Two blokes get MARRIED just so they can host a rowdy 100-person party in Sydney and bypass Covid restrictions
- Two men held commitment ceremony to skirt NSW Covid gathering restrictions
- They had a non-legally binding wedding to invite 100 guests to a party in Sydney
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Two young men reportedly skirted New South Wales‘ Covid gathering restrictions by marrying one another in a backyard ceremony.
Peter and Jackson were married on November 12 in the backyard of a family home in Sydney’s lower north shore.
The duo decided to tie the knot ‘so they could have a 100 person party’, one of their friends told Brown Cardigan.
Under New South Wales Covid restrictions, outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people while indoor events are capped at 10.
But up to 150 people can attend a wedding as long as the venue maintains strict social distancing protocols.
Peter and Jackson were married on November 12 in the backyard of a Castlegrag family home in Sydney’s lower north shore
In photographs taken at the event, the two men stood hand in hand in front of a tall hedge as a woman – presumably the celebrant – read from a booklet.
The couple then posed for a photo while holding their certificate of commitment.
It appears as though the couple held a ‘commitment ceremony’ rather than a legally binding wedding.
Commitment ceremonies are popular among people who do not want to be married in the eyes of the law and were particularly common among same-sex couples before Australia amended the marriage laws in 2016.
The ceremonies are usually held with similar intention and components as a standard marriage ceremony, and are performed by a celebrant.
But the state or country wherein it is performed will not legally consider the couple to be married by law.
The couple then posed for a photo while holding their certificate of commitment
Similar ceremonies are used on reality television drama Married At First Sight, when couples say ‘I do’ to a complete stranger and agree to ride out the length of the show committed to one another.
A representative for Network Nine explained: ‘Each participant embarked on a commitment ceremony with a wedding celebrant with all due intention to commit fully to this union for the duration of the experiment.
‘At the end of the experiment, they are given the option to continue with the relationship or go their separate ways.’
The stunt attracted in excess of 18,000 online responses – most of which were impressed by the duo’s creativity.
Others insisted that they would be willing to do the same thing if restrictions don’t ease further soon.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Health to verify whether commitment ceremonies have the same Covid gathering restrictions as legally binding weddings.
The duo decided to tie the knot ‘so they could have a 100 person party’, one of their friends claimed