Coronavirus Restrictions for Weddings and Funerals

Current Restrictions on Weddings

January 2021 – At the moment wedding ceremonies CANNOT take place in England unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. In these cases only up to 6 people may attend. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in a Covid secure venue or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances. .

I am so sorry if you have had your special day disrupted by the coronavirus situation. I understand that this will be extremely upsetting for you when you have been planning your perfect day and looking forward to declaring your love in front of all your family and friends.

If you’d like to organise a unique and intimate ceremony once restrictions are eased and then arrange for a registration of your marriage with the registration service when they reopen on another date please get in touch and I can explain how to do this.

Are you planning an intimate wedding with a celebration for all your family and friends at a later date? Why not include a short ceremony at the beginning of your celebration?

I can conduct a unique Wedding Celebration Ceremony at the beginning of the celebrations so you can renew your vows in the presence of ALL your family and friends. You can include music, poems, readings, symbolic rituals and an exchange of rings in your fully personalised ceremony. (See below for some ideas)

There will be a discount of 10% on my fees if your original plans have been disrupted by Coronavirus restrictions.

Current Restrictions on Funerals

When a loved one dies it is always a very difficult and upsetting time and if you have recently suffered a bereavement I would like to offer my sincere condolences. Social distancing restrictions are changing how funerals and burials are being conducted. This means that it can be even more difficult to say goodbye in the way you would have wished.

Currently Funerals are being restricted to a maximum of 30 people however this number is less at some some crematoria allowing for social distancing. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Many funeral directors and crematoria are arranging for live streaming or recording of the ceremony to allow people to attend virtually or see the ceremony later. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

If you have been unable to have a funeral ceremony or attendance was restricted it will be possible to have a Memorial Ceremony or an Interment or Scattering of Ashes ceremony at a later date. This will allow all family and friends can come together to celebrate the life of the person who has died, acknowledge their grief and say a final farewell. Please see details below about memorials and interment or scattering of ashes.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss your loved one’s funeral, a Memorial Ceremony or Scattering or Interment of Ashes Ceremony

If I conduct the funeral there will be no additional fee for a Memorial or Scattering/Interment of Ashes ceremony. For other Memorial or Scattering/Interment of Ashes Ceremonies following a COVID-19 restricted funeral there will be a 10% discount on my fees