Coronavirus: New guidance and what this means for your wedding in Suffolk
You’ve heard the new government guidelines for weddings. You’re now allowed up to 30 people, but what does this mean for your wedding in Suffolk?
What can you do?
30 friends and family are allowed but this includes you, your partner, the officiant of your wedding and any other suppliers involved for the day. I.e. the photographer. But please check with your venue/registry office because some are only allowing a much smaller number as they feel that is what they can hold safely, within covid regulations.
Social distancing up to 2 meters should still be adhered to where you can, at all times.
They are advising shorter ceremonies with just legal vows needed to bind the marriage.
Hands must be washed before and after the handling of your wedding rings.
Infants involved in the ceremony must be held.
What can’t you do?
No singing of hymns, spoken responses or use of musical instruments that are blown into.
No food or drink is to be consumed at all, which also means no reception or wedding breakfast after your ceremony.
Lastly clinically vulnerable and the over 70s are advised to stay at home still.
See the gov website for the full breakdown.
As of the 1st August, small receptions of up to 30 people (again that includes all your suppliers) can now take place after the ceremony .
Coronavirus weddings in Suffolk
But all is not lost you can still have a beautiful wedding, if getting married now is your top priority.
It will be an intimate ceremony, which your venue or church will help guide you with. They will have COVID-19 measures and risk assessments in place by law.
You can have your seating spaced out to meet social distancing guidelines. Your décor can be used in such a way to fill the space.
You could use recordings for your hymns or music. Or if you have one singer they can wear a screen.
You could speak to your photographer/videographer who have been diversifying throughout lockdown, who may now offer live streaming for other family members and friends that can’t be there because of travel, or the new restrictions, so they can still be a part of your special day.
Coronavirus and your marriage in Suffolk
Above all you will be married, legally! Surrounded by your nearest and dearest. It may not be what you had originally planned or dreamed of, but for your first anniversary or when restrictions are completely lifted you could plan your reception.
Just think how big and amazing it will be. With all that extra time to save for it. You could have that magician you couldn’t quite budget for this year. Or that wedding planner for on the day management.
You could have your wedding video playing in the background over the wedding breakfast or even have a celebrant led ceremony with personilised vows to mark the occasion and your first wedding anniversary.
We are certainly heading in the right direction with weddings now some restrictions have been lifted, but we do still have a way to go yet.
If you need help organising your day and don’t understand how the new restrictions effect you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch I am more than happy to help you.
If you have postponed your wedding and would like ideas on how to celebrate your nearly wed day head over to my blog.
Thanks for reading
X Jodie x