All the rules you’ll have to follow at weddings in England as restrictions ease
Couples will be allowed to invite up to 15 guests to their weddings from Monday as lockdown restrictions ease.
This is more than double the six-person limit currently in place for ceremonies in England.
Receptions will also be back on the cards next week as a maximum of 15 people will be allowed to enjoy a sit down meal at an outdoor venue.
However, these receptions must take place at a Covid compliant venue – and not in people’s back gardens or in public outdoor spaces.
Over the coming months wedding restrictions will continue to ease, with the cap on guests for ceremonies and receptions rising to 30 people from May 17.
From June 21 the Government hopes to lift all limits on weddings.
Here are the current Covid rules for weddings:
The Government has warned that communal singing should not take place at weddings – even if social distancing is being observed and guests are wearing masks.
Officials said if singing is required for the solemnisation of the ceremony then it should be limited to one person if possible.
Playing loud music that people may have to shout over to be heard should also be avoided, the official advice suggested.
Everyone involved in the process of exchanging rings should wash their hands before and afterwards, according to the gov.uk website.
No food or drink should be consumed during the ceremony – unless it is required for solemnisation.
The wedding should also take place as quickly as possible and be limited to the absolutely necessary elements which ensure a marriage is lawful.
Social distancing measures
People should keep two metres apart from anyone they do not live with at weddings.
If it is not possible to keep this distance, stay a metre apart and take extra measures to prevent potential transmission of the disease.
Face masks must be worn in wedding venues – just like in supermarkets – and anyone refusing to follow this rule could be fined by police.
Venues should keep a temporary record of visitors for 21 days to assist the NHS Test and Trace service.
This is so any outbreaks can be investigated and contact tracers can reach out to people who may have caught the virus.
NHS QR code posters should also be displayed at venues so people can scan in if they want to.
Any books or communal resources such as service sheets, prayer mats and other religious materials should be removed to prevent transmission.
Instead single use alternatives can be provided, although they must be removed by the attendee.