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For many couples hoping to marry in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown long-standing wedding plans and cherished dreams into disarray.

Following three months of national lockdown during which no marriage ceremonies were permitted, the gradual easing of lockdown measures means that weddings can take place again, under strict regulations. Here are the latest government guidelines for weddings in England.

Where can I get married?
A venue may only host weddings if it meets the government’s Covid-19 Secure requirements, which include rules about social distancing and sanitation measures that venues must follow.

How many guests can I invite to my wedding?
Currently, a maximum of 30 people can attend a wedding ceremony – this number includes the couple, the officiant and suppliers – with social distancing measures observed. These include keeping people from different households at least 2m apart, or 1m with risk mitigation measures.

Couples have been strongly advised against holding wedding receptions but, from August 1, this part of the guidance is changing. Wedding receptions with sit-down meals for up to 30 people will be permitted, as long as the venue is Covid-19 Secure.

Can I have a ‘normal’ wedding ceremony?
The government advises that ceremonies should be as short as is reasonably possible and mainly restricted to the legally binding elements.

Can people sing at my wedding?
Government guidance states that you should not sing, chant or shout at your wedding. Loud music that prompts people to raise their voices should also be avoided, due to an increased risk of infection from aerosol and droplets.

We’ve worked hard to ensure that our beautiful barn wedding venue is Covid-19 Secure, so that we can welcome couples back to enjoy their dream wedding at Coltsford Mill. Read more from our blog to find out how we’re still creating magical, unforgettable wedding days for our happy couples.