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The latest information regarding wedding Registration Services, in relation to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

This information was last updated 5 August 2020

The latest guidance for weddings and civil partnerships is as follows: 
  • Gatherings of up to 30 people will be permitted but only in certain public places as set out in law and for the purpose of a marriage or civil partnership being formed. This will include all licensed venues where marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place.
  • At present, weddings and civil partnerships are strongly advised to go ahead only where they can be done in a Covid-19 secure environment. It is also advised that ceremonies are kept as short as reasonably possible and limited to the parts of the ceremonies that are required in order for a marriage or civil partnership to be legally binding under the law of England and Wales.  No more than 30 people should be present at a marriage or civil partnership, where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a Covid-19 secure venue. In some instances, due to the size of the ceremony venue room, this number may be less.  
  • This maximum number includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, witnesses, officiants and guests. It also includes any staff who are not employed by the venue, which may include photographers, security or caterers. 
  • Face coverings will be required by all guests at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies taking place in register offices or other approved venues. Face coverings will not have to be worn by the bride, groom or civil partners. 
  • For the purpose of a ceremony, the number of attendees should ideally be kept to a minimum as far as possible. The lower the number of attendees, the lower the risk of spreading the virus. 
  • Any individuals involved in the ceremony should not attend if they are unwell with symptoms of Covid-19. If either member of the couple have symptoms of Covid-19 the ceremony should not go ahead.
  • During any part of the marriage or civil partnership ceremony, all parties should adhere to social distancing guidelines and apply a two metre distance where viable.
  • Wedding receptions or parties should not currently be taking place and any celebration after the ceremony should follow the broader social distancing guidance of involving no more than two households in any location or, if outdoors, up to 6 people from different households.
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