With small weddings in places of worship now allowed to go ahead in the UK, this is good news for many planning to get married this summer.
But what do the rules mean and how can you still celebrate with the regulations in place? We’ve put together some tips for how to have a smaller, scaled back wedding day that will be just as special. Restrictions will vary by region, so make sure you check government advice before going ahead with any plans.
Keep the Guest List Small
In England, the guidelines state that no more than 30 people attend weddings, which includes the officiant and any staff not employed by the venue, such as a photographer.
Keep your list down to your nearest and dearest. This will make your wedding much more intimate and special, and each guest will feel truly honoured to be part of your special day.
If you have a lot of family and friends, why not get someone to film the ceremony and livestream it on social media? This is a fun alternative and means that your loved ones still get to take part in your special day. They can have their own parties at home while they watch, so they don’t miss out on the action.
Can I Have Music?
With a need to keep guestlists small and restrictions on live music, playing pre-recorded music is a much safer option – and budget friendly!
With an audio player you’ll be able to connect your phone to play music or use a CD. If you’re really set on having your own live music, why not get a band or group to pre-record it before the ceremony
Have an Intimate Reception
The current guidelines advise against receptions after the ceremony. With groups of up to 6 people allowed to gather outside and 2 households allowed to meet inside, we suggest holding a small reception with your closest loved ones. Why not have a picnic at a local beauty spot to celebrate your marriage?
If you really want to celebrate with your family and friends – why not prolong your reception over a few days, so that you can celebrate with everyone in groups of 6 at a time.
The other option is to host your wedding reception online. With zoom quizzes and online hen parties becoming the norm, why not take your wedding celebrations online too! Get your friends to organise games and quizzes, give speeches and play music for everyone to enjoy.
Take Lots of Pictures
With a reduced guest list, taking pictures is more important than ever. You’ll want plenty of nice wedding photos that you can show to anyone who couldn’t make it.
A wedding is a special moment in your life, and you’ll want to look back at all the beautiful memories you made that day.
Why not ask your guests to get involved and take their own photos and videos!
If you don’t fancy getting married with the new guidelines, your other option is to postpone. Many venues have flexible options for postponing until things get back to normal.
You’ll need to make sure everyone knows the date has changed. We’ll take away the hassle with our new personalised Change the Date cards. Make it special with a personalised change the date card and let everyone know the party will go ahead another day!
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