The government published new guidance on weddings in #England earlier this week which will allow ceremonies of up to 30 people but will advise against receptions.

From 4th July, wedding and civil partnerships can go ahead but with only 30 people, including the couple, staff such as a photographer and witnesses.

People should socially distance, singing should not take place and hands must be washed before exchanging rings.

Receptions should be small, with only two households able to meet indoors.

Since lockdown began on 23rd March, weddings in England have been banned under almost all circumstances.

Under the new guidance for England released on Monday, small wedding and civil partnership ceremonies are allowed to go ahead only when they can be done safely and follow social distancing guidelines.

The advice says:

Ceremonies should be kept “as short as reasonably possible” and limited as much as possible to just the parts that are legally binding.

No more than 30 people should attend.

Everyone should follow the 2m rule if possible, or 1m with extra safety measures.

No food and drink should be consumed as part of the event.

Hands should be washed before and after the exchanging of rings, and the rings should be handled by as few people as possible.

Singing, shouting or playing music at a volume that means people have to raise their voice should all be avoided. Instead of singing, recordings are suggested.

Speaking during the ceremony – for example saying the responses to the vows – should not be in a raised voice.

Playing instruments that are blown into should be avoided.

When singing or chanting is required, only one person is allowed to and the couple or venue should consider installing a clear screen.

Venues frequently used for weddings should mark the floor with tape or paint to help people maintain social distance.