Weddings are allowed in South Africa | Covid-19 Update from Presidential Address on 16 September 2020

The Coronavirus and governmental decisions thus far have impacted weddings in South Africa. After President Cyril Ramaphosa’s most recent national address on 16 September 2020, we explicitly analyse the updated regulations, as we enter into lockdown level 1 on 21 September 2020. Weddings are allowed in South Africa – Covid-19 Update and now we undress 8 points related.

Weddings are allowed in South Africa during Covid-19

Larger sized weddings are allowed in South Africa during level 1 lockdown

The wedding journey during Covid-19 

Covid-19 has impacted everything about weddings in South Africa.  It’s been a gruelling six months during lockdown in South Africa. However with recent statistics indicating more than 89% recovery rate, the lockdown regulations have somewhat eased.

During level 5 and level 4 of lockdown, weddings were not permitted and home affairs were not processing marriage certificates. During level 3 a wedding ceremony, in the presence of the couple marrying, plus a marriage officer and two witnesses were permitted. It was only during level 3 that home affairs begun processing marriage certificates. During level 2 lockdown weddings in South Africa were permitted at wedding venues, given that they were less than 50 people at the wedding event.

Moving into level 1 lockdown has provided much relief to some lockdown guidelines, which influence and impact weddings in South Africa. Let’s analyse these after President Ramaphosa’s national address on 16 September 2020. 

Weddings are allowed in South Africa | Covid-19 Update. So what now?

The President’s most recent national address on 16 September 2020 stated that on 21 September 2020, South Africa moves from level 2 lockdown, to level 1 lockdown. The President informed of the updated guidelines, rules and regulations:

1. So now how many people can attend my wedding? 

Level 2 permitted a wedding capacity of no more than 50 people.  As of 21 September 2020, as South Africa moves to level 1, the size of a wedding is permitted to increase as follows:

  • Wedding venues can now operate under a 50% capacity, according and depending upon the venue’s floor space
  • Given this, an indoor wedding venue is capped at a maximum of 250 people
  • Furthermore, an outdoor wedding venue is capped at a maximum of 500 people

Best Case Scenario, if an outdoor wedding venue normally (outside of lockdown) can hold 1000 guests: 

Apply the new 50% capacity of persons according to the floor space scale under level 1 lockdown, and now 500 guests will be permitted at the outdoor wedding event.

2. A wedding venue curfew remains in place, from Midnight – 4am

During level 2 of lockdown, the curfew was in place from 10pm – 4am. With the extension now by 2 hours, this is a great news for a wedding agenda! The wedding reception can be extended to close at midnight. This will influence your wedding agenda, positively this time.

Supposing a light wedding venue close at approximately 1030pm will give the wedding venue the opportunity to clean up (and allow staff to get home) and to meet the midnight curfew. Chat to your wedding venue to interpret their regulations initiated during level 1 lockdown. 

3. The sale of alcohol is permitted in restaurants and continues to be sold under level 1 lockdown

Wedding venues will be able to continue to sell liquor at their wedding venue. Celebrations!

Your wedding is living through a time in history, which will be spoken about for many years to come. Your grandchildren will ask how it was during the global pandemic.  Add some elements to your wedding photos like the Corona Wedding Gift, ideal for Groom, Bestman, Groomsmen.  Click here  to see

Personalised Customised Wedding Groomsman Gift

Personalised Customised Wedding Groomsman Gift

4. Tobacco can continue to be sold under level 1 of lockdown

Wedding Cigar

So  Buy Awesome Groom, Bestman, Groomsman, Fathers Cigars Here

5. Current restrictions on international travel have been lifted (subject to some travel restrictions)

International travel was not permitted during level 2 lockdown. However, as of 1 October 2020, international travel is permitted, with some restrictions. Easing international travel restrictions allows wedding guests to join weddings in South Africa, physically – not just virtually. This is great news! Some weddings have a large capacity of international guests attending.

The travel restrictions will yet be undressed in more detail from the Ministers of Parliament. However so far it’s announced that:

  • Any person travelling internationally must produce a valid Covid-19 test result, which must be no older than 72 hours. If the traveler does not produce the Covid-19 test result, a possible quarantine period could evolve, and this will be at the traveller’s own cost.
  • Travellers must be from ‘lower risk’ countries when travelling into South Africa. More details on which countries specifically, will be provided by the Minsters of Parliament in due course.
  • Some travel to and from some countries remains restricted.

