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New rules revealed as wedding ceremonies take place again at Arnold registry office


Weddings haven’t been allowed to take place since lockdown was imposed in March.

But Nottinghamshire County Council recently confirmed that wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships in registration offices or Council approved premises could again take place at Arnold Registry Office from July 4, following the updated Government guidelines

The registration team is reminding couples of the new guidelines due to coronavirus which mean that their ceremony will perhaps be slightly different to what was originally planned.

What’s changed?…

Each location has its own maximum occupancy to allow for social distancing.  Whilst the Government guidelines allow up to 30 guests this is all based on the size of the ceremony room.

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A total of six-people can attend a ceremony in Arnold, due to the size of the registry office. In addition to these numbers there will be two registrars allowed at each office to perform the ceremony.

Arnot Hill House which is home to Arnold’s registry office (Image: Gedling Borough Council)

Ceremonies will look very different with everyone having to social distance and the ceremonies being very short with only the legal requirements taking place to ensure the partnership is legally binding.  The ceremony itself will have no readings, promises nor choice of music.  Ring exchange is allowed but the rings will need to be kept by the couple.

Councillor John Handley, Vice Chairman for the Communities and Place committee at the County Council said: “Our team of registrars are working hard to ensure our booked ceremonies can take place.  We have had almost half of the pre booked weddings cancelled or moved as some couples decide to wait for their big day when it can take place as they first planned.

“Not all our licensed premises are opening straight away, and it is the duty of the venue to ensure that the legal requirement of social distancing is adhered to.  Our team of registrars will be working with couples to ensure that the new guidelines are made clear so that everyone understands what can happen during this period. I’d like to please ask those with weddings planned, bear with us in these difficult circumstances.”

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