Will My Wedding Be Affected?
By CAROLINE LANGHAM
Coronavirus and your wedding
UPDATED 23 FEBRUARY 2021
LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATES – ROADMAP FOR WEDDINGS
On 22 February Boris Johnson set out the Government’s four steps for easing lockdown in England and Wales.
We have been anxiously awaiting this news and hopeful for weddings to be included in this roadmap to re-opening the economy.
We are very pleased to say that the roadmap is pretty much as we envisaged in our COVID SAFE WEDDINGS page. and we are relieved that weddings are set to restart again from 8 March, albeit small at 6 people. Thankfully the regional Tiering system is now abolished and the whole of the country will be treated as one – This will make travel less of an issue for guests.
Here is our summary weddings roadmap:
- 8 March – Weddings for 6 can take, place
- 12 April – Weddings for 15 can take place
- 17 May – Weddings for 30 can take place
- 21 June – Wedding with no restrictions can take place
This is all very much dependant on the science at the time and the dates are “from” dates.
These images were taken from the official Government website.
What this means for weddings
Here is a summary from the Guides for Brides wedding blog:
STEP ONE – From 8 March :
Wedding ceremonies will be able to proceed with 6 attendees only but will no longer be limited to an exceptional circumstance.
What does Step 1 mean for weddings?
- Couples who simply wish to get married and have their small, legal ceremony will be able to do so from the 8th of March.
STEP TWO – From 29 March:
Weddings and receptions with up to 15 guests permitted.
What does Step 2 mean for weddings?
- Those getting married can use professional services for their hair, makeup and nail appointments.
- Bridal boutiques will be open
- Bridal alterations and fitting appointments
- Menswear and hire wear will be open
- Jewellers will be open
- You’ll be able to have a staycation honeymoon in self-contained holiday accommodation.
STEP THREE – From 12th April:
Weddings and wedding receptions will be allowed with 30 people.
What does Step 3 mean for weddings?
- We hope this implies less social distancing restrictions for outdoor ceremonies and receptions
- Guests will be able to stay in hotels before and after the event
STEP FOUR – From 1 June :
The government hopes that – from this date – restrictions on weddings and other social gatherings will be abolished.
What does step 4 mean for weddings?
- We are incredibly hopeful that this will allow for larger weddings over multiple days
- It is too early to be certain, but the implications are that music, dancing and hugging will be part of weddings again
SOURCES AND ADDITIONAL READING:
The following links provide the most up to date and relevant information that we feel will be useful to you.
GOVERNMENT LATEST ADVICE
National Government Guidance on the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK. Find out what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus
SHOW ROUNDS & FINAL PLANNING MEETINGS
At present due to risks associated with Coronavirus, and in an effort to protect our currently booked weddings, we are no longer offering face to face on-site meetings.
This applies to both Final Planning Meetings and Show Rounds.
We will be offering video links via either Skype or Zoom, or telephone calls until further notice.
If you require instructions for Skype or Zoom please contact me.
Thank you for your patience and understanding