June 14th 2021 update.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, there will be no legal limits on the number of guests allowed at weddings from June 21st 2021 which brings a welcome return of traditional big weddings.
That said there is a but!
- There will be no cap on the number of guests but weddings will have to adhere to social distancing, which could limit the number of guests that can safely be accommodated in a venue.
- Venues must be Covid-secure and may only offer table service for food and drink. Each table may seat a maximum of six guests. As such, stand-up drinks receptions remain banned at both indoor and outdoor venues. Risk assessments will need to take place at all indoor and outdoor venues, including private homes.
- The existing rules on social contact will apply to private homes treated as wedding locations. This means that up to six people only or two households may congregate inside. An exception to this is allowed for deathbed weddings held in a private home, up to 30 people may attend such an event.
- Dancing will be not be permitted at indoor venues. If a reception takes place on private land and outdoors (such as a garden), dancing is a slightly grey area in so much as it is advised against but not technically illegal.
- Musical performances will be permitted but only with a maximum of six performers in an indoor setting and up to 30 performers in an outdoor setting.
- Currently, the government has not made it compulsory for there to be a “one metre plus” distance between guests, but has emphasised the need for people to “exercise caution”.
- Face coverings remain mandatory for guests during the ceremony. The couple and the officiant(s) do not need to wear one. At the ceremony, communal singing (eg, a congregation) is not permitted indoors, this is to reduce risk of airborne transmission of the virus however, a small group of singers may perform if social distancing is maintained.
As for the more long-term future of weddings and civil partnerships all we can do is to try and remain positive. There is some other light at the end of the tunnel and that is the proposed change in the law to weddings and civil partnerships. We truly do hope that this comes into being as soon as possible and alongside the lifting of restrictions the future can be bright for all couples planning a wedding and all those services which will help them to make the happy couple’s plans turn into reality.
Just as soon as further information emerges we will publish it here on this page, so as the saying goes, watch this space!
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