To ensure the safety of yourselves, guests and our staff we are required by law to ensure certain procedures and protections are in place during this time.
Please ensure you read and understand the following instructions to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible.
- The couple to be married or forming a Civil Partnership will be required to have a pre-ceremony interview at the venue prior to the ceremony starting, to ensure the legal schedule contains the correct information for the registration.
- Contact details will be taken and the numbers in your party to comply with the government track and trace policy – If you or any member of your party become unwell after your ceremony, it is your duty to inform this office by ringing 0161 793 2500.
Arriving for your ceremony
- Dependent on your venue, there may be a restriction on number of attendees including brides/grooms/civil partners and their two witnesses. If you have a photographer, they will be included as one of your guests, we have no discretion on this matter so please don't ask registration staff to make exceptions or allowances. The number of guests should be kept to a minimum to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
- You should confirm with the venue the total number of people allowed as you may find this could be less than you have planned for.
- Children (including babies and toddlers) will count towards your allowance of guests. They must not roam the ceremony room and on government advice, small children are to be held at all times by an adult of the same household.
- Any additional guests that arrive will not be permitted entrance to the ceremony and will not be allowed entrance to the ceremony room
- Guests should arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to the allocated ceremony time and will be guided into ceremony room according to the specific venue requirements.
- You should speak to your venue to see if it is permissible to be given away or organise walking down the aisle after all guests have arrived.
- Late arrivals will not be permitted, and the ceremony will be rearranged at a new fee charged to the couple
- Brides/grooms/civil partners can stand, however the rest of the wedding party may remain seated throughout the ceremony.
- The ceremony can now include readings, poetry, music, singing or live music.
- Face masks may still be required to be worn by all guests including witnesses. Bride/groom/civil partner are exempt, but if you choose to wear one, you will be asked to remove this during the spoken parts of the ceremony.
- The rings can be held by the bride/groom/civil partner – the best man/witness to hand over if desired.
- The schedule will be signed one person at a time whilst standing and maintaining social distancing.
- There will be no certificate issued on the day. This will be posted first class the same or following working day. Extra certificates required can be ordered later either online or by telephone.
- Photographs are permitted at the end of the ceremony but during the ceremony only one designated photographer will be permitted to take photographs from a designated area.
Keeping COVID-19 safe
- There may be other people in and around the Venue when you arrive, therefore please ensure you keep to social distancing measures as you manoeuvre around the grounds.
- If you or any of your wedding party are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with any other person displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you MUST NOT attend and notify this office at your earliest convenience.