We know that lots of you have questions regarding COVID-19 and the impact it is having on your wedding business.
In this guide, we want to answer as many of your Coronavirus questions as possible, as well as share lots of updates and resources for you and your team.
While the governments of the UK have announced their roadmaps for easing Coronavirus restrictions, the schedules are subject to change depending on data. What's more, there are still details about the restarting of weddings that have yet to be confirmed. We've explained the latest Covid wedding rules, and will keep updating you with new information.
You're not alone in all this.
The UK Weddings Taskforce is working with UK governments, standing up for the wedding industry and getting as much official clarity as possible.
And at Hitched we'll provide you with advice and tools for navigating 2021 - and beyond.
Coronavirus & Your Wedding Business: FAQs
These are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the restarting of weddings during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Can I Do Weddings of 6 after 29th March in England or Are These for Special Circumstances Only?
Weddings can take place in England from 29th March with up to 6 people, including the couple.
Receptions are not permitted until 12th April, and then with a maximum of 15 people at a venue that is allowed to open.
Evening Receptions - Will this Be Just an Evening Meal or Will Parties/Discos with Dancing Be Permitted?
From 12th April, receptions of up to 15 people will be allowed as a sit-down meal, in venues that are permitted to open at that time with outdoor areas, such as pubs and restaurants.
Guests must be seated in groups of 6, or in two households.
These can take place in 'partially sheltered' marquees, but not in structures that are entirely or partly enclosed - 50% of the wall area must be open.
The government recommends that dancing is not permitted in step two, apart from the first dance.
Are Photographers/Suppliers/Members of Staff Included in the Number of People at a Wedding?
Restricted numbers included the couple and children of any age but not wedding suppliers.
Are Wedding Guests Allowed to Use the Accommodation on Site at a Venue?
"If the venue is allowed to open its accommodation within the step that we are in, yes," says planner Nina Beer of Occasion Queens. "If it is not then it is unlikely that this allowed. The accommodation needs to be self contained, like cottages, until the 17th May."
From 12th May, self-catering accommodation is set to re-open so long as there are no indoor facilities shared with other households. Hotels can reopen from 17th May in England and 26th April in Scotland. Wales and Northern Ireland remain TBC.
Can Wedding Receptions Be Inside in Steps One, Two or Three?
Is Live Music Allowed at Weddings in Any of the Stages?
Can Hotels Open for Weddings Before Step Two?
When Can Venue Visits Happen?
The likelihood is that this will be allowed whenever non-essential retail reopens - in England, that's due to happen from 12th April. However, venue visits may fall under indoor hospitality, in which case it would be 17th May.
When Can Bridal Boutiques Open?
In England, bridal boutiques are due to reopen from 12th April. In Scotland, a phased reopening is due from 5th April, with all non-essential shops open from 26th April. In Wales, the phased reopening of non-essential retailers begins on 22nd March, with all non-essential shops due to reopen by 12th April. In Northern Ireland, non-essential retail is due to open from 12th April. All these dates are subject to review.
Top Tips to Share With Your Clients
1. Postpone, Don’t Cancel
2. Don't Overlook Weekdays
3. Keep Planning
4. Create a Wedding Website
A dedicated wedding website is the easy way to keep guests updated, rather than contacting each household every time there's a change of plans.
5. Look to the Future
Resources for Your Clients
Here is a list of resources and articles that provide useful information and advice for your couples, including ideas for incorporating social distancing into their day and ideas for smaller weddings.
- How to Tell Guests You’re Postponing Your Wedding
- How to Live Stream Your Wedding: Our Top 5 Tips
- 12 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Your Original Wedding Date If You’ve Had to Postpone
- The 14 Best Places to Buy a Wedding Dress Online
- How to Find Your Wedding Venue During COVID-19
- How to Update Your Wedding for a Different Season: 31 Creative Ideas
- Self Care in Self Isolation: How to Stay Well as a Bride-To-Be
- Why You Should Consider a Midweek Wedding
- From Venue to Makeup Artist: How to Plan Your Entire Wedding Online
- How to Host a Virtual Hen Do During Lockdown
- This Is What It’s Like to Get Married During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Insurance During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- 33 Relatable Tweets that Sum up Social Distancing with Your Partner
- The Covid-19 Wedding Hashtags You Need to Use (and the Ones You Should Follow)
- The UK Venues Open for Virtual Tours and In-Person Showrounds
- Covid-19 Wedding Ideas: How to Ensure Guests Have the Best Time on Your Wedding Day
- Genius Ways to Incorporate Wedding Hand Sanitiser into Your Day
- 44 Stylish Wedding Face Masks for Couples and Guests
- 18 Things to Add to Your Wedding with Fewer Guests (& More Budget!)
- The Best Small Wedding Packages in the UK
- How to Plan a Wedding for 15 People: 35 Small Wedding Ideas
- 11 Ways to Include Absent Guests in Your Small Wedding or Elopement
Resources for Your Wedding Business
We've rounded up resource for your wedding business, from client insights to future-proofing ideas.
- How to Prepare Your Wedding Business During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- New Study: 87% of Couples Will Not Cancel Weddings Planned During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Wedding Businesses & COVID-19: The 8 Social Media Dos & Don’ts
- Wedding Business & COVID-19: Best Practices for Your Clients
- Wedding Businesses & Coronavirus: Your Legal Questions Answered
- Wedding Businesses and Covid-19: 5 Ways to Experiment with Different Wedding Formats
- 8 Things to Do Now That Will Help Your Wedding Business Later
- Top 5 Email Marketing Tips for Wedding Businesses
- 6 Free Marketing Ideas for Your Wedding Business