English weddings...30 is the magic number!
My two girls used to sing a song about 3 being the magic number. For weddings in England, the magic number is 30 for the foreseeable future. It may be magic for those who are happy with or already planning a small intimate wedding but for many this will not be the case. It is a step in the right direction but can be heart-breaking for couples who have upcoming weddings, in the planning stages or have had to cancel their plans altogether. Wherever you are in the process planning can be difficult and sometimes frustrating.
From the 4th of July…
In England small wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships of no more than 30 people will be allowable. This number includes all those attending the ceremony (including the couple, witnesses, officiants, and guests). The paid venue staff do not have to be included in the persons allowed.
Social Distancing of 2 metres should still be kept wherever possible and members from different households should avoid contact with one another. This may mean that the tradition of the father walking the bride down the aisle may need to be adapted if not from the same household as will other ceremonial traditions.
You can have recorded music and musical instruments that are not blown into such as an organ or piano. Singing or chanting will not be allowed for a group. One person may sing/chant If the venue has an appropriate plexi-glass fitted.
Hands will be washed before and after exchanging of rings and other ceremonial items.
Sadly, you will have to wait on celebrating after your ceremony as numbers for this are still limited to 6 people. Depending on your circumstances you may wish to go ahead with your marriage/civil partnership on your original date and work with your reception venue (if different) for an alternative date to celebrate your nuptials with friends and family when safe to do so. Many couples do this if they have a smaller destination wedding. Once home they have a celebration with friends and family. This is by no means ideal but is something to think about.
All parties involved your wedding (and planning) are having to adjust, be flexible and above all, have patience.
For those planning now, you should not stop planning! If you have not started, START NOW! The upcoming wedding seasons for 2021 and 2022 are going to be busy. With weddings rearranged from 2020 you will want to get your suppliers booked now!
Venues and suppliers have had time to update their sites (and websites), renovate, paint, and make themselves COVID -19 safe! They are ready for you! Louise, our white soft-top Beetle, has got in on the act and in line with hairdressers opening up, is having a new hairdo….a new mohair soft-top! Many suppliers, like Something Blue, are offering virtual tours, meetings and opening for viewings from July.
Here at Something Blue we will be valeting our cars to our usual high standard. We will arrive sparkling for your pick-up. Whilst you are in the church, we will then clean the interior of the car/s again. Being sure to clean every surface and door handle (although why would you touch the door handle? You have a chauffeur!). We will endeavour to keep you, your wedding party and us safe in your journey and photographs.
COVID19 should not discourage you from your dream wedding. Love endures and weddings will continue. They just may look a little different for a while. Follow the government website for updates
It is not the destination, but the journey and it is a long a winding road. ‘Blue’ and ‘Louise’ will be hitting the road visiting local wedding suppliers and venues to support small businesses in Sussex! Watch this blog for information on these adventures…