Lockdown rules are changing

If you’re one of the thousands of couples who were forced, or chose, to delay your wedding or civil ceremony during lockdown then better news is on the way.

Although weddings and civil ceremonies were (technically) permitted during the latest lockdown, only 6 people could attend. Before 29 March, you also had to prove exceptional circumstances. On Monday 12 April however, that’s all set to change.

From Monday, up to 15 people can attend weddings and civil ceremonies in Covid-19 secure premises. Receptions for up to 15 people can also take place at permitted outdoor venues.

Providing infection rates stay low, on 17 May, the rules change again. From this date, the number of permitted guests increases to 30. Receptions with up to 30 guests can also can take place in Covid-secure indoor or outdoor venues. You can read the latest rules on the Government’s website.

Those couples who have been waiting to tie the knot in front of family and friends can now start to plan their special day.

Honley wedding locations

There are no shortage of wedding locations in Honley. If you’re planning a more traditional ceremony, then there are two beautiful churches to choose from without leaving the village. St Mary’s on Church Street and Trinity Church at Moor Bottom both welcome couples wanting to get married in a traditional setting.

With many couples planning their ceremony well in advance, the churches have never stopped taking bookings. St Mary’s is an Anglican church in the Diocese of Leeds, part of the Church of England. Reverend Martin Short is always available for a chat about your wedding and is happy to guide you through the process.

Trinity Church is a Local Ecumenical Partnership, following both Methodist and United Reform Church traditions. The Minister, Reverend Helen Roberts is the person to speak to about weddings at Trinity Church.

Your ceremony, your way

If you’re looking for an alternative to a church venue, perhaps something more suited to your individuality, then it might be worth having a chat with Honley’s own ‘wedding fairy godmother’: Lynne Green of Creating Memories.

Lynne is a celebrant. She can help you to create your own personal wedding or civil ceremony that reflects your personality. Lynne can also point you in the right direction for the legal aspects of your marriage or civil ceremony to make sure that your special day runs as smoothly as possible. While you still can’t get married in your own garden, there are plenty of Covid secure venues where your celebrant ceremony can take place. Have a chat with Lynne today.

Honley wedding reception

Once you’re married, there’s the reception to look forward to. With outdoor locations likely to be the venue of choice for some time to come (and the only choice until 17 May), there are still ways you can make your outdoor reception event everything you want it to be.

Mark and his team at Ampl, supply outdoor bars for wedding receptions and events. They’ll build your bar, complete with hand pumps, fridges and glasses and can supply all the drink you need to celebrate in style. From fizz to toast the happy couple to soft drinks for the nominated driver, and everything in between, Ampl has it all. Ampl can also supply experienced bar staff to serve your guests with their favourite tipple. Even better, they’ll return later to clean everything up for you too.

So what are you waiting for? You could be celebrating your perfect Honley wedding or civil ceremony with friends and family before too long!