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What are the new rules for getting married during lockdown??

Published by Di Symes 30.06.20

Like many wedding suppliers it has been a challenging time for us and extremely upsetting our lovely couples looking to tie the knot this year. We have been so fortunate to have been able to reschedule and accommodate all our couples and their pooches but there's still the remainder of the year to go and some are still in limbo as to what to do next! 

So following yesterday's announcement by the Gvt around weddings and what is and currently isn't allowed during lockdown, I thought it would be useful to share with you the most up to date information.

Whilst I personally see this as exciting and positive news, as generally things seem to be moving in the right direction, there are still a number of restrictions in place that could impact on what you may have in mind for your wedding and I have listed a few below. For the full advice please visit Gov UK website 

At present, legally-valid ceremonies or formations are strongly advised to go ahead only where they can be done in a COVID-19 secure environment. It is also advised that the ceremonies are kept as short as reasonably possible and limited as far as reasonably possible to the parts of the ceremonies that are required in order for the marriage or civil partnership to be legally binding. No more than 30 people should attend a marriage or civil partnership, where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue.

Any receptions that typically follow or accompany marriages or civil partnerships are strongly advised not to take place at this time. Small celebrations should only take place if following social distancing guidelines – i.e. in groups of up to two households indoors, or up to 6 people from different households outdoors.

The government is working with the wedding and civil partnership celebration industry on how receptions that typically follow or accompany marriages and civil partnerships could take place safely in the future.

Key principles for planning COVID-19 secure marriages and civil partnerships

During all activity linked to the marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation, all parties should adhere to social distancing guidelines. From 4 July, 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable), are acceptable.

From 4 July, gatherings of more than 30 people will be permitted but only in certain public places as set out in law. This will include all licensed venues where legal marriage ceremonies can take place however it is strongly advised that numbers are restricted to 30 for public health reasons.

Those operating venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent large gatherings or mass events from taking place.

The marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation

Singing, chanting and the use of musical instruments