Government allow for weddings to host 100 people from August




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The Government has confirmed that the number of guests permitted to attend weddings will increase to 100 from Thursday, August 5.

This update comes following a bridal protest from the Department of Health on Baggot Street to the Department of the Taoiseach at Government Buildings on Merrion Street upper on Tuesday.

The brides-to-be marched to present their health and safety guidelines to Government in the hopes of allowing their big days to go ahead this year with more than 50 guests.



a couple of people that are talking to each other: The government has confirmed that the number of guests permitted to attend weddings will increase to 100 from Thursday, August 5. Pic: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ieProtestors expressed their frustration over a lack of clarity from Government, revealing that many of them had postponed or cancelled their weddings multiple times now.


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The government has confirmed that the number of guests permitted to attend weddings will increase to 100 from Thursday, August 5. Pic: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ieProtestors expressed their frustration over a lack of clarity from Government, revealing that many of them had postponed or cancelled their weddings multiple times now.

The march was organised by the Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA), and had originally planned for upwards of 200 people to join in the demonstration, however, only a small number of brides-to-be showed up on the day.

WIPA presented 40 pages of guidelines to allow for the safe raising of the guest limit for wedding receptions.

The guidelines contain more than 50 recommendations for safe wedding ceremonies and receptions, covering everything from photographers and staff to venues and floor plans.



a person standing next to a fence: Protestors expressed their frustration over a lack of clarity from Government, revealing that many of them had postponed or cancelled their weddings multiple times now. Pic: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie


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Protestors expressed their frustration over a lack of clarity from Government, revealing that many of them had postponed or cancelled their weddings multiple times now. Pic: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Una O’hUadhaigh told reporters that she had originally invited 185 people to her wedding, but was now down to 50.

‘I can’t invite half of my aunts and uncles, which is not great,’ she said.

Ministers met for a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss wedding attendance among a number of other public health restrictions.

Minister Simon Coveney confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that from August 5, up to 100 people would be permitted to attend both the wedding ceremony and reception.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Minister Simon Coveney confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that from August 5, up to 100 people would be permitted to attend both the wedding ceremony and reception. Pic: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie


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Minister Simon Coveney confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that from August 5, up to 100 people would be permitted to attend both the wedding ceremony and reception. Pic: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

The Minister for Foreign Affairs also confirmed that baptism ceremonies could return from early August — though this only applied to the religious ceremony and not to subsequent receptions or gatherings.



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