Change in regulations surrounding marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

A couple exchanging wedding rings Published Monday, 28th September 2020

The number of guests permitted to attend a marriage/civil partnership ceremony has been reduced from 30 to 15.

Ceremonies are still taking place with measures which ensure the safety of everyone but groups are now limited to 15 and still depend on the capacity of the venue, taking social distancing into consideration.

The group of 15 includes the couple and witnesses. Anyone working such as the officiants, photographer and caterer are not included in this number. Some aspects of the marriage or civil partnership ceremony remain restricted to follow Government guidelines. Everyone is required to wear a face covering unless exempt.

Despite this change in regulations Worcestershire Registration Services are still determined to give couples their dream celebration whilst keeping them safe, as they have been doing since July when ceremonies were able to take place again.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “We are keen to ensure couples can still celebrate this special time in their lives but must ensure they do so whilst sticking to the guidelines which set-out to keep everyone safe.”

“I would like to thank Worcestershire Registration Services for the hard work they have put in to ensure despite the regulations, couples still have the celebration they deserve.”

“We understand the difficulties faced by couples getting married in this period and I have no doubt the Registration Service will continue with this empathy following the latest announcement.”

Worcestershire Registration Services has registration offices in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Redditch and Worcester.

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