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UK Government Clarifies New Wedding Rules Amid Confusion Around Receptions

UK Government Clarifies New Wedding Rules Amid Confusion Around Receptions

Lockdown left soon-to-be brides and grooms across the country wondering when - and under what guidelines - their weddings would be allowed to take place.

So when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the easing of lockdown measures for pubs, restaurants and hair salons earlier this week, ears were naturally pricked for wedding updates too.

In his speech, the PM confirmed that weddings could go ahead from 4th July, "subject to social distancing", with a cap on the numbers of guests.

Mr Johnson told the House of Commons that weddings with a maximum of 30 people would be allowed - news which will certainly be welcomed by many couples.

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Weddings with a maximum of 30 people will be allowed from 4th July (Credit: Unsplash)
Weddings with a maximum of 30 people will be allowed from 4th July (Credit: Unsplash)

However, there's an extra detail which may cause some disappointment.

Further reading of the official document which outlines the Government's rules on weddings reveals that, in fact, the 30-person rule only applies to weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, and not the receptions that follow them.

All of which means that you can have 30 of your nearest and dearest at your wedding, but are then required to send the majority of the guestlist home afterwards.

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When it comes to receptions, "the guidance of six people outdoors, support bubbles, or two households indoors or outdoors" still applies.

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The official guidelines read: "From 4 July, weddings and civil partnerships will be allowed to take place. You should only invite close friends and family, up to a maximum of 30 people."

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The statement continues by clarifying that: "Large wedding receptions or parties should of course not be taking place.

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"Wedding celebrations can only happen when people follow the guidance of six people outdoors, support bubbles, or two households indoors or outdoors.

"It is critical for these guidelines to be observed to keep you and your family and friends as safe as possible."

On hearing Boris' speech, many brides and grooms may have believed that the 30-person wedding rule applied to the whole day, reception included, and adjusted their plans accordingly.

But it remains the case that the measures are in place with good reason - to control the "R" rate of infection, keep the public safe, and save lives.

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As ever, the advice changes in line with the science, and there may be further updates in weeks to come - we'll let you know as soon as we hear more.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Weddings, Bride, Life News, lockdown, Boris Johnson

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.