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Covid-19 Wedding Guidance

​As we continue to adjust to the new way of doing things, we’re seeing more couples opting to go ahead with their wedding day instead of postponing. For those of you who are going ahead, or still deciding, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the current guidelines, and the points we think are key to take on board. All information below is from the new guidance given on 15th August 2020:

  • Legally-valid wedding/civil partnership ceremonies and receptions (or other wedding celebrations) can go ahead only where they can be carried out in a Covid-19 secure environment. This means they cannot take place in private homes as these would not have the same measures in place as Covid-19 secure venues.

  • The maximum capacity for both marriage or civil partnership and reception/celebration is 30 guests and this includes the couple, guests and third party suppliers such as the photographer or security (however does not include venue staff or third-party catering staff).

  • All parties should adhere to social distancing guidelines. 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not possible), are acceptable.

  • It is at the venue manager’s discretion whether they consider it safe for the venue to be open and safe to proceed.

  • No food or drink should be consumed during the marriage or civil partnership unless required for the purposes of solemnisation.

  • Hands must be washed before and after the exchanging of rings, and rings should be handled by as few people as possible.

  • During the reception or celebration, wherever possible, all food and drinks should be served by staff to minimise customer self-service, in line with the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.

  • Dancing should not be permitted due to the increased risk of transmission.

  • Both professionals and non-professionals can conduct indoor performances with audiences in line with the guidelines for ‘people working in the performing arts’.

  • Other activities such as cake-cutting can take place with keeping social distancing in mind.

  • Speeches should be undertaken outside or in well ventilated areas wherever possible. Social distancing between the speaker and observers should be maintained at all times and speakers should not raise their voices.

This was a quick snapshot of the guidelines for those of you who have been confused by all the new rules. To read the wedding guidelines in full detail, please visit:

Keeping in mind social distancing and a limit of 30 guests, it is still possible for you to go ahead and have a day to remember!

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