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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 23 September 2020 at 09:38

The latest guidance for weddings and civil partnerships is as follows: 

From Monday 28 September 2020, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people (down from 30). Other significant standalone life events will be subject to the ‘rule of six’ limits, except funerals.

Read the full changes to coronavrius restrictions on here - announced 22 September. 


More guidance for weddings and civil partnerships

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Receptions for weddings and civil partnerships can take place, but only in a COVID-19 secure venue with Government restrictions applied. Please talk to your venues for full information.
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