Church of England Diocese of Leeds Monk Bretton

Weddings during Covid

Saint Paul’s Monk Bretton continues to host weddings during lockdown. However there are a number of measures we have been urged to introduce by the Church of England and Government in order to ensure the marriage service is as Covid Safe as possible. 

If you wish to book and proceed with a wedding you will thus currently need to comply with the following requirements:

Your agreement to our hosting the marriage service is entirely at your own risk, and those who are vulnerable or shielding are advised not to come. If they do, it must again be at their own risk. Anyone experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus or who is having to self isolate will not be able to attend the service.

There will be a maximum number of thirty in attendance at the service, and we will require you to supply us beforehand with a list of the individual guests’ names and their telephone numbers for contact and tracing purposes.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in church buildings, so all in attendance at weddings must do so in order to protect themselves and others. The only exception to this is Vicar, Bride and Bridegroom. Any guest not wearing a face mask will be required to produce proof of exemption.

Guests will enter the church by the large West Doors at the back and leave at the end via the South Porch Exit, using the hand sanitisers that will be supplied on the day. (Wheelchair users and those unable to use steps will be permitted to leave the church through the West Doors).

Guests should go immediately to a pew/seat on entering the church and not mingle in small crowds or groups inside the building, ensuring a distance at all times of two metres apart from each other (unless from the same household).

Everyone attending the wedding must distance themselves by sitting only in those pews or chairs marked with a green tick. The only exception is where individuals are from the same household, who can sit together.

The couple to be married, best man, bridesmaids and others involved closely in the service itself will still be required to comply with distancing requirements.

Singing is currently not permitted in church, but the organist will provide music for the marriage service.

Toilets are available, but strict hygiene and cleaning measures must be observed by those who use them. Paper towels will be provided for the drying of hands and these should be disposed of carefully in the bin provided.

The Wedding Party and any Guests are asked, politely, to leave the building immediately after the service. Sadly, no photographs can be taken inside the church after the service is over.

Where guests fail to adhere to any of the above, we reserve the right to postpone or cancel the service on the day.

*Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that another lockdown, whether local or national, will not happen again. It is thus very important to note that were this to occur, any bookings would have to be suspended forthwith.