Planning a wedding and COVID-19: What you need to know

This is an uncertain and worrying time for everyone, and the classification of coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation means there will be changes to how we live our lives for the next wee while at least. If you have a wedding booked with a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant and your ceremony is due to take place before 30th April please read on to see how this news may affect your wedding.

I have a wedding planned during the next three weeks, an it go ahead?

No. Weddings cannot take place during the lockdown period.  Please contact your celebrant directly to rearrange your wedding date; your celebrant and Humanist Society Scotland will support you as best we can.

What about weddings planned for the next few months?

We are uncertain what the Government will decide when they review the lockdown in three weeks. We suggest that you start a dialogue with your wedding venue and suppliers as soon as possible. If you have to rearrange your wedding, your celebrant will be as flexible as possible in accommodating your rearranged date.

Who should I contact about my ceremony?

In the first instance please contact your celebrant to discuss any concerns about your ceremony.  They won’t be able to advise on questions around your venue and other suppliers, but will support you as best they can.

If you do not receive a response from your celebrant or need to speak to someone urgently, please call our ceremonies team on 0300 302 0682

What happens if our celebrant is not available for our rescheduled date?

As you will appreciate, many couples are rearranging their wedding dates.  Your celebrant will be as flexible as they can to accommodate your rescheduled date, but this may not always be possible.  If your celebrant is unavailable on your rescheduled date, we will support you to find a replacement Humanist Society Celebrant.  Please talk to your celebrant in the first instance. 

Keep informed

We also advise that you stay aware of the latest official medical advice and advice from the Government. The situation is changing frequently so we suggest you check once a day to ensure you are following the latest advice. NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government are both good sources of trusted information. 

Our thanks and best wishes

Thank you for choosing a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant for your ceremony, and we wish you well in this turbulent time.

Please follow all current guidelines and stay safe and well.  


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