When can weddings go ahead? The latest wedding rules in the UK

Take a look at the latest rules and restrictions around weddings in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Updated on 11 May 2021 • Written By Caroline Hendry

When can weddings go ahead? The latest wedding rules in the UK

Rules around weddings will change on May 17 in line with the UK's expected roadmap, Boris Johnson has confirmed. The announcement was made on Monday’s press conference - when it was also confirmed that overnight stays, indoor pub trips and hugging will also be permitted from Monday 17 May. Funerals can continue to go ahead with up to 30 mourners but the limit for weddings and other events is set to rise from 15 to 30, before rules are expected to be further relaxed from June 21 - when it is hopeful that weddings will be able to resume as normal.

So what are the rules when it comes to weddings in the UK? They vary by country so take a look at our simple explanation below:

What are the wedding rules in England?

Ceremonies must take place in a legal place of worship or in locations already permitted to be open under Covid guidelines. 17 May: Up to 30 guests are allowed at a ceremony and reception indoors and outdoors at a Covid-secure venue. This includes private gardens. 21 June (at the earliest): All restrictions around weddings will be removed.

What are the wedding rules in Scotland?

Up to 50 people - including the couple - are permitted to attend a wedding ceremony and reception, provided that the venue can allow for social distancing. Face coverings must be worn indoors and alcohol is permitted to be served. On 7 June Scotland hopes to move to Covid-protection level one, when this happens 100 people will be allowed to celebrate but the rules on face coverings and social distancing will remain.

What are the rules for Northern Ireland?

There is no limit on the number of guests permitted to attend a wedding but the venue must only allow what they can safely accommodate. Face coverings must be worn but all except those in the marriage party and receptions will not be allowed under 24 May at the earliest.

What are the wedding rules for Wales?

Weddings must take place in an approved premises with social distance. The venue must show that they have taken all reasonable measures to ensure a Covid-secure environment. Receptions are not permitted in private gardens and must be at an outside venue. Numbers are limited to 30 people - not including children under 11 and carers.

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