Your wedding and Covid-19

From 21st June 2021, weddings can go ahead with as many people present as the church can safely accommodate in a Covid-secure manner. Keep in touch with your vicar, who can let you know what may be possible for your wedding in the coming weeks and months.

Can my wedding go ahead?

Government restrictions say that at present, weddings may go ahead in a Covid-secure way, maintaining social distancing. It is hoped that more guests will be able to attend as restrictions continue to ease over the summer. Keep in touch with your vicar to talk about your wedding plans. They’ll want to support you in whatever way they can as we wait to hear more about the easing of restrictions.

How does the lockdown affect the banns?

Under normal circumstances, banns usually happen before a wedding can take place, and your names would be read out in a church service on three separate Sundays before the wedding. Many churches have been open for normal worship during the lockdown but some have been closed. Where a church has been open, banns have continued and they are valid for three months from the date of the final reading. If your church has been closed, or has only been offering online services, then it hasn’t been possible for banns to happen there.

If restrictions cause disruption to your banns or uncertainty around their validity, your vicar can suggest alternative legal preparations depending on your wedding date.

If I delay my wedding until later in the year or next year, will things be better?

The picture for how the coronavirus pandemic will unfold over the coming months is unknown, but everyone remains hopeful that things will be better in the future.

What if I do decide to cancel?

You may want to put your wedding completely on hold until things are much clearer. If you cancel a church wedding, the ceremony legal fees are fully refundable.

This prayer may be helpful as you think about your wedding plans:

Loving God,
Surround us this day with your presence;

Be with us in our disappointments and in our joys,
Help us to be wise as we think about our wedding plans.

Sustain us in our love for one another,

And hold all whom we love in your great love.

Also in this section

Mixed faith marriages
Information for same sex couples
Booking a church
Marriage after divorce
If you live abroad
Information for foreign nationals
Special Licences
Do we need a marriage licence?
Can I marry in church?
The cost of church weddings
Legal requirements