Coronavirus - Can Weddings and Civil Partnerships Go Ahead in the UK?

September 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

With the ongoing coronavirus situation forcing regular reviews and changes to regulations by the government, Guides for Brides have published a summary of all the current regulations and guidance for weddings in the UK. They have highlighted differences between each nation and the latest update is always posted near the top and dated and the article is regularly being updated as the latest news comes in.

Of particular note, according to the official government document relating to the new limit of 15 people at a wedding, Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do, dated 22 September 2020, it has been confirmed that “anyone working is not counted as part of the limit”.

2.9 Can weddings and civil partnership ceremonies go ahead?
Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions must only take place in COVID-19 Secure venues or in public outdoor spaces. From 28 September, weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people. Receptions must be sit down meals. Anyone working is not counted as part of the limit.

Within these larger gatherings, people do not need to limit their interaction to groups of 6, but social distancing should still be followed between people not in the same household or support bubble.

This is significant given the new limit of 15 people at a wedding, down from 30 people, and from my interpretation, this will not include your photographer or other suppliers considered to be working - this has been a concern with some of my couples looking to plan their now smaller wedding. Also of note, the so-called “rule of 6” need not apply at these larger gatherings.

See the full Guide for Brides article for all the latest news and updates.


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