THIS UPDATE IS DATED 25th SEPT 2020 & APPLIES TO THE UK ONLY
Please see the updated UK government guidelines - link below
Hi everyone. Firstly I hope you and your family are well and staying safe in these difficult times. I want to keep you up to date regarding the current Covid-19 rules on weddings and what I am putting in place. For reassurance, I work completely in the guidelines set out by the government.
Are weddings allowed at the moment?
From 28 September no more than 15 people can legally attend a marriage or civil partnership, even where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue. This is the maximum number for all attendees at the event, including the couple and guests. Anyone working is not included as part of the legal limit.
From 28 September, receptions and other celebrations for weddings and civil partnerships can continue to take place, but only in the form of a sit down meal in a COVID-19 secure venue. No more than 15 people may attend. Such receptions must not take place in people’s private homes (or adjoining outdoor spaces like gardens), given that these will not have the same COVID-19 secure measures in place.
Venue managers will have discretion over when they consider it safe to open, and the officiant should also be content that it is safe to proceed. The venue should decide to remain closed or not proceed with the marriage or civil partnership if they are not able to safely adhere to the guidelines outlined below. It is against law for a venue to provide a service if it is non-compliant with the gatherings limits.
The marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation
Should only take place in COVID-19 secure environments. Where a marriage ceremony can take place legally in other places not covered by this guidance (such as outdoor weddings that are permitted under the Marriage Act), the legal restrictions on gatherings must be followed for that place. It must not take place in a private dwelling or garden, where only up to 6 people are permitted to gather by law.
It is advised that the ceremonies and services should be concluded in the shortest reasonable time, and limited as far as reasonably possible to the parts of the marriage or civil partnership that are required in order to be legally binding under the law of England and Wales.
Religious communities should therefore adapt traditional religious aspects, especially where celebrations would otherwise have taken place over a number of hours, or even days, to ensure the safety of those present and minimal spread of infection.
No food or drink should be consumed as a part of the marriage or civil partnership ceremony unless required for the purposes of solemnisation.
Where the exchanging of rings is required or desired for the solemnisation of the marriage or the formation of the civil partnership, hands should be washed before and after. The rings should be handled by as few people as possible.
Where an infant is involved in proceedings a parent/guardian or member of the infant’s household should hold the infant.
Singing, chanting and the use of musical instruments
What the leader(s) and performers can and cannot do:
For liturgical performance (and rehearsals), both indoors and outdoors those performing in:
a professional capacity; and
those under 18 where supervised, are not limited in number.
In all other cases, where the number of adult performers will be greater than 6, each group of up to 6 performers should ensure that they do not mix and that appropriate social distancing requirements are observed.
Singing should be limited to the performers, and worship should not include congregational singing.
Venues should take account of the Performing Arts guidance which outlines additional mitigations such as good ventilation.
Where music plays a big part in worship, and recordings are available, we suggest you consider using these as an alternative to live singing to mitigate risks.
Any instrument played during the ceremony should be cleaned thoroughly before and after use.
Avoid playing music at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult or that may encourage shouting when people will be trying to converse.
What the congregation can and cannot do:
People should avoid singing, shouting and raising voices. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission from aerosol and droplets.
Activities such as singing, chanting, shouting and/or playing of instruments that are blown into should be specifically avoided by congregations/worshippers. This is because there is a possible additional risk of transmission in environments where individuals are singing or chanting as a group, and this applies even if social distancing is being observed or face coverings are used.
Therefore, spoken responses during ceremonies should also not be in a raised voice.
The very latest government wedding rules are here and are correct at the time of this blog post
Wedding Date Tip
Re-arranging dates can be difficult given the number of weddings impacted at the moment, so looking at mid-week days and out of season days (winter/spring) could also be an option to find the date that works best for your wedding and your guest.
My rules for wedding photography under Covid guidelines
I will keep at least 6 feet between myself and customers whenever possible.
I will not have physical contact and that includes handshakes and hugs, please don't be offended, its not you :)
All portrait sessions will have no-contact posing, which means I will guide you from a distance.
You will need to advise which guests are in social bubbles and which aren't so we can operate safely for any group shots. You will need to take responsibility for providing those groups shots, after all, you know your guests better than I do.
A group list will be required in advance of the wedding and limited to 10 group shots.
My gear is cleaned with cleaners appropriate and safe for electronics.
I will use the best hand-washing practices as recommended by the government and carry hand sanitizer with me. I will also wear a face mask
If you are a new client
For new clients, I am still happy to do introductory chats and talk about your wedding plans. Meetings will be socially distanced and no contact will take place (no handshakes). If a meeting isn't for you or you are further away from my base then no problem, we can chat over video calls, either on Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, whatever you prefer.
For current clients
For my fabulous current clients, If you are in the unfortunate position of needing to reschedule your wedding then please let me know as soon as possible. It's not an issue and I fully understand that this is totally out of most peoples control. The one thing I do know is that wedding plans take time and you want it to be perfect and with the right people, so re-arranging is probably the best option. If you don't know the re-arranged date then let's play it by ear until you have some dates to discuss. Should the worse happen and I am not available then any deposits paid will be fully refunded to you, no quibbles, no excuses.
It is worth noting that your wedding may also need to be scaled back, so you may just want the ceremony covering, which I am more than happy to do and offer a competitive price for that. My unobtrusive style means it will be more than socially distanced.
Mulu Photography is happy to help in any way, so please get in touch. Nothing is obligated, just chats, advice and even a listening ear if needed.