Weddings In Dubai Are Back: Here’s Everything Brides Need To Know About The New Rules
***UPDATE: Weddings are once again prohibited until further notice*** Time for a happy dance! — weddings will soon be allowed to take place in Dubai! Engaged couples can rejoice following an announcement from the Government of Dubai on August 3, released by the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre in association with Dubai Tourism, which reveals guidelines for the events industry to get back to business, having been on hold since March. For weddings — and with all events — there are still certain restrictions in place, but it’s a start! Here, we roundup everything brides and grooms need to know (special thanks to MEWA for providing us with the information):
– Masks must be worn by all individuals, including the wedding party, guests and all staff. Brides, get some lace on those things!
– Masks can be taken off when food and beverages are being consumed.
– Everyone arriving at the wedding venue will have their temperature checked and be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided.
– If guests have a gift for the happy couple, the package should be checked and sanitised.
The number of guests will depend on the type of reception being held. For now, we have the guidelines for banquet-style receptions, as follows:
– Up to four guests allowed per table, if the tables are placed two metres apart.
– Up to 10 people can sit at a table if there is a two-metre distance between each guest. For large tables like this, the guidelines encourage the use of room dividers to be placed between each table to add an extra layer of social distancing.
– If you’re from the same family you can sit together, while guests from different families will need to sit with a minimum of two vacant seats between each person/family.
– Food buffets are allowed if social distancing can be practised in the queue, with two metres between people. Staff must serve people from the buffet selection — either at the buffet station or to guests at the table; self-service is prohibited.
– Any third party catering services must use disposables while serving food and beverages.
At the Venue
– A minimum of two metres between each person must occur so that the wedding party can practise safe social distancing. This corresponds to each person moving in a four-square-metre field of space around them.
– The venue needs to have clearly marked and separate entry and exit points.
– In the lobby, common areas and concourse areas there needs to be a minimum of two-metre social distancing practised by people, to be indicated with floor markings. This applies to any areas where people may congregate and queue.
– There needs to be a uni-directional pedestrian flow, marked using directional stickers.
– Sanitising gel has to be placed in all key common areas inside the wedding venue.
– Sterilisation of the venue needs to be conducted after the event.
– Performers and artists are allowed, and they can remove their masks during a performance if they maintain a four-metre distance to the audience.
– Photographers and videographers can attend and they must adhere to the social distancing rules.
– The guidelines also state that sprayable perfumes are permitted but they must be applied to guests by a third party operator. Self-application of perfume is prohibited.
– A distance of two metres must be practised.
– Hairdresser and makeup artists are permitted and their equipment must be sanitised after each person has availed the service.
– Shared chairs for hair and makeup must be sanitised unless each individual has their own chair to sit in.
– Guests that have a medical condition such as a respiratory illness or a chronic disease should not be invited as they are encouraged to stay at home for their own safety.
– The use of a dance floor is prohibited.
– Everyone attending must refrain from physical greetings, such as kissing, hugging and handshaking.
We’re so happy we could shout this news from the rooftops! We’d love to know how this affects and revitalises your wedding plans, so share yours on Instagram and tag @brideclubme. Stay tuned on Instagram for more updates from Bride Club ME as soon as they happen. You can find real life wedding stories and beautiful wedding venues, all on Bride Club ME.
DISCLAIMER – Source: Middle East Wedding Association. This information is subject to change pending further details. Official date of commence to be announced. Visist www.ilea-me.com/news for updates.