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.