Updated Guidance for Weddings During COVID-19 28/09/2020

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the increased spread of COVID-19, the government have had to put stricter limitations on weddings again (please note the below advice applies to legally-binding weddings in England only.)

There is now separate guidance pertaining to ceremonies and receptions which I'll detail separately below:


- No more than 15 people can attend a marriage ceremony including the couple and guests, but this does not include those working at the event.

- Should be undertaken in a COVID-19 secure environment.

- Ceremonies should be kept as small as possible, ideally limited to the parts of the ceremony that make the marriage legally binding.

- Guests hould observe social distancing from those they do not live with.

- Face masks should be worn with the exception of the officiant and couple being married.

If you’d like to read the government’s full guidance on ceremonies it is available here.

Receptions/Other Celebrations

- No more than 15 people may attend

- Must be a sit-down meal in a COVID-19 secure environment and may not take place at a private home.

- Venues hosting wedding receptions must be closed between 10pm and 5am. An exception to this is that attendees may stay overnight at the venue.

- All parties, especially separate households, should adhere to social distancing guidelines of 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation.

- Attendees should remain seated as much as possible and staff should serve the food.

- Attendees and staff must wear a face covering (except when eating or drinking).

- Singing in groups of more than 6 is not permitted.

- Dancing is also not permitted with the exception of the couple.

- No loud music is played, to minimise the need for customers to shout to communicate.

- Activities that involve objects being thrown (such as confetti or bouquet toss) should be avoided.

- Speeches should be undertaken outside or in well-ventilated areas wherever possible.

If you’d like to read the government’s full guidance on receptions it is available here.

When there are further updates regarding weddings I'll post about them on my blog.

If you need any advice or assistance during this pandemic please feel free to get in touch with me and I’ll do my best to help. My email is leah@leaholiviaweddings.com

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