New Wedding Rules in Italy with Covid-19

Italian First Minister Mario Draghi

Covid-19 new wedding regulations in Italy.

Dear (Future) spouses, we thought it was good for you to continuously update the government measures relating to the pandemic’s containment in progress.

The wedding filed -given the conviviality of the events that characterize it- is undoubtedly more sensitive to the corona virus’s threat.

Considering that you will have to plan a trip here in Italy (for you and your guests) for your much-desired destination wedding, we recommend that you consult this section of our website, which will be regularly updated and translated from Italian into English to provide you significant information regarding covid-19 restrictions and protocols in regards to the weddings in Italy.

The legislation proposed below is “national.” Therefore, the governors of Italy’s regions may, from time to time, issue stricter restrictions.
Therefore, if you have any doubts or questions about the region where you would like to get married in the coming months/years, do not hesitate to contact us.

The measures listed below are arranged from the most recent to the least recent.

May 18, 2021. The law decree n.65 of the 18th May 2021 re-open the wedding ceremonies but the guests will have to stick to strict regulations.

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The Green pass to participate
All wedding participants must have a certificate of vaccination (complete cycle, therefore two doses for Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna and one for Johnson & Johnson), the recovery certificate (issued by the ASL or general practitioner) or a negative swab carried out in the 48 hours before the ceremony

Open spaces
It is recommended that events be held in open areas. In the event that closed environments are to be used, air exchange must always be guaranteed .

Masks and spacing
Diners indoors and outdoors will not be obliged to wear at least a surgical mask in cases of leaving their table (going to the bathroom, bar, etc.), provided they respect the interpersonal distance of 1 meter in the case of non-cohabiting subjects .

Appointment of the Covid manager
A Covid manager will have to be appointed who will have to deal with the preventive organization in order to ensure a ratio between control officers and guests of no less than 1 every 50 guests. Before the banquet it will be necessary to have the list of participants, their distribution at the tables, self-declarations on the green certification which must be kept for the 14 days following the event. This activity must be carried out in such a way as to avoid the formation of queues or gatherings .

Number of guests: no limits
There is no limit to the number of guests.

Green pass for guests
Upon arrival in the reception room, guests must hand over the “green pass” to prove that they have been vaccinated at least with the first dose but beyond the previous 15 days or with the double dose, or that they have recovered from Covid-19, or that they have performed a swab in the previous 48 hours. It is the faculty of the structure to organize a special screening area with antigen tests, carried out by health personnel, in order to reduce the risk of contagion during the event. In any case, guests will have to undergo a temperature measurement before entering the room.

For adjacent tables considering the size of the chairs, the minimum distance between them must be at least 2 meters (0.5 + 0.5 + 1m), considering the passage of the staff in the administration service. At the tables they have to be distributed and spaced so that the seats guarantee interpersonal distancing of at least 1 meter, except for tables made up of people who are not subject to interpersonal distancing as they are cohabitants. It is advisable to use place cards or other systems in order to make the positions at the tables stable.

The classic method of serving a self-service buffet is not permitted, while a service for selecting food on display or in show cooking mode, distributed by the dining room staff, is permitted, without prejudice to respect for interpersonal distance. It is recommended the use of barriers in such areas for the protection of food or interposing a safety distance between the food observation point of at least two meters. It is advisable to affix any horizontal signs that can facilitate compliance with the distance between people in the buffet or bar areas . It is not allowed to set up the buffet at the table, except in single-portion packaged. An exception to this requirement is the service to families of cohabitants, who will be able to share courses of food in a mixed way . We recommend the adoption of a single menu for the tableau marriage and individual menus for the exclusive use of the guest and the event, in order to reduce the service of the dining room staff at the tables.

Single-serving food
Sauces, bread, crackers, breadsticks can be given to customers in unpackaged single portions, but served directly with the use of tongs.

Bar and cocktail area
The administration in the bar stations or in the service counters of coffee, bitters, cocktails, is allowed in compliance with the interpersonal distancing between non-cohabitants, taking into account that no gathering must take place with respect to the service capacity of the counter.

Photographers will have to wear the surgical mask if they have to have an interpersonal distance of less than 1 meter from the customers and organize the photo shoot in a responsible way.
The musical groups will have to distance themselves from the public for at least 3 m, if they are not equipped with anti-droplet barriers near the microphone. They will have to wear the surgical mask only if they have to move to the internal common areas (go to the bathroom, to the bar, etc.). Particular attention and suitable disposable device must be used in the use of the microphone, if not strictly personal use. Shows or artistic performances of any kind are allowed as long as the interpersonal distance of one meter can always be respected .
It will be possible to dance but the events with dance in indoor spaces will be organized with predefined times, guaranteeing a per capita surface area of ​​2 square meters, enhancing the air exchange of the premises.


March 2, 2021. The DPCM decree  prohibits parties in indoor and outdoor places, including those resulting from civil and religious ceremonies.

February 23, 2021. The law decree (decreto legge) n. 15 of the 23rd february 2021 created a denomination of the national territories dividing it in zones.

They are called:
a) “White Zone“, the Regions in whose territories the weekly incidence of infections is less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for three consecutive weeks and which
place in a type 1 scenario, with a low level of risk;
b) “Orange zone“, the Regions in whose territories the weekly incidence of infections
it is more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and which are placed in
a type 2 scenario, with at least moderate risk level,
as well as those that, in the presence of a similar weekly incidence
of the infections, are placed in a type 1 scenario with a level of
high risk;
c) “Red zone“, the Regions in whose territories the weekly incidence of infections exceeds 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and which are placed in a type 3 scenario,
with at least moderate risk level;
d) “Yellow zone” the Regions in whose territories they are present
parameters other than those indicated in letters a), b), c). “.

