There has been so many rule changes of late and here at Sophie Warren Weddings we get a lot of Coronavirus related questions asking “what are the new wedding rules?”. With the announcement that wedding receptions and ceremonies can now go ahead for up to 30 people in England, here’s a breakdown to explain the current Coronavirus wedding rules.
Are wedding receptions and ceremonies allowed at the moment?
- First’s first, as of 15 August sit-down wedding receptions and ceremonies of up to 30 guests are now allowed to take place. Remember, this is currently only in England
- The number of people allowed to attend the wedding ceremony is based on a social distancing risk assessment made by the venue
What are the new Government guidelines about Coronavirus wedding restrictions?
- Venues can only reopen for weddings if they can do so safely and with safety measures in place
- Ceremonies are required to be kept as short and prompt as possible
- No food or drink is allowed to be consumed during the ceremony
- Hands must be washed before and after rings are exchanged; as few people as possible to handle the rings
- Frustratingly, no group singing or playing of instruments is allowed
Let me shower you with some good news…
- Beauty treatments that require close contact to the face are back on! Yes ladies, you’ll be able to get your eyebrows threaders, eyelash extensions done and a professional make-up artist booked also. Woo-hoo!
- What this means is that your makeup artist will be able to attend your home or venue to apply your look, but they must wear a face covering!
The next one is probably the biggest challenge of them all…
- 30 people can attend but only where there is space to socially distance. I have to say that I don’t think this next point has been made clear enough, the 30 people has to include guests, the officiant and any staff not employed by the venue which usually accounts for the photographer, videographer, wedding planner and any staff not employed by the venue. For dry hire wedding venues – this pretty much accounts for everyone!
- Track and trace: The venue should keep the details of everyone in attendance for at least 21 days thereafter, in the event of needing to trace them!
Will My Winter 2020 Wedding Happen?
Many of you who had booked a Spring or Summer wedding either rescheduled it to next year or postponed it to winter 2020. Right now the infection rate is dropping since the pandemic began and if this continues it’s likely a safe bet that your winter wedding will get the go ahead.
My recommendation as a UK wedding planner is to seek advice from your venue to ensure the continuation of all safety measures will be in place but to also understand your options should the infection rate start to increase within the Winter months. Be sure to also check in with your booked suppliers to triple check that everyone is still on hand to fulfil the services booked.
Should I still plan my wedding for 2021?
A big fat YES. As I mention in a previous blog here don’t stop dreaming, yes there might be some adjustments to how you approach planning, for example, being open to different seasons but you shouldn’t stop planning your big day.
There is too much doom and gloom and scaremongering going on right now and being able to immerse yourself in the wonderful journey that is wedding planning will give you the welcome distraction you need.
Coronavirus has impacted my wedding budget, how can I still get wedding planning support for my big day?
Planning a wedding is a massive undertaking at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Like many other businesses, I understand the need to flex and re-shape my services to accommodate those of you who are having to make some drastic, difficult financial cuts to your wedding budget as a result of the current situation.
My newly launched Virtual Wedding Planning service provides bespoke advice and support for couples who need an expert to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction at this difficult time. Delivered remotely and priced affordably, you’ll be able to mine me for information and pick my professional brain.
Where you’re at on your planning journey is unique to you, so my Virtual Wedding Planning consultations are carefully tailored to your specific needs.
I hope this guide has helped you to better understand the latest Coronavirus wedding rules. Looking for real-life lockdown wedding inspo? Check out this meaningful micro-wedding from here.
Stay safe and look after yourselves.