Today the Scottish Government released a timetable for the easing of restrictions which can be read in full HERE.
Included is an extract showing that wedding ceremonies with receptions may indicatively take place from 26th April 2021 with 50 attendees, but unfortunately no alcohol is to be served.
We await further guidance on what this means in terms of for example; social distancing, face covers, live music and dancing. It’s also not yet clear when alcohol can be served and if that may be from the 17th May 2021.
What is great news for us all is that 2021 will be better for us and weddings shall be returning to normal over the next few months if the case and vaccine data continues to improve.
This week Scotland’s First Minister released an updated strategic framework detailing the planned easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Below is an extract of the Framework which can be read in full online HERE.
For now it clarifies the aspects being relaxed first whilst we remain in lockdown through to 26th April 2021. Thereafter it is expected each Council area will return to the tiered Level 0 to 4 system.
Fingers crossed for North, South & East Ayrshire being moved to at least Level 3 again when we can host weddings and small receptions with up to 20 attendees.
For those areas moving into Level 4 restrictions of the Scottish Government COVID-19 Strategic Framework later this evening, including South Ayrshire & East Ayrshire, here’s a simplified graphic of what we can and cannot do through to 11th December 2020.
Wedding ceremonies can still take place with up to 20 attendees. However wedding receptions are on hold for the next 3 weeks. Stay strong and most importantly stay safe.
Further details can be found on the Scottish Government website HERE
We are all getting used to the idea that life is going to remain a little different for some time yet.
Do you just want to get married though and don’t mind that only the very best of your family and friends will be attending?
If you want to say “I do” in a few weeks and need some help to organise it in accordance with the Scottish government COVID-19 guidance then we can take that stress away and make it happen for you.
For the next 6 months we are offering our Full Planning & Management Swallow Package for a reduced price of –
£495 for a date before 30th November 2020 (usually £795 in 2020)
£595 for a date before 31st March 2021 (usually £995 in 2021)
Sarah and Tracey can be available to you every day in the lead up to your big day, offering our personal attention to:
- Guide you step-by-step
- Source & secure your suppliers
- Manage your budget
- Design a complementary decoration scheme
- Help with the submission of your legal paperwork
- Co-ordinate proceedings of your day
- Offer a personal welcome, looking after you & your guests
Get in touch to check availability and let’s make it happen together!
Today small wedding ceremonies and receptions limited to 20 persons can go ahead! The 20 persons does need to include all guests including children and any suppliers you secure, with one exception and that’s the person officiating your marriage, i.e. a Minister, Celebrant or Registrar.
This is great news as you can now organise an intimate celebration with your most important family and friends following your legal vows.
Receptions however can only take place in regulated environments, such as a hotel or other such wedding venue which has permission to re-open with safe and secure covid-19 measures in place.
The Scottish Government guidance is changing regularly, sometimes daily or weekly, but we are on it and if in any doubt on what you can or cannot do please refer to the full publication HERE or contact us for some one to one advice.
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 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.
Scottish Government Routemap Update 25 June 2020
Today we heard the wonderful news that small outdoor weddings can take place again in Scotland from Monday 29th June 2020.
Minimal attendee guidance is no more than 8 persons including yourselves to be married and across no more than 3 households. The person who will conduct your ceremony is in addition to the 8 over 3 households.
So the 3 households needs to be based on:
- 1st household = the couple to be married, assuming they live together
- 2nd household = witness #1 who will sign the marriage schedule
- 3rd household = witness #2 who will sign the marriage schedule
If your two witnesses live together, then you can invite others from a third household, so long as the maximum number of guests does not exceed 8 persons.
Apart from the couple getting married, everyone needs to retain 2m social distancing.
The person conducting your ceremony will be able to guide on what symbolic gestures you can or cannot incorporate into your ceremony.
So we can be creative with choosing your ceremony location, be it; in your home garden, at the beach or on a hilltop. In Scotland you can be married anywhere at a safe location of your choice.
In July we should hear steps and indicative dates for when:
- weddings can take place indoors
- receptions can be planned with food & drink served after the ceremony
- when more than 8 guests can attend
Small steps, but we’re heading the right direction.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole was my own wedding song for walking up the aisle towards my husband at Blairquhan Castle in September 2007.
We’ve all been waiting for the rainbow and today we have hope for larger wedding celebrations to resume.
No dates yet, but this is a screenshot focussed on the Gatherings aspect of Scotland’s Routemap issued today.
To all our couples, this is great news and although Phase 4 may seem some way off, we’ll get there.