Coronavirus Restrictions for Weddings and Funerals

Current Restrictions on Weddings

March 2021 – At the moment wedding ceremonies can take place in England with up to 6 people including the couple permitted to attend. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in a Covid secure venue which is permitted to open or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.

Forthcoming changes to restrictions

The government recently set out a roadmap for easing of restrictions for weddings in England:

From NO EARLIER than 12th April up to 15 people including the couple can attend a wedding ceremony and reception. Anyone working is not included in this number. Receptions are not permitted. However, small gatherings can take place in line with social contact limits. Therefore, they may take place outdoors in a group of six, or two households (including support bubbles, if eligible to form one).

From NO EARLIER than 17th May up to 30 people can attend a wedding ceremony. Receptions can also proceed with up to 30 people in a COVID Secure indoor venue, or outdoors.

From NO EARLIER than 21st June there will be no restrictions

Please be aware that these dates may change depending on the circumstances relating to Coronavirus. Social distancing, wearing of masks and other restrictions may be required

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 later 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.

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 crematoria to allow 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.

Religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings, memorials and ash scatterings can also take place with up to 6 people in attendance. This number will rise to 15 people from 12th April.

No earlier than 17th May 30 people will be allowed to attend scattering of ashes, memorials, stone settings etc.

It is hoped that there will be no restrictions from 21st June however all these dates are dependent on specific criteria being reached in relation to public health.

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