Can weddings go ahead?
This updates information previously sent out in the following news bulletins...
- For all customers with ceremonies booked with Shropshire Council
- Important update re ceremonies booked for May, June and July
- Wedding ceremonies
Since the government update (10 May) stating a commitment to allow 'small' marriages and civil partnerships to take place as part of 'Phase 2' lockdown easing provisions we've been awaiting further clarification on when and where ceremonies could take place and what, if any, restrictions will apply. Unfortunately there is no good news to share. The current advice can be found on the Gov.UK website. In summary, it states:
1.20 Can weddings go ahead?
No, there’s no change at this time - you cannot gather in sufficient numbers indoors to enable a wedding ceremony. We understand the frustration couples planning a wedding must be feeling at this time. We are keeping these restrictions under review and will ease them as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to work closely with faith leaders and local government over the coming weeks to go through the practicalities of doing so.
Marriages and civil partnerships under the special procedure for those who are seriously ill and not expected to recover, are taking place in some cases where it is safe to do so in line with PHE guidance.
We've written to all of our couples who have ceremonies planned between June and the end of October advising them of the current position, and their options. If you have a ceremony booked with Shropshire Registration Service in one of these months and you've not heard from us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to update your contact information. Please keep checking this page for updates