Marquee Weddings & Parties – What Now?
So Freedom Day has come. There are no longer any rules for weddings. The government expects people to be reasonable, but you can now do what you like:
- There are no limits on guest numbers
- Face coverings are not required
- Social distancing is not required
- There are no longer restrictions on dancing, singing or how food is consumed
The only rule left is that people with Covid, or with symptoms of Covid, or those told to isolate by the NHS app, are not allowed to attend weddings.
There is some guidance from the government. For example:
- On face masks: “people are encouraged to respect other attendees and those working at events who may wish to adopt a more cautious approach. The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.” (Bit odd that the government brings up public transport in its wedding guidance but there you go).
- On ventilation: “when events take place inside or in other enclosed spaces, consider how the space can be continually well ventilated, before, during and after the event.”
- On social distancing: “it's important to consider that others may wish to take a more cautious approach as we open up. We should all be considerate of this, and provide the opportunity and space for others to reduce close contacts if they wish”
- On dancing: “some activities can also increase the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 ... such as singing, dancing, exercising...The risk is greatest where these activities take place when people are in close contact with others, for example in crowded indoor spaces...In situations where there is a higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19, you should be particularly careful to follow the guidance on keeping yourself and others safe...”
You can read the full government guidance on wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations here.
Presumably, the same guidance applies to marquee parties and other types of marquee event since almost all Covid restrictions have now been lifted.
So it is really up to you now how you wish to hold your wedding or party and we will support you in all your choices. From our limited experience of marquee events booked for after Freedom Day, clients are taking a varied approach. Open sided marquees do remain a very popular option
For clients who would still like to take a cautious approach, there are a few examples of socially distanced weddings below.