The rules covering marquees for weddings depend on where it is and how it is used.
Marquees at public and exclusive-use venues with staff
The maximum number of people who can attend a wedding ceremony or reception at a public venue, such as a hotel, applies whether the event is held indoors or outdoors. This also applies to exclusive-use venues like castles and stately homes provided the venue is managed and has venue staff in place.
This means that the maximum number is the same whether the event is held in an indoor dining room or outside in a structure like a marquee.
This guidance must be followed in full whether the event is being held indoors or outdoors.
Marquees in private gardens
The maximum number of people who can attend a wedding reception in a marquee in a private garden depends on:
- the rules on meeting others for the relevant protection level, and
- whether the marquee is classed as an indoor or outdoor space
Marquees in private gardens are classed as:
- an indoor space if 50% or more of its sides are closed, and the rules on meeting in a private home will then apply to the reception - for example, in a Level 0 area, this would be up to 8 people from 4 households
- an outdoor space if more than 50% of its sides are fully open, and the rules on meeting outdoors will then apply to the reception - for example in a Level 0 area, this would be up to 15 people from 15 households
For example, a marquee with four sides would be classed as an indoor space if two or more of its sides are closed, but an outdoor space if three or more of its sides are fully open.
You can find out the protection level for an area and rules on gatherings inside and outside by using the postcode checker.
Marquees on other land
If a marquee has been pitched on land other than a private garden then the maximum numbers apply as long as there is a designated person responsible for ensuring this guidance is met. This could be a license holder, catering company or events co-ordinator, or another service provider.
This land could include:
- community-owned land
- a privately owned field
- wild land
If there is no designated person then the protection level rules for gatherings in public places apply instead. This mean that if you are planning to use a marquee to host your reception which is:
- classed as an indoor space you should follow the rules that apply to gatherings in indoor public places - for example in a Level 0 area, this would be up to 10 people from 4 households
- classed as an outdoor space you should follow the rules that apply to gatherings in your garden or outdoor public place - for example in a Level 0 area, this would be up to 15 people from 15 households
You can find out the protection level rules on gatherings inside and outside a public place by using the postcode checker.