The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Weddings, Handfastings and other meaningful Life Ceremonies can take place.
Here’s how I’ll be ensuring your special day takes place safely, whilst keeping your dream at the heart…
All bookings will take place over email and are flexible; to allow for potential date changes etc due to Covid. This article explains this more fully.
In-person consultations are currently suspended, but we can still have a chat via Zoom, Whatsapp or telephone if you’d like to get to know me a bit more before booking.
In-person meetings should resume from March 29th 2021 (guidelines permitting).
Getting to know you is a really important part of creating your ceremony. If possible, we will still hold these meetings in person, to help our connection grow strong and authentic. The meeting will ideally be outdoors, or in a large/well ventilated space, following all relevant guidelines for social gatherings.
I will bring a mask, hand sanitiser and a small notebook and pen. Any documents we might need to share will be done so via email. If meeting in person does not fit with current guidance or does not feel right for you, we can meet online via Zoom. This will require a computer with a microphone, camera, and decent broadband connection.
If this isn’t possible due to current restrictions, or prefereable, we can chat on the phone.
The drafting process has always been via email and will continue to be so. I will use my writing skills and all the gems I’ve gleaned from getting to know you and what you want in your ceremony, to write a draft.
I will send this to you via email and invite you to make changes/additions as you feel necessary. This back and forth will continue until the ceremony is complete and to your full satisfaction.
All ceremonies are completed (ideally) one month before the Big Day to give me time to be familiar with it. During this time, I will also be in touch with any guests who are taking part in the ceremony and any relevant venue staff to ensure all safety precuations and ceremony needs are taken care of.
I am not offering ceremony rehearsals at this time; hopefully these will become possible from April 12th onward. I will always be in touch just before the ceremony date to ensure we all feel certain and sure of what is ahead.
Ceremony ~ Wild at Heart
In England, we are now on the ‘Roadmap’ to leaving lockdown and (potentially) all forms of restriction linked to COVID-19. As we progress past different waymarkers, the guidelines for ceremonies will change too:
from March 8th 2021 – Wedding and Handfasting ceremonies are allowed in exceptional circumstances only, with up up to 6 people in attendance; including the couple. No Reception celebrations are permitted.
from March 29th 2021 – Lockdown ends, allowing Wedding and Handfasting ceremonies for everyone, with up to 6 people in attendance; including the couple. You must use a Covid-secure venue/environment. No Reception celebrations are permitted.
from 12th April 2021 – Wedding and Handfasting ceremonies are allowed for up to 15 attendees, including the couple, in a Covid-secure venue/environment. A sit-down Reception, maintaining all necessary social distancing measures and guidelines, is permitted.
from 17th May 2021 – Wedding and Handfasting Ceremonies, along with all other meaningful life events such as Naming Ceremonies, are now permitted with up to 30 in attendance, including the couple/family. Celebrations afterwards, including Receptions, will be subject to all current guidance on social distancing in/outdoors.
from June 21st 2021 -Weddings, Handfastings, Namings and all other celebrations will be permitted to go ahead with no restrictions.
These dates are subject to Government confirmation and changes will only come into affect if circumstances allow. Be sure to keep in regular contact with your Celebrant and all your suppliers regarding contingency plans, should dates not play out the way we expect.
Be prepared to make changes should things not go to plan!
You will, as before, be required to legalise your marriage through the appropriate channels.
Until the law changes, everyone must adhere to social distancing guidelines. If the ceremony is taking place indoors masks will need to be worn by all guests and staff throughout; those to-be-wed and the Celebrant are exempt for the duration of the ceremony.
Content is not restricted (although singing and chanting has specific requirements) and we can still perform rituals such as ring exchanges, handfastings etc. We will plan each process carefully to ensure they are both safe and meaningful.
Having to use a Covid-secure venue isn’t usual for a Wild Celebrant like me! I love being out in the woods or fields marrying folks surrounded by nature… not guidelines and hand sanitiser!
But choosing a site that’s a little more civilised may well be worth it, to have your day sooner!
Don’t forget, many venues will have outdoor spaces that they may or may not have used for a wedding before; it’s worth asking! Everyone is keen to be as flexible as possible right now and wants to do what we can to make your day special.
There are also a number of incredible outdoor wedding venues who are working hard to be Covid secure and would make the ideal choice for both the need for wilderness and the need to stay safe in the world we currently live in.
The Wellbeing Farm, Manchester
Parkgate Farm Tipi Weddings, Stockport
Cheshire Woodland Weddings, Cheshire
Spring Cottage at Rivington, Rivington
I am still providing beautiful gift copies of ceremonies to my Wild Wedding folks. They may arrive a little later than usual, as suppliers and post are still running a little behind sometimes. I’ll keep you updated and be sure to let you know when its in the post.
Go Wild ~ Elopements
Elopements fall within guidelines for social gatherings.
Prior to March 29th, Elopements are not permitted.
From March 29th up to 6 people can meet in a public or private outdoor space; just enough for me, you, your beloved and a chosen few witnesses. Or perhaps just you, your love and I, and a photographer.
Sometimes, small is perfect!
Stay Wild & Wait
If you can’t let go of your dream for a Wild Wedding without Covid-complications, then a little patience may be in order.
Don’t delay on booking your venue and Celebrant however! The wedding industry needs your support in these difficult times, not to mention there is a large backlog of postponements and cancellations to deal with when things finally free up. If you are looking at getting married end of 2021-2022 then book your Celebrant now to save your date.
There are a few things you could do to help keep the momentum moving forward. See these two posts for inspiration:
This page was last updated on 30/12/2020. All information was correct at time of writing. Please contact me for full details regarding any upcoming ceremonies, via the contact page or email firstname.lastname@example.org