Coronavirus update: Are Weddings Allowed in England?

Updated: Jul 2


I say Boris, can these folks get hitched yet or what?

Update: 02.07.2020

Humanists UK have sought clarification about the permitting of humanist ceremonies and as initially detailed below as 23.6.20 humanist ceremonies are go!


Update 29.6.20

Government guidance suggests that only religious and legally recognised ceremonies are currently permitted. Humanists UK are seeking clarification on this discriminatory action.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships


Update 23.6.20 detailing actions from the 4th of July 2020.


Is this the announcement we have all been waiting for?

Well yes and no.


Last night the Prime Minister announced that places of worship would be able to open and hold wedding ceremonies of up to 30 people. According to the official government website however ANY wedding with less than 30 guests can now go ahead. Hurrah!

See point 1.17 of this guidance here >>


What's the catch then?


Only the CEREMONY is permitted. Any celebrations after the ceremony are still limited to 6 people/support bubbles (that's this guidance here>>).


What does that mean for humanist/celebrant-led ceremonies?

  • You can hold a humanist/celebrant-led or registrar-led wedding ceremony at a venue of your choice for up to 30 guests.

  • You can hold a reception outdoors after a ceremony for up to 6 people (i.e. you as a couple and 4 guests).

  • You can legally marry with a registrar at a licensed venue for up to 30 guests (but local rules will apply so please check in with your local registrars) and have a big shindig with a humanist ceremony when lockdown is lifted (1st anniversary perhaps?).


I know, for some, this is not the news you are after and you're having to wait a long time for your special day or you are still completely in limbo. Please take care of yourselves. I am sending love to you all.


I will update whenever I can.


Lisa


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Lisa Bourne is an accredited Humanists UK celebrant, a member of the Humanist CeremoniesTM celebrant network and a member of West Yorkshire Humanists. For more information on Humanism, humanist principles and Humanists UK please see humanism.org.uk

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