Lockdowns across the UK Mean that weddings and civil partnerships are currently very restricted.
Receptions are not allowed in any part of the UK, while ceremonies in England are only allowed to take place in exceptional circumstances.
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister has said he has “hope and belief that both the mass testing and the start of the roll out of the vaccine will mean that couples can get married “in the normal way” by summer of 2022.
What are the wedding rules around the UK?
It seems like a long time ago now but weddings were first banned during the first national lockdown that began on the 23rd March 2020.
Due to the latest lockdown the rules are that weddings are not currently allowed to take place anywhere in the UK, this is much stricter than it has been for the last few months.
But there are some exceptions to this:
In England, wedding and civil partnership ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, if one of the couple is seriously ill and not expected to recover. Up to 6 people can attend, not including those who work at the event.
In Scotland, wedding ceremonies can take place in approved venues. The maximum number of attendees is determined by buildings capacity, to allow social distancing between households.
In Northern Ireland, up to 25 people can attend a ceremony; although events with more than 15 people require a risk assessment. Face masks must be worn by guests.
If you feel your day will be too different from what you wanted, it is generally better to postpone rather than cancel.
Brides should be understanding that most of their suppliers will have had their businesses stopped overnight and will be struggling to keep their businesses alive. Behind every small business is a person that works hard for a wage to feed a family.
Many companies may have lost significant sums of money, so aim for a solution that works for everyone; this would be normally a postponement for new date without any fees or a fair deal that does not include exchanging money.
For example, if the wedding was on a Saturday or in peak season and the venue can’t offer an equivalent date its generally reasonable to ask for a fee reduction on remaining balance, or an upgrade.