From 4 July lockdown measures will be eased in England, allowing weddings and civil partnerships to take place. 

They have been banned under health and safety restrictions on large groups since 23 March, with a few exceptions depending on the size and location of the ceremony. 

Under the new relaxed measures weddings of up to 30 people will be allowed to take place in England. 

In Wales and Scotland wedding ceremonies will also be able to take place, but large gatherings are not allowed. 

Outdoor weddings of up to 10 guests have been allowed in Northern Ireland since early June.

Wedding guidelines in England

The government have released a set of rules and guidelines to ensure weddings are ‘covid secure’ and safe for all involved.

The ceremony

Weddings are only permitted in certain public places, they must take place in licensed venues.

Weddings will be allowed from July 4

It is advised that wedding ceremonies are kept as short as possible, and limited to just what is required to legally complete the marriage. 

Religious communities should try to adapt traditional religious aspects that take an extended amount of time, to limit the risk of infection and ensure the safety of guests. 

No food or drink should be consumed as part of the event, unless required for the purposes of solemnisation.

It is advised that receptions that typically follow the marriage do not go ahead.

Those wishing to celebrate after the ceremony should adhere to the guidelines on social gatherings.

Under these rules up to two households can meet indoors, or up to six people from different households can gather outdoors.

Guests

No more than 30 people should attending a wedding, this includes the couple, the witnesses, officiants and guests.

It also includes anyone not employed by the venue such as wedding photographers or caterers.

Venue staff are exempt from the 30 person limit. 

The rings should be handled by as few people as possible, and all should ensure they regularly wash or sanitise their hands.

No more than 30 people will be allowed at a wedding

People should avoid loud singing, chanting, playing music, or anything that makes normal conversation difficult resulting in people raising their voice.

By talking loudly or shouting there is an increased risk of transmission from aerosol droplets. 

Where required for the marriage or civil partnership, only one individual will be permitted to sing or chant.

Social distancing measures 

All guests should adhere to social distancing guidelines.

From the 4 July the 2 metre social distancing guideline will be relaxed to 1 metre with extra precautions taken. 

Venues should use floor markings to assist with maintaining social distancing, and to avoid crowding or gathering.

To further lower the risk of transmitting the disease, venues should consider avoiding face-to-face seating, improving ventilation and using perspex screens. 

Like other venues in the hospitality and retail sector, wedding venues will need to keep a temporary record of all visitors for 21 days, to assist with NHS Test and Trace in the event of an outbreak.