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What are the rules for weddings and can I hold a reception?

The number of guests allowed at weddings and civil partnerships has increased.

So how many people can come to the ceremony - and how big can the reception be?




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What are the wedding rules in England?

Up to 30 people - including children - are allowed to attend a wedding ceremony or reception.

Anyone working is not counted in the limit.

Venues and places of worship can provide food and drink, but must follow the relevant hospitality guidance. All food and drink must be ordered, served and consumed while guests are seated.

Guests do not need to be seated at socially distanced tables, though they are still advised to be "cautious" about contact with different households.

There's bad news for lovers of a wedding disco. The guidelines say: "Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple's first dance."

Guests and staff must also wear a face covering (except when eating or drinking), unless exempt.




The government previously said it hoped to lift all restrictions on weddings on 21 June.

However, concerns about the spread of the Indian variant mean this may now be delayed.