On 22 February 2021 the Prime Minister announced his plans for emerging from the current lockdown and presented a roadmap with a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England. The plans apply to all areas of England from the dates specified but are subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step.
Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England
The changes planned are:
- Step 3: No earlier than 17 May – Legal limit of 30 attendees
- Step 4: No earlier than 21 June – No legal limit on attendees - Please note that the actual number of people able to attend a wedding or civil partnership ceremony will depend on how many people can be safely accommodated within the venue with social distancing, and where the venue manager has carried out a risk assessment and taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Please liaise with your venue regarding covid room capacities.
As is currently the case, the number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses, and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.
There is no change to social distancing rules or face covering guidance, which must continue to be worn by the guests inside at all venues.
The number of attendees permitted in our ceremony rooms continues to be limited to meet covid-secure requirements, however they have been re-assessed considering family bubbles and social distancing the following numbers have been agreed.
- Bloxam Room Rugby 24 guests if in 'bubbles'
- Henley Room Stratford 8 guests if in ' bubbles'
- Pageant House Warwick 22 guests if in 'bubbles'
- Riversley Park 18 guests if in ‘bubbles’
- Register office Warwick 2 witnesses only
The registrars and couple are not included in these figures.
Guidance will change periodically, and we plan to issue updates as and when any changes are published. Further details are available at gov.uk
Changes to Marriage Ceremonies from 4 May 2021
The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act will come into force on 4 May 2021.
The Act provides for the modernisation of marriage registration for the first time since 1837, by introducing a marriage schedule system and registration in an electronic register.
Paper marriage registers will no longer be used by Registrars attending Civil ceremonies or be used for ceremonies taking place at churches and places of worship. You will no longer receive a handwritten marriage certificate at the ceremony.
Planning your perfect day
Nestling in the heart of England, Warwickshire is home to some of the most idyllic and romantic towns and villages in the country. So many significant chapters of English history have been made in rural Warwickshire; we certainly have our fair share of fascinating historic buildings and celebrated gardens.
Culture in Warwickshire is a very special blend, bustling market towns brimming with history and charm providing vibrant hubs at the very heart of rural life and the countryside at its most green and pleasant providing breath taking views of quintessential England which will provide a stunning backdrop for your special day.
After you have chosen one of our licensed venues you will need to contact the venue and registration office to check availability for your preferred date and time. We will then discuss your needs and wishes, and guide you through the legal formalities.