Wedding Ideas: Covid 19
Since the lifting of self-isolation requirements in England on the 24th February 2022, many are relieved to be able to plan their weddings with total confidence as well as celebrate their special day fully with friends and family. However, for vulnerable individuals, the lifting of restrictions may be a worry, causing them to feel exposed and unprotected.
A Timeline of Covid Restrictions and Related Events Affecting Weddings in England from March 2020 – February 2022
For 23 months, the UK has been under strict rules and guidance for protecting the public from Covid-19. The wedding industry has been heavily affected by these restrictions with the impact set to be felt for much longer than other sectors within the UK as a backlog of postponed weddings and related events are addressed.
If you’ve recently got engaged, you’ll want to know where to start your planning and whether Covid will have any impact on the planning process.
When it comes to Covid-safety, your guests' comfort levels will vary. Some will be delighted to be mixing despite the new variant and want to hug every person they see, while others (especially those who may have been shielding) will be more cautious. It is important to consider all of your guests and how they may be feeling about Covid while you are putting the finishing touches on your special day.
Last UPDATED: December 16th, 2021
From Wednesday 15th December, Plan B restrictions mean a few small changes in wedding regulations in England.
Key points: Masks are required by law for ceremonies in certain settings and this may now also include the couple and officiant. Masks aren't required for wedding receptions as they aren't practical in settings where eating, drinking and dancing and singing are involved.
Attendees at wedding ceremonies of 500+ will be exempt from showing proof of Covid status. Most wedding receptions are also exempt from Covid passes.
As every wedding is unique and every venue is different, you will notice that venues, event organisers and registrars will have different policies in place to comply with their own risk assessments. Plan B sets out the minimum legal requirements. Your venue or registrar may ask for guests and/or couples to test before attending and to wear masks, in order to keep attendees and staff safer.
Here we have a summary of all the current regulations and guidance for weddings in the UK. We have noted the differences between each nation and the latest update is always posted near the top and dated. This article is regularly being updated as the latest news comes in. The Government websites are the best place for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
Bridal boutiques, especially those that offer a made-to-measure service, will have measures in place to keep their staff safe from Covid and this often involves longer appointment times and a more personalised, private fitting. The challenge is that this limits the number of appointments they can offer. We recommend getting on your chosen boutique's waiting list as soon as you can or booking a virtual appointment if possible.
Here’s our guide to help you prepare for your shopping experience and know what you can expect.
To ensure that weddings continue to be safe and well-planned events with the easing of restrictions, The UK Weddings Taskforce has worked alongside Government to produce a risk matrix that can be used to look at how best to plan your wedding in order to keep yourself, your guests, and your suppliers as safe as possible. Here you can find their guide along with other resources from Government sources and Guides for Brides that will help you keep everyone safe at your wedding.
Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on June 14th, the new rules for weddings will come into effect from June 21st. Couples will be able to have more than 30 people at their wedding from that date, as long as there is space for social distancing.
There is a requirement that all reasonable steps will be taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19 at weddings.
The government guidance requires a risk assessment for all weddings taking place at a Covid-secure venue. If your wedding is taking place at a Covid-secure venue, they will be responsible for conducting the assessment.
But, if you’re organising your own wedding for over 30 people, for example in a private garden or outdoor public venue, you - the event organiser - will need to complete the risk assessment yourself. Here’s how…
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