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

Published: 25 Jun 2021
Last updated: 21 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Rules and guidance for people involved in planning a wedding in Scotland during COVID-19, including how many people can attend a ceremony and reception.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations, receptions and celebrations
Overview

Overview

This guidance is for people:

  • planning a wedding in Scotland
  • responsible for venues that host ceremonies and/or receptions
  • who carry out marriage or civil partnership ceremonies

It sets out the rules for weddings indoors and outdoors, and measures that should be put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

There should be a designated person responsible for ensuring that this guidance is followed, for example a venue manager or event organiser.

Level 0 (9 August - subject to conditions being met)

When we move beyond level 0 and out of the level system, almost all COVID-19 restrictions, including physical distancing, will be removed for businesses and individuals.

This will mean that you will be able to dance, sing and mingle at indoor weddings from this time.

Some protection measures will remain, including good hand hygiene and cleaning, and continued compliance with contact tracing. More guidance will be provided on this before moving beyond level 0.

This guidance should be used alongside other sector and venue-specific guidance to help increase safety at these events.

This guidance refers to wedding ceremonies and receptions. By this, we mean marriage ceremonies, civil partnership registrations and their associated receptions. References to ceremonies include civil partnership registrations.


First published: 25 Jun 2021 Last updated: 21 Jul 2021 -