What are the new wedding rules?

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Photo credit: Benjamin Wheeler
Photo credit: Benjamin Wheeler

If you’re a bride-to-be this year, or you postponed your 2020 nuptials because of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, then you might be looking for some clarity.

This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK would be extending current restrictions for a further four weeks - instead of lifting all restrictions on 21 June as originally planned - leaving many brides wondering what it all means for weddings.

In good news for those planning larger celebrations, there will be no legal limits on the number of guests allowed at weddings, reports the Telegraph.

But, while there will be no restriction on the guestlist, weddings will have to be socially distanced, which could limit the number of guests who can attend safely, depending on your venue.

Below, we've wrapped up everything you need to know:

What changes from 21 June?

  • Venues must be Covid-secure and operate with table service for food and drink

  • A maximum of six guests can sit at each table

  • Dancing is banned at indoor venues. If a wedding is on private outdoor land, dancing is advised against but not illegal

  • Musicians and DJs are allowed with a maximum of six performers indoors and up to 30 performers outdoors

  • Masks must be worn by guests during the ceremony, but the couple and officiant don't need to wear one

  • Singing at the ceremony is banned indoors, but a small group of singers can perform if socially distanced

The easing of restrictions in England is currently delayed until 19 July.

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