and receptions (exclusive of bride, groom and staff), as stated here.
  • Live music is still not permitted at a wedding reception but is allowed at the ceremony.
  • Receptions are restricted to sit down meals only.
  • Photographers are permitted to attend.

Planning a wedding during this pandemic has been and will be a stressful time with unpredicted changes around the corner for the next year or more. So if you want to battle through the stress with your loved one and join in union this year, then never fear! We have an assortment of articles giving you the best advice to celebrate your love successfully. So whether you want to downsize your wedding day, host your wedding in your own garden, turn your big day into a micro wedding or even have your honeymoon at home, then we can help steer you in the right direction to make your planning process as relaxing as possible!

- Gráinne