Please make very sure that your wedding guests are well-informed of these evolving travel regulations. It could impact their attendance to your wedding!

Weddings are allowed in South Africa during Covid-19

6. Face masks continue to be mandatory at weddings

Satin Wedding Face Masks

We’ve found some gorgeous satin wedding and bridal face masks on discount here or here

And we’ve found some gorgeous Bridal Face Masks here

Customised Personalised Wedding Face Masks

Customised Personalised Wedding Face Masks. Click here for Personalised Wedding Face Mask or Order Personalised Face Mask Bulk Buy for Huge Discounts

7. Travel between provinces in South Africa continues to be permitted during level 1 lockdown

Wedding guests can still travel nationally anywhere within South Africa. This is great news for local weddings and for South African people attending weddings.

8. All sanitising precautions continue to be applied at weddings

Hand sanitiser stations are the new wedding trend. The hand sanitiser stands can be done up really cool with personalised sign boards, décor and flowers.   Design your unique and pretty awesome personalised signboard here .

Better yet are the hand sanitiser wedding guest gift favours which we found here and also another cheaper style here. Social distancing will still apply, therefore consider spacing your wedding guest tables further apart. Contemplate removing 2 or 3 seats from the normal 10 seater round wedding tables.

Personalised Wedding Gift Favour Hand Sanitiser

Personalised Wedding Gift Favour Hand Sanitisers here

We’re making progress…

President Ramaphosa encouraged: “Restore our nation to prosperity and development.  Rebuild the economy. Overcome doubt to confront the worst public health threat in living memory. Show what South Africans are capable of when we work together. Move forward with determination and resolve!”

Weddings are allowed in South Africa during Covid-19

In summary

The most recent Presidential address was the most lenient than it has been in almost half a year. It is announced that South Africa as a country, although still in a state of disaster, moves to level 1 lockdown on 21 September 2020. Weddings are allowed in South Africa on a larger scale, together with some relaxed national rules and regulations.

It took the government five months (lockdown level 5, 4, 3, 2) to permit 50 people to a gathering / wedding. It’s great that weddings, during lockdown level 1, will now be permitted to 50% of the capacity of the venue (no more than 250 people at an indoor wedding and no more than 500 people at an outdoor wedding).

National travel continues to be permitted. It is a relief that most international wedding guests  can now also travel to and from South Africa for weddings.

During level 2 of lockdown, the routine curfew was in place from 10pm – 4am. With the extension now by 2 hours, this is a great news for a wedding agenda! This will influence your wedding agenda, positively this time.

Alcohol and tobacco can continue to be sold and consumed at weddings.

Together with these eases in lockdown 1 – it is still mandatory to wear face masks in public, sanitise frequently and practice social distancing of 1.5 metres. These factors will be taken seriously and are implemented at wedding venues immediately.

Avoid a sea of different face mask colours among your wedding guests. Be sure to match your guests face masks to your wedding theme colours! Creating beautiful memories and wedding photos.  Something all of us during this period will share memories with our grandchildren!

Be sure to add in some Corona themed wedding gifts like the Corona Beer Bottle mentioned above!

It is only a matter of time before South Africa overcomes this period of lockdown. An exit from this state of disaster will soon be announced.  Outside of this declared state of disaster, wedding gathering size and curfew restriction will ease furthermore.

So what do we recommend?

GET MARRIED NOW! (And if not now, then soon.) 

“I never wanted my wedding in my back garden anyway.” Bianca, Cape Town.
“We were supposed to get married on 18 April 2020.We postponed to 17 October 2020.  We have a big wedding of 389 people, but it’s a wedding in the forest. So it will happen now! Best news of my life!  I have waited for this day since I was a little girl.  It’s just a dream come true now!” Danielle, Gauteng.

There are fundamentally some important changes now expected of any wedding during level 1 lockdown.  Read these in this article on Wedding Tips

Remember to look at South Africa’s BEST online wedding shop HERE


This article will be updated in our blog as wedding information progress onwards. Watch this space! Most importantly, check into our  Blog Page for more insight into Hot Wedding Topics.

*Note from the Editor:  By no means is this article a comprehensively seamless analysis or by any means official information. However this article is merely intended to explore grounding information proposed to sober wedding indecision. This information is accurate to the date of publishing.  More information will unveil as the government releases further information.