New wedding rules: Are wedding receptions allowed?


The sound of wedding bells will soon be heard again as the Government gives the green light to happy couples. From July 4, couples will finally be able to say “I do” after months of postponing plans, causing heartbreak for many.

Are wedding receptions allowed?

All is not as it used to be – just yet, and the phrase ‘dream wedding’ is certainly not what you would have in mind when reading the new rules for nuptials.

A lot of elements that make a wedding a wedding have either been banned or amended in some way, to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Guests are being discouraged from singing, couples will need to wash their hands before and after exchanging rings, and after parties are not allowed.

  • Venues should take steps to prevent attendees from touching or kissing devotional objects that are handled communally.
  • Any rituals which require full immersion in water should be avoided, although small amounts of water can be splashed onto the body.
  • Any washing or ablution rituals should not be done at the venue and should instead take place before arrival.

The new guidance, due to come into place on July 4, opens up swathes of the UK economy as the Government attempts to take the country out of lockdown.

One localised lockdown has already been implemented in Leicester, with progress such as opening on non essential retail being undone.

On average, 1000 people per day are still testing positive for the virus, according to the Government’s own statistics.

The UK has the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, topping 43,000 direct deaths.


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