Monthly Archives: July 2020

Guidance for Small Marriages & Civil Partnerships in Scotland

On Thursday the Scottish Government issued the following guidance clarifying what “small marriages and civil partnerships” are.

You can view the full publication HERE

An excerpt of this publication is copied below:

“Ceremonies and registrations should be kept as short as possible and be limited, as far as reasonably possible, to the elements required in order for a valid marriage or civil partnership to be constituted. We are advising that no more than 20 people should attend a marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration, provided they can safely be accommodated with physical distancing in the venue. This suggested maximum includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, the celebrant, the witnesses, any interpreter and guests. It also includes any carers accompanying an attendee. It includes as well any staff who are not employed by the venue, such as a photographer, musicians or others a couple has employed for the purpose of the ceremony or registration.”

“This guidance does not deal with any separate celebrations, such as a reception, that might typically follow marriage ceremonies or civil partnership registrations. Small celebrations can only take place if following physical distancing guidelines and other guidance on gatherings and meeting in hospitality venues.”

Scottish Weddings to Take Place Indoors

Scottish Government Routemap Update 9 July 2020

Today the Scottish Government confirmed that from Wednesday 15th July 2020, a maximum of 20 people can attend a Scottish wedding ceremony either outdoors or indoors but the space must be able to accommodate each household socially distanced.

After the ceremony, an outdoor reception may be held for 15 of those guests across 5 households or an indoor reception may be held for 8 of those guests across 3 households.

The Scottish Government expect to review attendee numbers at the end of July 2020.  Another step closer to larger gatherings for special occasions.

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