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.