Boris’ new COVID rules for weddings - the latest!
Updated: Apr 2
As I’m keeping a beady eye on all wedding updates I thought I’d share the latest news from the Government on how and when weddings can take place in 2021. The UK Weddings Taskforce, a group set up with the government to help restart the industry, received confirmation that weddings and receptions would only be permitted for 15 guests between April 12 and May 16 in places of worship, public buildings, locations and outdoor settings that are already permitted to open.
However, the government has updated their guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships, confirming that wedding venues can host legal ceremonies from 12th April if licensed to do so.
And the good news - suppliers are not included in your guestlist numbers. So you can still bring in the pro’s to help take the pressure off and ensure you enjoy your day!
Here’s what we know so far:
Step 1 - up to 29 March
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies of 6 can take place but these should only be in exceptional circumstances.
Receptions are not permitted.
From 29 March
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can continue to take place for up to 6 people only but will no longer be limited to exceptional circumstances.
Receptions are not permitted. However, small gatherings can take place in line with social contact limits. Therefore, they may take place outdoors in a group of six, or two households (including support bubbles, if eligible to form one).
Step 2 - no earlier than 12 April
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 15 people in COVID-19 Secure venues that are permitted to open or where a broader exemption applies.
Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 30 people in COVID-19 Secure venues that are permitted to open.
Receptions can also proceed with up to 30 people in a COVID Secure indoor venue, or outdoors.
Further details on receptions at this step will be updated in due course.
Step 4 - no earlier than 21 June
At Step 4, the government aims to remove all limits on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions. This will be subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme, which will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events of larger sizes.
At each step, anyone working / wedding suppliers are not included in the limit for ceremonies or receptions weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. And receptions can only take place in venues that are permitted to be open at each step.
Of course, all this will only happen if these four conditions are met:
1. The vaccine programme continues to go to plan
2. There is ample evidence that the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment dramatically reduces
3. Infection rates and hospital admission rates must remain low
4. New variants of the virus do not tamper with the vaccine programme or infection rates.
Weddings are back in a big way - so make sure you get your booking in as soon as you know your date - click here for the latest trends
What about weddings due to take place throughout the rest of 2021?
Weddings are still back in a big way and you can use the roadmap in the earlier part of this article to see how many guests you'll be allowed at yours, but things are looking positive if all goes to plan.
Available dates and bookings
With couples getting back to their wedding plans and racing to book venues and suppliers it has been a very busy few weeks! So with 2020/21 brides rebooking their hair and makeup and then new brides for 2021/22 wanting to book for next year - it looks set to be a few years of non stop weddings!
There are some dates that get booked up early - June is a firm favourite so if you want a specific date - make sure you get in contact sooner rather and later to reserve your date.