Church of England Diocese of Worcester Birtsmorton & Hollybush

Coronavirus and Your Church Wedding

Hoorah!  We are re-starting our services in Church as from 14th March 2021, so all our lovely wedding couples will be able to re-start attending to make their crucial qualifying connections.  And we now have a roadmap from the PM, setting out key dates for all couples as follows;

As of Monday 8th March weddings can take place with 6 people total in the building under any circumstances (currently have to be exceptional circumstances)

No earlier than Monday 12th April, weddings can take place with up to 15 people present

No earlier than Monday 17th May, weddings can take place with up to 30 people present

No earlier than Monday 21st June, there will be no legal limit on the number of people who can attend weddings.

All of the above are contingent on the governments 4 tests being met, so the dates aren't written in stone, but at least it gives all of you something to work with.  We know many of you will be talking to the Court about options, possible postponement and new dates.  If you can keep us in the loop, and inform us of any changes of date, that would be very much appreciated.

If you are weighing up options, you should talk to either Rev Julie or Rev Anthea about the legal options available for marrying in Church. If you've already managed to establish a qualifying connection to your Church of choice, there is the option of a Common License, which enables us to marry you even if we don't have enough public services in a church building to enable us to read your banns. If you haven't yet been able to attend enough services to establish a qualifying connection, talk to your officiating minister to see what options might be open to you. We will always do our best to help you get to where you need to be, but we also have to ensure we stay within the law to make sure you do end up legally married!