Marriage ban lifted: Where in the UK can I now get married?

Since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, many couples across the UK have had to either cancel or postpone their weddings, with others who have weddings planned later in the year unsure about whether to cancel their plans or not. However, luckily for betrothed couples, restrictions are now lifting and weddings could be on the horizon sooner rather than later – though big weddings are still a firm no.

Where can I get married in the UK currently?

Wales has lifted its marriage ban, starting today, along with the lifting of other restrictions.

Invited wedding guests can now also travel any distance to be at a ceremony – but services must be small as gatherings are still banned.

Councils in Wales have also said they have personal protective equipment ready to be used by registrars, while ceremony rooms have been rearranged to allow for social distancing.


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Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd councils have said they are looking into how ceremonies at register offices could eventually be streamed online.

It comes as easing other restrictions in Wales mean non-essential shops can also now reopen.

However, First Minister Mark Drakeford has asked the Welsh public to adhere to the stay local message for another two weeks, unless they are travelling for a wedding.

He used the Welsh Government’s daily briefing on Friday to say that the movement rule would be lifted on July 6, as long as cases of coronavirus continued to fall.

You can also get married in Northern Ireland, with the caveat being you must be literally dying to be able to do so, as marriages are only allowed for the terminally ill.

England and Scotland are yet to announce any changes for nuptials, with engaged couples desperate to get on with their plans.

The Government has said little with regard to weddings in England, although it is being worked on according to the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.

With regards to weddings and the like, the document reads: “The Government is also examining how to enable people to gather in slightly larger groups to better facilitate small weddings.

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“Over the coming weeks, the Government will engage on the nature and timing of the measures in this step, in order to consider the widest possible array of views on how best to balance the health, economic and social effects.”

Scotland’s roadmap out of lockdown is not entirely clear on when weddings will be permitted, but it is thought to be once the country has reached phase three.

The Scottish Government say that in the third phase of lockdown being eased, they will “relax restrictions on funeral attendance, marriages, civil partnership and other services to beyond close family.”

However, it’s not yet clear when Scotland will enter this phase, which will also allow them to be able to meet indoors with friends and family.

Churches in England are now open for private prayer, but services are not on the horizon just yet.

Funerals are also permitted, however they are also severely restricted in numbers due to lockdown rules.

The UK has been in lockdown since March 23 and has one of the world’s worst death tolls.

Each country has been following a unique set of rules since England lifted some restrictions at the beginning of May, with devolved Government’s making their own decisions on who can do what.

Some 42,000 people have died since the outbreak reached the UK earlier this year.

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