Covid -19 Queenstown Wedding Situation (updated 27/5/20)

Update 27 May 2020

Yesterday, the Government announced an increase to the number of people who can gather together at Alert Level 2. These changes will take place from 12 noon on Friday 29 May.

From 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people.

The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and, funerals and tangihanga.

When holding a gathering, play it safe — maintain hygiene standards and meet existing record-keeping requirements for contact tracing.

  • All businesses including bars are or can open if they can do it safely and must abide by social distancing and other guidelines.
  • Travel between regions is allowed.
  • Schools are open.
  • Playgrounds and pools are open.

What does all this mean? From 29 May, Weddings or Elopements of 100 people or less are possible in NZ and it is possible to travel anywhere in the country. Guidelines state simply that at gatherings outside your home you should;

  • keep high hygiene standards
  • record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary.
  • The Government Covid-19 Page doesn’t state under the “Gatherings outside your home” section what the guidelines are for social distancing at outside gatherings. However, I believe the protocol is still social distancing for strangers but social distancing not required for people you know.

You can view the government’s full and updated Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Guidelines here.


There are already millions of people out of jobs around the world but many of them are receiving some form of government support.  But that support can’t last forever and some of those jobs aren’t coming back. At least, not any time soon.
So, I think it’s safe to say that for the next year at least we are all going to have less money to spend.


Income has effectively stopped for all Queenstown Wedding Venues and Vendors.  Many of us may not have any new income from wedding work for months. And even when NZ does leave lock-down, destination weddings to Queenstown are likely to not happen in any significant numbers until the end of the year.
This could all mean a lot of Queenstown Wedding Venues and Vendors fighting for a piece of a much smaller pie.  Some Queenstown wedding pros will leave the industry entirely, some will attempt to boost their income with another job/income stream.
Many overseas couples who have booked a Queenstown wedding in the next 6 months may be forced to either marry at home or postpone their wedding up to a year.  However, if they cancel they will likely forfeit all their deposits, so they will have even less money to spend on their local wedding.
Kiwi couples who had booked an international wedding will likely be in the same boat – cancel or reschedule.
This could mean an increased number of weddings in late 2020 and 2021 and a scarcity of local vendors to service them.

Phew!!  Hopefully this all makes sense and you find it helpful.  Hang in there – you can do this! If you need any info or advice, you can reach me here.

Take care, Patrick.