Until March 27, 2021, the entire national territory is
any movement in and out between the territories of
different regions or autonomous provinces, except for motivated travel
from proven work needs or situations of necessity
or for health reasons. It is however allowed to return to the
own residence, domicile or home.

Until March 27, 2021, it is allowed in the Yellow Zone in
in the regional area and in the Orange Zone in the municipal area,
moving to a single inhabited private house, once a
day, in a period of time between 05:00 and hours
22:00, and within the limits of two more people than those therein
already cohabiting, in addition to minors under the age of 14 on which such persons
exercise parental responsibility and to disabled people o
non self-sufficient cohabitants. The measure referred to in this paragraph
it does not apply in the Red Zone.

If the mobility is limited to the territorial scope
municipal, are however allowed to travel from municipalities with
population not exceeding 5,000 inhabitants and for a distance not
greater than 30 kilometers from its borders, with the exception of
any case of travel to the provincial capitals.

From the date of entry into force of this decree, paragraph 4
of article 1 of the decree-law 14 January 2021, n. 2, is repealed.

The violation of the provisions referred to in Article 2 is
sanctioned pursuant to article 4 of the decree-law of 25 March 2020,
n. 19, converted, with amendments, by law 22 May 2020, n.

January 15, 2021. As stated with Article 1, paragraph 10, letter “n” of the President of the Council of Ministers’ Decree, all wedding receptions in indoor and outdoor places are suspended all over the Italian territory until march 5th, 2021.

December 3, 2020. According to Article 1 letter “n” of the President of the Council of Ministers’ Decree, all wedding receptions in indoor and outdoor places are suspended.

However, on the other hand, both religious and wedding civil ceremonies remain permitted if carried out in compliance with all the preventive measures for the containment of the infection from SARS-CoV-2.
For religious functions, are in effect the rules previously established with the protocol of annex A 2 of the decree of August 7 of the Government in agreement with the CEI are unchanged, which sets the maintenance of the interpersonal distance of at least 1 meter a mask used for respiratory protection tract. Access to the church can be regulated by volunteers who, equipped with disposable gloves and an evident sign of recognition, favor the guests’ entry and exit, respecting the interpersonal distance of at least 1.5 meters. It is also advisable to use multiple entrances, where present, distinguishing those reserved for entry from those intended for the exit. The same preventive measures also apply to civil rites, for which, where possible, the use of outdoor spaces is recommended. A legal body establishes the maximum capacity of worship or room where the ceremony will take place with a minimum distance of 1-meter side and frontal contour.

November 3, 2020.

Article 8 letter, “n” of the President of the Council of Ministers’ Decree provides that parties are prohibited in indoor and outdoor places, including those resulting from civil and religious ceremonies.

October 13, 2020.

Article 6 letter “n” of the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers October 13, 2020, establishes the holidays resulting from civil or religious ceremonies are allowed with the maximum participation of 30 people in compliance with the protocols and guidelines in force.

June 11, 2020.

In the Document of the Conference of the Regions of June 12, the “Guidelines” relating to wedding ceremonies appear for the first time, which is explicitly mentioned in the premise of the Decree of the Italian first Minister.

June 11, 2020

Regarding wedding receptions, the following rules apply:
In compliance with the general measures listed above and the protocols adopted for carrying out the rites (religious and civil), the following supplementary indications constitute specific guidelines for banquets as part of ceremonies such as weddings and similar events.
Provide adequate information on the prevention measures to be observed during the event.
Maintain the list of participants for 14 days.
Reorganize the spaces, ensure access to the event venue in an orderly manner, avoid gatherings of people, and ensure the maintenance of at least 1 meter of separation between users. If possible, organize separate routes for entry and exit.
The tables must be arranged in such a way as to ensure the maintenance of at least 1 meter of separation between guests, except people who, according to the provisions in force, are not subject to interpersonal distancing. This last aspect refers to individual responsibility.
Where possible, favor the use of outdoor spaces (e.g., gardens, terraces), always respecting the spacing of at least 1 meter. Ensure adequate cleaning and disinfection of the interior and any equipment before each use.
Guests must wear the mask indoors (when they are not seated at the table) and outdoors (if it is impossible to respect the distance of at least 1 meter). The service personnel in contact with guests must use the mask and frequent hand hygiene with sanitizing products.
It is possible to organize a buffet mode through administration by personnel in charge, excluding the possibility for guests to touch what is exposed and providing in any case, for guests and staff, the obligation to maintain the distance and the obligation to use of the mask to protect the respiratory tract. The self-service model can be allowed for buffets made exclusively with single-dose packaged products. In particular, the distribution of food must take place with organizational methods that avoid the formation of gatherings also through a reorganization of spaces concerning the size of the premises; Appropriate measures must also be assessed (e.g., signs on the ground, barriers, etc.) to ensure interpersonal distancing of at least one meter during the queue for access to the buffet.
For any musical performances by professionals, please refer to the instructions contained in the specification sheet. In any case, activities and opportunities for aggregation that does not allow the maintenance of an interpersonal distance of at least 1 meter must be avoided.

May 7, 2020

the agreement between the government and the Italian Bishops’ Conference is signed to share the protocol aimed at religious ceremonies’ safety. This text will be recalled several times in the government measures that will follow.

The following acts have currently lost their legal effect:

April 26, 2020

Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers April 26, 2020

This government act confirmed the suspension of civil and religious ceremonies;

April 10, 2020

Decree of the Italian Minister.This provision ordered the suspension of civil and religious ceremonies.

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