Couples who had planned to get married this summer will be relieved to find out their nuptials can still go ahead. However, they might have to make some changes to their special day to adhere to recent government guidelines.
From this Saturday (July 4th), weddings can resume, having had to be shelved over the last couple of months due to the Covid-19 crisis. This is great news for brides and grooms who gambled on their Big Day still being able to take place over the summer months and didn’t cancel their plans.
Having said that, there are some restrictions they need to consider before they can say ‘I do’. Firstly, no more than 30 people can attend, and they all have to practice social distancing to ensure they do not infect one another with the virus, should they have it.
Of course, if any guest, or member of their family, have symptoms, they are not allowed to attend – including the bride and groom themselves!
Ceremonies also need to be as short as possible; food and drink cannot be consumed; children can only be carried or handled by their parents or guardians; and hands need to be washed straight after touching the rings.
Those who love music will be disappointed to hear that singing, shouting and playing music is banned, as it encourages people to raise their voices, which can increase the risk of transmission. What’s more, large receptions cannot take place after the ceremonies, with the focus of the day being the exchanging of the vows and not the celebration afterwards.
While brides and grooms will be glad to hear they can officially tie the knot sooner rather than later, with so many limitations in place, their special day might not look like what they had planned.
In this case, they might decide to postpone their nuptials after all till it is safe to have whatever they want for their dream wedding – from a large guest list and live band to a photo booth hire in Shropshire.