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 receive a phone call the week before the ceremony to confirm the details to be entered in the register/schedule.
- 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
- Only a maximum of 15 people, including brides/grooms/civil partners and their two witnesses, will be permitted into the ceremony. 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.
- The maximum of 15 people will only be permissible if the venue can ensure all persons can be socially distant. You should confirm with the venue the total number of people allowed as you may find this could be less than 15.
- 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 prams, pushchairs or carry chairs will not be permitted into the ceremony room.
- Any additional guests that arrive will not be permitted entrance to the ceremony and will not be allowed entrance to the ceremony room
- The entire party MUST arrive 15 minutes prior to the allocated ceremony time and will be guided into ceremony room according to the specific venue requirements.
- It may not be possible to be given away or organise walking down the aisle after all guests have arrived. You should speak to your venue to see if this is permissible.
- 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 will remain seated throughout the ceremony.
- The ceremony will be kept to a minimum and there will be no singing or live music allowed.
- Face masks must 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 must be held by the bride/groom/civil partner – the best man/witness cannot hold the rings to hand over.
- There will be no handshaking/congratulatory exercises (including clapping/whistling/heckling) and the couple will not be invited to join hands.
- Your guests will be asked not to talk or raise their voices throughout the ceremony.
- The register will be signed one person at a time whilst standing and maintaining social distancing. Hand sanitisation will be required by all parties signing.
- 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.
- There will be no photograph with the register.
- Please determine with your venue when and where photographs may be taken.
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.