|As many of you are already aware, we are professional-level members of the leading UK membership body for Wedding Planners, the UKAWP. |
As well as keeping a very close eye on the guidance regarding weddings and coronavirus to keep our wedding planning and wedding design clients informed, we’ve also been kept up to date by the UKAWP throughout the pandemic.
Today, we’re going to share with you, verbatim, the information that’s been shared with us regarding the latest government guidance regarding weddings during the pandemic.
It may not provide any further clarity than the blog post we recently wrote (take a look here), but, it does reiterate the UKAWP interpretation of the latest government advice.
Please see the guidance below from Bernadette Chapman, Wedding Business Consultant and head of the UKAWP.
“Summary of the key guidelines
It is now possible to have a civil ceremony or religious ceremony in England Provided you can meet the legal requirements to marry (giving notice, reading of banns or special licence from the bishop
Ceremonies are for a maximum of 30 people
Guests must maintain a social distance of 2 metres or 1 metre The 30 people includes the couple, suppliers and registrar/priest
Receptions are strongly advised not to take place at this time.
Small celebrations should only take place if following social distancing guidelines – i.e. in groups of up to two households indoors, or up to 6 people from different households outdoors. Large receptions and parties should not take place
Please be aware not all venues will open, you will need to contact them first. Venues will only open if they deem it safe to do so This applies to venues and places of worship
It has been advised that ceremonies are as short as possible, the traditional length of ceremonies is below so I would make an assumption that all ceremonies will be cut down in half:
30 minutes for a civil ceremony
40-60 minutes for a church of England ceremony
60 minutes for a catholic ceremony
No food or drink can be consumed as part of the event Rings should be handled by as few people as possible and hands washed beforehand
In terms of music / singing
People should avoid chanting or singing or playing music loud that results in voices being raised. This is due to risk involved with transmission of the coronavirus virus Instruments that need to be blown into should be avoided EVEN if social distancing is followed No communal singing, pre recordings are advised instead
At the venue, avoid seating which is face to face
Change layouts to accommodate this if necessary Reduce number of people in any enclosed space Consider asking guests to wear masks People from different households should maintain social distance
Reusable items like hymn books or prayer mats should be removed
Cash donations should be discouraged“
If you’d like to chat with our wedding planning team about the impact of coronavirus on your 2020 or 2021 wedding, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or email@example.com