Couples whose big days were on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic will have reason to celebrate as weddings and civil partnerships in East Sussex are set to resume as from today.
Many couples though are still planning to wait until next year. Kate Tym one half of the award-winning independent celebrat team Kate and Kate says: “While we applaud the move towards marriages being reinstated, which is great news for everyone who has been waiting on tenterhooks to have their wonderful wedding, we have found lots of our couples would still rather postpone until next year and have the great big do they had hoped for rather than go ahead now with restrictions in place”
East Sussex County Council (ESCC) said that with changes in Government guidance it instigated careful planning to ensure couples, their guests and registration staff can stay as safe as possible, which means ceremonies were able to restart from today (July 21st).
Councillor Bill Bentley, ESCC’s lead member for communities, said: “It’s fantastic news that local couples facing uncertainty over their big day can now resume their planning.
“Our Registration team has worked incredibly hard to ensure that, when ceremonies restart, all the practicable measures are in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
“While there are restrictions still in place, I’m sure that those who choose to go ahead with their wedding or civil partnership ceremony will be able to enjoy their special day. Those who choose to postpone, will not incur any additional costs.
The latest Government guidance allows ceremonies to take place at East Sussex register offices, licensed venues and places of worship where a registrar is required.
The number of people attending is limited by law and numbers will vary depending on the venue to ensure two metre social distancing can be achieved.
From today couples will also be able to book Notice of Marriages and Notice of Civil Partnership appointments for existing ceremony bookings, and book new ceremonies for 2020 subject to availability of dates, venues and notice appointments.
Kate Tym says: “With the registration service under pressure couples should remember they also have the option of a wonderfully personalised celebrant led ceremony.”
For full details of the measures in place visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships
For more information about East Sussex Ceremonies visit www.ceremoniesineastsussex.co.uk
To contact Kate and Kate https://www.kateandkatecelebrants.co.uk/