Wedding rules update: What does Boris Johnson update mean for your wedding?07/31/2020
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Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will no longer be allowed from August 1. The UK Government has changed the rules due to a surge in COVID-19 infections across the nation.
Weddings have been able to resume since July 4, with up to 30 people able to attend the service while social distancing.
Only two households can currently attend a reception held indoors, though.
This was set to change, with up to 30 people allowed to attend wedding receptions from August 1.
However, at this afternoon’s media briefing, Boris Johnson announced that this change would not go ahead.
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The Prime Minister went back on several changes expected to happen on August 1 at today’s briefing.
He said: “Until August 15, at the earliest, casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close contact services must remain closed.
“Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger crowds in sport venues and conference centres will not take place and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies, of course, can continue to take place in line with covid secure guidelines.”
So what does this mean for YOUR wedding?
The above rules apply to England, but changes to wedding rules differ in the devolved nations.
In Northern Ireland, weddings of up to 10 people are allowed but only outside.
In Wales, you can get married in a small and socially distance ceremony at a registry office or place of worship.
In Scotland, only outdoor ceremonies are allowed with guests from no more than three different households.
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In England, wedding ceremonies should be kept “as short as reasonably possible” and limited to what is legally binding.
Out of these 30 guests, only two households should be present.
You are “strongly advised” not to have a wedding reception, and if you do only two households can attend an indoor reception.
If you choose to have an outdoor reception, only six guests from different households can attend.
Laying out food and drink is not advised, and everyone will need to socially distance.
Hymns aren’t allowed, with singing playing a role in transmitting the virus.
The tradition of being walked down the aisle by your father is also off-limits unless you live in the same household.
All of the advice is just guidelines, not legal requirements.
A section on the Government’s site explains that the word “should”, for example when used in guidelines such as “No more than 30 people should attend a marriage or civil partnership” implies the statement is just advice.
You could legally have a larger ceremony, but this is a risk to yourself and your guests.
Individual wedding venues may have additional restrictions.
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