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Weddings and civil partnerships taking place again from Worcestershire

Mr and Mrs Hawthorne pose for the photographer as they walk down their wedding aisle. Published Wednesday, 8th July 2020

Worcestershire Registration Services is working hard to ensure couples can have their ceremony after the Government announced marriages and civil partnerships can take place again.

Weddings and civil partnerships were suspended in March due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, leaving 1400 in Worcestershire unsure of what would happen to their ceremony.

Ceremonies can now take place with measures which ensure the safety of everyone.

Groups are limited to 30, depending on the capacity of the wedding venue, taking social distancing into account and this includes the couple, Registrars, witnesses and photographer. Some aspects of the ceremony have also had to be restricted to follow Government guidelines.

Worcestershire Registration Services understands the necessary restrictions are limiting and is determined to work with couples to create their dream celebration, whether they choose to have a limited ceremony now with a celebration service at a later date or postpone their special day.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “I would like to thank Registration Services for their hard work in ensuring couples can have the celebration they hoped for now or further down the line.”

“It is clear Worcestershire Registration Services understand the difficulties faced by couples who were or are due to get married, this empathy is important at what should be such special time in these people’s lives.

The first wedding since restrictions eased took place on Saturday.

Thomas Hawthorne and Jemma Sear, now Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorne got married at The Granary Hotel in Shenstone, Kidderminster.

The venue went to great lengths to ensure the 2 metre social distancing requirements were met together with all Covid-19 safety measures whilst still creating a beautiful setting.

Sharon Caldwell, Registration Officer at Worcestershire Registration Services said: “The Granary Hotel did a brilliant job at maintaining all social distancing requirements whilst giving Mr and Mrs Hawthorne a day to remember.”

“Alison Wright and Jan Childe were the attending registrars and they pulled out all of the stops to ensure the couple had a wonderful ceremony, although there could be no cheering when the couple were announced Mr. and Mrs., there was a huge round of applause, lots of smiles and a sprinkle of confetti!”

More Worcestershire weddings will be officiated by the County Council’s registrars in the coming weeks.

For more information about wedding ceremonies and updated Government guidelines, please visit: https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20000/birth_death_marriage_civil_partnership_and_citizenship