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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
Number who can attend a wedding

Number who can attend a wedding

Scotland follows a COVID-19 protection level system (0-4).

The maximum number of people who can attend a wedding ceremony or reception indoors or outdoors in a public or staffed exclusive-use venue depends on the level for the area the venue is in.

Public and exclusive-use venues include places like:

  • hotels and restaurants
  • places of worship
  • registration offices
  • community centres and village halls
  • exclusive use private-hire venues like castles and stately homes that are managed and have venue staff to ensure this guidance is followed

There are some different rules you need to know about if you are planning your wedding at a private home or garden.

You can check the protection level for an area using the postcode checker. When planning your wedding, you should keep in mind that protection levels can change at short notice.

Maximum number who can attend a wedding at each COVID-19 level

The maximum number of people who can attend a wedding ceremony or reception inside or outside at a public or staffed exclusive-use venue is:

COVID-19 level  Maximum number who can attend
Level 0 200
Level 1 100
Level 2 50
Level 3 50
Level 4 20 (ceremony only) - receptions are not allowed

These numbers are the same whether the event is being held indoors, for example in a function suite or closed marquee, or outdoors in an open-sided marquee or gazebo.

The maximum numbers apply as long as the venue can meet physical distancing rules - if not, the number allowed to attend may be less in some venues. Speak to your venue manager to confirm the number of people you can have.

Who is included in the maximum numbers

At all protection levels, the above maximum numbers include:

  • the couple and witnesses
  • all guests, including children of any age

The maximum number does not include:

  • anyone working

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