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Covid 19 Update 22 March 2021
The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and is in a national lockdown. On 8 March some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed.

For weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, this means that the existing national lockdown guidance remains in place. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people and should only take place in exceptional circumstances.

The COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 roadmap sets out the staged return of weddings and civil partnerships. At each stage, the decision to proceed to the next step will be guided by data not dates and the four tests set out in the roadmap. A week’s notice will be provided before any step is taken.

Step 1 - up to 29 March
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies of 6 can take place but these should only be in exceptional circumstances. Receptions are not permitted.

From 29 March
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can continue to take place for up to 6 people only but will no longer be limited to exceptional circumstances. Receptions are not permitted.

Step 2 - no earlier than 12 April
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 15* people in COVID-19 Secure venues that are permitted to open or where a broader exemption applies.

*Please note that due to social distancing requirements there are limits on the number of people in attendance at Registration Office Ceremonies:

Midsomer Court, Beaconsfield 12 people
John Hampden Room, Aylesbury 12 people
Disraeli Room, Beaconsfield, 6 people

This is a total number and includes couple (2), Registrars (2) and guests.

Receptions can take place with up to 15 people in the form of a sit down meal and in any COVID-19 Secure outdoor venue that is permitted to open. Such receptions must not take place in people’s private gardens or public outdoor spaces.

Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 30* people in COVID-19 Secure venues that are permitted to open.

*Please note that due to social distancing requirements there are limits on the number of people in attendance at Registration Office Ceremonies:

Midsomer Court, Beaconsfield 12 people
John Hampden Room, Aylesbury 12 people
Disraeli Room, Beaconsfield, 6 people

This is a total number and includes couple (2), Registrars (2) and guests.

Receptions can also proceed with up to 30 people in a COVID Secure indoor venue, or outdoors.

Step 4 - no earlier than 21 June
At Step 4, the government aims to remove all limits on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions. This will be subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme, which will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events of larger sizes.

Contacting our Ceremonies Team

The Ceremonies Team is liaising with venues and will be in touch with couples who this may affect in the coming weeks.

Please be assured we will be in touch as soon as possible and encourage any queries are sent via this page as telephone lines are exceptionally busy. 

Email: ceremonies@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01494 475092

For up to date information, please view our current information about marriages and civil partnerships.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during these times.

Brochure

Our 2021 Celebrate in Buckinghamshire brochure is available by request. Please email the Ceremonies Team to request a copy of the brochure.

Book a notice of marriage or civil partnership

If you would like to book a notice of marriage or civil partnership please email us at: 

ceremonies@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

The Government launched a Law Commission review into marriage ceremonies in England and Wales on 29 June 2019. This is a two year programme so there is no change to the current laws for marriages. 

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