Coronavirus and UK weddings

Who’d have thought, a few months ago, that we’d be looking at isolating ourselves from our family and friends. But here we are, in very uncertain times.

If you have a wedding booked this year you may have taken out wedding insurance, but, will a postponement or cancellation due to COVID-19 be covered in the small print? That’s a question vexing many couples right now.

Yesterday I saw an article in “Brides Keeping It Real” which addressed this subject and I’ll put a link to it at the bottom of the post.


The current guidance is to avoid social contact except where necessary, and for those over 70, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions to avoid social contact completely. Obviously, this is going to have a huge impact on UK weddings. Reports today suggest that the Church of England is limiting weddings to just 5 people - the vicar, the couple and two witnesses. Not even a verger or an organist, and certainly not a photographer or videographer (unless they’re the witnesses obviously). You could possibly have a live Facebook feed, or record the wedding to share later.

This certainly creates a dilemma for couples. With just two witnesses it means that it would not be possible for both sets of parents to attend. Elderly Grandparents and pregnant family members will not be able to attend.

At the moment there seems to be no restrictions on civil ceremonies, but this is a fluid situation that’s changing daily.


Most couples will have invested in wedding insurance so now is the time to contact your insurance company and go through the details with them. There may be restrictions as to under what circumstances cancellations will be allowed.


Obviously you should talk to your Church, reception venue and your suppliers. We’re all in this situation together and whilst plans might have to change, we will get through it.

This post isn’t intended to be a guide on how to handle your 2020 wedding planning. As I said, it’s about talking to everyone whose involved with your wedding day.

Link to the article:

9 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All