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Latest Government Wedding Guidelines

Announcement – 23rd September 2020

On 23rd September 2020 Boris Johnson announced that only 15 people will be able to attend weddings in England from Monday 28th September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. He said that this change could stay in force for the next six months.Weddings due to take place this weekend will be exempt from the new rule, which comes into effect on Monday.

The guidelines permit a ceremony and reception meal for up to 15 total, this includes the officiant and any suppliers like photographers but would not include suppliers like your wedding transport. It's important to note that for ceremonies, the for receptions, the 15 does not include suppliers or staff at the venue.

Boris also announced that from Thursday 24th September 2020 pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to offer table service and have to close at 10pm so any couples hosting a reception at a pub or restaurant will need to speak to their venue about how they can plan their day around the new rules.

What the official Government Advice says

Ceremonies must be kept “as short as reasonably possible” and limited to the legally binding parts

No more than 15 people may attend, including the couple and staff at the venue

Ceremonies must be in a “COVID-19 secure environment” with guests following the 2 metre rule, or “1 metre plus” where extra safety measures like masks are used

The floor should be marked with tape or paint to help people maintain social distancing

No food and drink can be consumed as part of the service, such as during a communion

Hands must be washed before and after rings are exchanged; as few people as possible to handle the rings

Couples and officiants are not allowed to speak with raised voices, such as when exchanging vows

Raised voices should be avoided, so recordings are recommended instead of group singing, and music played at a level where guests do not need to shout over it

Playing wind or blown instruments should be avoided

Mitigate risk factors by avoiding face-to-face seating, reducing the number of guests in an enclosed space, improving ventilation, using protective screen and face coverings, and restricting access to non-essential areas

Couples can follow their wedding ceremony with a sit-down meal of up to 15 people.

Wearing Masks

It is not necessary to wear a facemask in your wedding transport (if booked via a wedding transport supplier) it is however mandatory in a taxi or private hire company. Masks should be worn throughout the wedding ceremony, and should not be removed by guests, the officiant or the photographer. The couple may temporarily remove their mask while saying their vows and for a short time for photos, but the latest NHS advice is that a face covering should be worn at all times indoors around those who aren't in your social bubble. If you officiant would prefer you wear a mask during your vows, you must respect their wishes.These guidelines particularly apply to indoor ceremonies. You may find that a face mask is not necessary outside if guests are socially distanced and sit within their bubbles. Inside a pub or restaurant, face masks are not required while eating and drinking.

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