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

Published: 26 Oct 2020
Last updated: 9 Jun 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 numbers who may attend a reception in a venue, such as a hotel, at protection levels 0-3 are the same as those who may attend a marriage ceremony. 

Receptions cannot take place in a protection level 4 area.

We have published guidance on receptions.

Receptions inside or outside at a private dwelling

It is not possible for a reception  to take place inside or outside at a private dwelling, in excess of the general limits that apply at each protection level on meeting others indoors or outdoors at a private dwelling. 

For example, in level 3 you could have a small reception in your garden with 6 people from 6 households. Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels.

Our receptions guidance contains further information on when a private hire venue can host a reception.


First published: 26 Oct 2020 Last updated: 9 Jun 2021 -