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Would you be happy with a scaled-down wedding?

Some couples have already postponed their weddings once...

Delays to “Freedom Day” on June 21 mean weddings after this date must follow social distancing rules – so what will ceremonies look like now?

What are the main changes in a nutshell?

The current 30-people cap on weddings will still be lifted on June 21, but venues are now being asked to limit numbers based on space and to enforce social distancing measures. This means that the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place and venue staff, bands, photographers and anyone else involved in the wedding must be included in the headcount, as well as guests of all ages.

Some restrictions on ceremonies and receptions remain in place to enable them to take place safely. This includes Step 3 requirements on table service, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing.

What about outside events?

For events taking place in other venues, (such as a garden of a private home or on private land), organisers will need to make the space as safe as possible. A marquee or other structure in a private garden must have at least 50% of its walled area open at any time for it to be classed as ‘outdoors’ and for the limit based on safe capacity to apply.

Those planning on having more than 30 people in the chosen venue or outdoor space, must complete a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine how many attendees will be able to attend, and follow government guidance to make the event as safe as possible.

Will face coverings have to be worn?

Attendees and staff at a wedding ceremony or reception must wear a face covering (except when eating or drinking) however, there is no legal requirement to wear a face covering when outdoors at a ceremony or reception. This includes when taking place in a marquee, provided at least 50% of the walled area is open for it to be classed as ‘outdoors’.

Is dancing allowed?

Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple’s ‘first dance’. Dancefloors and other spaces for dancing must remain closed.

Speeches should be undertaken outside or in well ventilated areas wherever possible. Communal singing should not take place indoors.

Are you unhappy with the continuing wedding restrictions? Do you think weddings should be treated in the same way as football matches by showing proof of vaccinations and negative test results? Or would you be happy to attend a scaled-down wedding? Have you had a family wedding postponed already?

Would you be happy with a scaled-down wedding?

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viking
21st Jun 2021
0
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Very tricky, if the bride and groom have to wear a face mask during the ceremony, there will be no " watch my lips ",
Presumably the various faiths have made allowances for the necessary............I DO !! to be omitted.
stephtong
15th Jun 2021
0
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It’s about vows in front of family and friends.
You don’t need a huge crowd....just those who care for you both.
Ruth64
15th Jun 2021
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Fine for those already married saying they'd be happy with a scaled down wedding but not everyone is. Most couples want to share their special day with the people they love, family and friends. My son got married two months ago at the registery office because they have five children between them we had to watch from outside through a window not able to hear anything I wanted to hear them make their vows to each other. My daughter has proposed her wedding three times and moved venue once as the first was on a ship so enclosed, she was going to go ahead at the new venue but then numbers were reduced to 15 so they posponed again she is due to marry in August it is still unclear how many can attend due to social distancing and she also has no idea if the evening do can go ahead and yet football fans and concerts have taken place and the leaders of countries down in Cornwall hug and enjoy a barbecue together with no masks and no distancing. It is all so ludicrously unfair.
Cullomptmum
15th Jun 2021
2
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Sadly in today's society it's all about the wedding day, a concept I don't understand.
Marriage is about spending your life together, the wedding is just one day.
42% of marriages end in divorce, May be if those getting married weren't just enamoured by the lure of a huge wedding but think about their life together the UK divorce rate would be lower?
It takes just 5 people to get married, the celebrant, the couple and 2 witnesses. I would have been happy with that, I just wanted to be married to my husband.
Still happily married 35 years on.
jeanmark
15th Jun 2021
0
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Surely the marriage is the important thing, not how many people saw it happen!
Mell0wyellow
15th Jun 2021
0
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Given the video and photographic evidence from G7 that attendees did not follow social distancing, quarantine or indeed wear masks but instead did all the opposite it does beg the question why there are rules for one set of people and different for everyone else. Given that Boris clearly doesn't practice anything he preaches I don't see why anyone else should. He and all the other leaders know that this is the biggest hoax in history and they will all be held accountable as the sleeping masses start to wake up and see they've been 'ad good and proper!!
Helen Highwater
15th Jun 2021
4
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I certainly wouldn't have booked a big wedding any time this summer, it was obvious that variants would occur and cases would rise.

Have a small wedding; after all it's plighting your troth to your beloved that's the important thing, not the frock, the flowers, the food, the fizz! If you must have a big "do" wait until it's safe to do so. The venues, caterers etc. get two bookings, so surely it's win-win.
Bald123
15th Jun 2021
2
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I feel sorry for the caterers. One minute there are 100 guests the next 30 the next its everything cancelled and then reinstated. What a palarva!
MrsPat
15th Jun 2021
6
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My daughter is getting married next year and she is delighted that the guest list is scaled down- reduced cost and she doesn't have to invite a load of old relations she has not seen for years.
Marley444
15th Jun 2021
3
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This must be such a stressful time for those families who have been waiting to find out what the new restrictions would be. It is almost better for those wedding scheduled before 21st June who knew what the limits were and could plan with certainty accordingly. If it was my family I would scale it right back and still have the marriage ceremony and a small celebration and hope to plan something bigger at a later date, once restrictions have been totally removed. I can't imagine how unpleasant it would be to wear a mask at a wedding - a day that should be filled with smiles, that will be hidden 🙁

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