The latest government COVID advice regarding how many people can attend a wedding in England has been published, and as always, we’re here to help you make sense of something that’s otherwise very confusing!
If you’re getting married across the next six months, I’m sure yesterday’s Coronavirus briefing will have been most unwelcome, and you’ll likely need to make some tough decisions about your wedding. Following Boris Johnson’s announcement regarding guest numbers at English weddings yesterday, here’s the latest information for couples planning their wedding.
From Monday 28 September, wedding ceremonies and sit-down receptions will now have guest numbers cut from 30 to 15 people, leaving many couples deciding which of their wedding guests they need to cut from the guest list. The expectation is that these rules will remain in place for the next six months, which will impact all weddings between now and the end of March 2021.
I think it’s really important to pick up on a critical development which has gone mostly unnoticed in the latest guidance which reads as follows.
2.9 Can weddings and civil partnership ceremonies go ahead?
Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions must only take place in COVID-19 Secure venues or in public outdoor spaces. From 28 September, weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people. Receptions must be sit down meals. Anyone working is not counted as part of the limit.
Within these larger gatherings, people do not need to limit their interaction to groups of 6, but social distancing should still be followed between people not in the same household or support bubble.
So what do you notice here?
The important point to note is that whilst you now may only invite 15 guests instead of 30, any wedding suppliers or anybody working at your wedding is NOT included in your 15-person limit. Previously, the registrars or any other wedding supplier, including your wedding photographer and videographer would have been included in this limit which would have meant reducing your guest count.
I know that this still might feel like a drop in the ocean and if you’re in the position of having to change your wedding plans, I know this will be an incredibly challenging time for you.
At One Curious Dream, lots of our couples are now considering hosting a micro wedding with a sequel wedding across 2021 or 2022. This means you’d still proceed with a smaller, legal wedding ceremony across the next few months, followed by a huge celebration across the next couple of years. Lots of couples are opting to use a wedding celebrant at their sequel wedding, so your day will still very much feel real!
If you’re getting married across Norfolk or Suffolk and need a little help with switching up your wedding plans, why not get in touch to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation? You can reach our team of wedding planners on 01603 552103 or [email protected]