Summer weddings with unlimited guest lists will return as the restrictions will be lifted from June 21.
As part of the government’s roadmap, the gradual reduction in the number of people allowed to attend wedding ceremonies will start in stages.
Under the current rules, marriages are only allowed in “exceptional circumstances”, such as terminal illness or life-changing surgery.
These must be secured by Covid and customers must adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times. People are required to maintain a social distance of two meters and to wear masks throughout the ceremony. Singing is also avoided to prevent airborne transmission of the virus.
In March, Stage 1 will take place in two parts, with weddings having a capacity of six, while the funeral will be up to 30 and wake up to six.
However, starting April 12, when the UK enters Stage 2, weddings and vigils will drop from six to 15 guests, with funerals remaining at 30.
It is understood that funerals can have a higher number than weddings because people cannot choose a funeral.
From May 17, the start date of Stage 3, the number of guests for both will increase to 30. This also applies to other life events, including bar mitzvahs and baptisms.
From June 21, when the UK enters Stage 4, there will be no legal limits on social contact at weddings and funerals.
The roadmap is divided into four stages, each spaced five weeks apart, to allow each stage to be driven by data.
Boris Johnson, who is engaged to Carrie Symonds, had previously said it was his “hope and belief” that mass testing and vaccine rollout means people will be able to get married “in the normal way” by ‘summer. The prime minister’s wedding date has yet to be announced.
It comes after the Conservatives urged the government to allow normal, unrestricted marriages to resume from May 1.
Former cabinet minister Esther McVey said once the nine main groups have been vaccinated, marriages are expected to begin with no rules in place.
She said last week: ‘Once the NHS vaccinates the first nine groups by the end of April, [the] The government should bring back normal marriages, celebrate with family and friends, and cherish the institution of marriage.
“Vaccinating the nine main risk groups will prevent around 99% of deaths from Covid and around 80% of hospitalizations.”