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How To Have A Lockdown Wedding

Under the current lockdown which is due to end on 2 December 2020 weddings are not permitted to take place unless one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. If that is the case a ceremony with up to 6 attendees is permitted.

Whether this lockdown is extended remains to be seen but here are some common questions and answers for those that would like to have a wedding after the current lockdown wedding restriction ends.

How to reduce risks at wedding reception during the Covid-19 pandemic

Social distancing of at least 2 metres should be adhered to by guests that do not live together or are not part of a support bubble. Floor tape can help guests adhere to these guidelines. Guests should minimise touching property that belongs to others.

How many people can attend a wedding during the pandemic?

After the current lockdown which does not permit weddings to take place, we would expect the rules to change back to what they were prior to 5th November. That would mean in the UK up to 15 people can attend a wedding according to government guidelines. This applies to civil partnerships and alternative wedding ceremonies. There are some locations which have a very high local COVID alert level, wedding receptions in these locations cannot take place.

Do we need to wear masks at our wedding?

The law currently states that face coverings should be worn in places of worship so this would depend on where you are getting married. There are exceptions for those that are leading the service, the couple getting parried or joining in partnership and those officiating at the wedding.

Should I cancel my wedding because of lockdown?

Only you can answer this question. If you have always planned on having a large wedding then you may be best placed to wait until there are further developments with the pandemic that allow larger wedding ceremonies to take place. That said, if you prefer a more intimate ceremony with less people in attendance anyway it may be worth considering. When the wedding industry returns to normal there are expected to be huge waiting lists for venues that will likely further impact your plans.