It’s been an anxious and long wait for couples due to tie the knot this year, along with the wedding industry as a whole, but there are brighter days ahead with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, including the easing of rules on weddings.
Here at Delamere Manor in Cheshire we were delighted to finally have some dates to work to and we’ve put together a handy guide of key dates and what it means for you and your partner if you’re hoping to book a 2021 or 2022 wedding.
During the first step of the roadmap, weddings are still only allowed in exceptional circumstances, and only six people can attend (including the bride and groom). That number does not include those working at the event and these rules are purely for a wedding/civil ceremony, not a reception.
Rules for weddings will relax ever so slightly with up to six people able to attend a wedding in any circumstance. Once again, that number includes the bride and groom but excludes any staff. At this stage, any reception would need to take place at a later date.
This is the date that we’ll really start to feel a difference. From this date, the number of people you can invite increases, with up to 15 people allowed to join you for your wedding ceremony and reception. There’s also lots of other positives around this date with the reopening of non-essential retail meaning you can have your hair, makeup and nails done, go for bridal and menswear fittings and visit jewellers to choose or pick up rings. You’ll also be able to have a honeymoon in the UK – with staycations in self-contained holiday accommodation now open for business.
If the data remains on track, the next step for weddings will be the increase in the number of people that can attend, with 30 people allowed from this date. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, by this date most of the rules surrounding social contact will be lifted and indoors the rule of six or up to two households will now be possible. This date also sees the likes of restaurants, hotels and B&Bs reopening, which means any guests invited to your wedding will now be able to book accommodation and stay overnight.
The date we’ve all been waiting for! From this date the government plans to remove any limits on social contact and lift all restrictions, including the number of guests allowed to join you at your wedding. The full details of what this means are yet to be published but it’s hoped this will include allowing music so we can once again hit the dance floor – something we’re really excited about here at Delamere Manor as it means our wedding parties can make the most of our private nightclub! As soon as we know more, we’ll be sure to let you know so keep an eye on our blogs and social channels.
While the roadmap does depend on the reduction of the virus meeting government criteria, there’s lots of optimism that weddings will be back on track by this summer and we’re working with lots of couples whose weddings were postponed last year, as well as those looking to get married later this year or in 2022.
If you’re looking for a beautiful wedding venue in Cheshire and would like to have a chat about the easing of restrictions and what this means for your big day or to find out availability for 2021 and 2022 the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor are here to help.