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Coronavirus (COVID-19): wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations

Published: 26 Oct 2020
Last updated: 6 Jan 2021 - see all updates

Guidance to assist couples planning to get married or form a civil partnership in Scotland, as well as celebrants.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations
Receptions and other celebrations

Receptions and other celebrations

This guidance is about a marriage ceremony. The ceremony ends once the marriage schedule is signed by the couple, their celebrant and the witnesses, and the celebrant has brought the ceremony to a close.

An event to celebrate the marriage, such as a reception, may be able to take place. A venue hosting a reception must be able to safely accommodate those attending with the appropriate physical distancing in place.

The maximum numbers that may attend depends on the protection level which applies to the area where the reception is to be held.

Level 0

No more than 50 people should attend the reception.

Levels 1, 2 and 3

No more than 20 people should attend the reception.

Level 4

Receptions should not take place.

The limits at levels 0 to 3 include:

  • the couple
  • all guests, including children
  • any staff employed by the couple who will be present for the reception, such as a photographer.

The limits on numbers in areas affected by levels 0-3 do not include venue staff or third party catering staff.

Venues hosting such celebrations are expected to comply with Scottish Government guidance and industry guidance as set out in the section on those responsible for venues.  

Receptions inside or outside at a private dwelling

A wedding reception or other celebration at a private dwelling must comply with the rules applying in the appropriate protection level for meeting others indoors or outdoors.


First published: 26 Oct 2020 Last updated: 6 Jan 2021 -