We are very relieved to be able to go ahead with our wedding third time around, but we do still have some Covid measures that our guests and suppliers have to comply with on the day. We hope these will also help you to feel safe and comfortable, but please reach out to us as soon as possible if you have any concerns.
Our suppliers will be wearing face coverings at all times and maintain 2m social distancing from guests where possible. They will provide hand sanitiser stations at entry points to both venues and the rooms will be kept fully ventilated throughout the ceremony and dinner. Our drinks reception at Oriel will still take place outside.
Our venues request that guests wear a face covering when using enclosed shared spaces, such as corridors and toilets, so do keep your mask to hand for these times. There is space in Convocation House to distance from other guests during the ceremony if you choose to. During the dinner, there will be space between the tables for staff to serve, but guests will not be seated at a distance from each other. You will be within 1m of the guests on either side of you, but those people won’t be change during the meal and we have deliberately not split up household groups to minimise household mixing.
For NHS Test & Trace, we are required to submit our full guest list including the phone numbers of everyone attending. We do have many of your numbers already, but if you’re not sure, please email back with the details of those in your party. The venue’s QR code will also be displayed at the entrance for you to scan in.
Importantly, we are not allowed to include anyone who has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace or the Covid-19 app. We do hope that – as much as possible – you avoid situations where you might be ‘pinged’ in the days prior to our wedding. Having waited so long to be with you, we really don’t want to be thwarted by Covid at the last moment!
For our own peace of mind and the reassurance of all those attending, we respectfully ask that all our guests take a lateral flow test beforehand, even if you are fully vaccinated, so that we can be confident that we are not putting our friends and family at risk. If you have not already got your own stash as we do, they’re really simple to use, can be ordered for free on the NHS website and come with clear instructions for use – just click here.
Finally, as much as we are thrilled to be able to see you all again, we hope you will be understanding when we do not rush to hug all 118 of our wedding guests, as we are mindful of reducing the risk to you all. While this is a very important day for us, we want to be respectful of your safety and comfort. Likewise, we will not be offended in any way if you choose to keep a distance or wear your mask at our wedding. What matters to us is that you are there and you enjoy yourself as much as possible!