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Couples leave the registry office after marriage, as receptions for up to 30 guests are allowed


A bride and groom were showered with confetti as they walked out of the registry office after getting married as the government eased coronavirus restrictions.

Bride Sarneet Singh, a geriatric trainee in St. Mary & # 39; s, and groom Neil Bhadresha, a doctor in St. Thomas were surrounded by guests as they left the Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office today.

The couple beamed and were flooded with confetti by their wedding guests as they exited the old Chelsea City Hall.

Wedding receptions for up to 30 guests are now allowed to further ease England's lockdown after plans to allow celebrations were put on hold.

Bride Sarneet Singh and groom Neil Bhadresha beamed as guests tossed confetti as they left the Kensington and Chelsea registry offices today

Guests celebrating the wedding as receptions for up to 30 guests are now allowed in England

Guests celebrating the wedding as receptions for up to 30 guests are now allowed in England

Boris Johnson announced that from Saturday, newlyweds can celebrate the occasion with friends and family at a small reception following the ceremony.

However, this can only be done in a location that complies with Covid-19 guidelines and must not be in people's homes or gardens as per government instructions.

British couples, who feared their wedding receptions would be canceled due to the pandemic, also shared their relief over the government's decision to allow the celebrations from today.

Claudia Green, a future bride and founder of London-based Green Fox Bakery, said this meant "the world to her" as a woman getting married, but also as a supplier in the wedding industry.

Wedding guests gather around a car while the bride and groom drive away from the registry office

Wedding guests gather around a car while the bride and groom drive away from the registry office

A photographer photographs the wedding reception in front of the registry office

A photographer photographs the wedding reception in front of the registry office

Her wedding had already been canceled twice this year, a new date is currently set for May 2021. However, you have decided to hold a small ceremony over the next few weeks.

She added, “Being able to celebrate our closest family and friends with us after our ceremony means the world to us.

& # 39; We are very excited about the new guidelines for larger receptions. It's a welcome relief!

"We've had such a terrible year and it's really nice to be able to legally get married and have a chance to celebrate before our 'real' wedding next year!"

Lauren Naylor, 39, a beauty brand consultant based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, canceled her wedding in May – but is determined to celebrate her wedding this month.

People stand outside and watch a live stream of Sarneet Singh and Neil Bhadresha's wedding

People are standing outside watching a live stream of Sarneet Singh and Neil Bhadresha's wedding

One woman wipes her eye while another grins while watching the live stream of the wedding

One woman wipes her eye while another grins while watching the live stream of the wedding

She will hold onto her more intimate event after her wedding as it's easier than trying to put together an occasion for a "tricky number" of people.

She found a rejection at Chelsea City Hall in July, where a maximum of 16 people are allowed in the ceremony room despite a capacity of 38 people.

She said: "Of course we like bigger numbers, but to be honest, 30 is a tough number.

"I would say you either have an intimate little wedding when you are 20 or younger, or you go big.

Guests who were unable to attend the ceremony watched on a live stream outside

Guests who were unable to attend the ceremony watched on a live stream outside

“So I still think that many weddings and wedding venues will struggle to keep going. I'm really grateful and glad that part of the wedding industry can get to work.

"For us, however, we stay as we were (including small numbers in the local pub afterwards) … but at least it will be an unforgettable day! & # 39;

Jed Brown and Sophie Luckhurst, both 27, announced that 24 guests would attend their ceremony at Shottle Hall near Belper, Derbyshire.

They told BBC East Midlands that they were "thrilled" to have their family and friends partying after their ceremony when they get married later this month.

They added that they were still "concerned" whether the event would go as planned.

Plans to allow receptions from August 1 were postponed by the Prime Minister with just 24 hours' notice as the spread of coronavirus increased in the community.

Claudia Green, a future bride and founder of London-based Green Fox Bakery, said this meant "the world to her" as a woman getting married, but also as a supplier in the wedding industry

Claudia Green, a future bride and founder of London-based Green Fox Bakery, said it meant "the world to her" as a woman getting married, but also as a supplier in the wedding industry

When Mr Johnson made the announcement, he admitted that it would be a "blow" to those who had made plans.

The updated guide states that if possible, attendees at a wedding reception should remain seated while dancing should not be permitted due to the risk of transmission.

The seating arrangement should comply with guidelines on social distancing, i.e. no more than two households sit together, with outdoor table service being preferred.

Activities like cake cutting should limit the number of guests involved whenever possible, the guide says, and avoiding tossing confetti or a bouquet of flowers is recommended.

It states that speeches should be given outside or in well-ventilated areas, and it is recommended that neither the speaker nor observer raise their voices to avoid the risk of aerosol transmission of the virus.

Lauren Naylor (pictured with her partner), 39, a beauty brand consultant from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, canceled her wedding in May - but is determined to celebrate her wedding this month

Lauren Naylor (pictured with her partner), 39, a beauty brand consultant from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, canceled her wedding in May – but is determined to celebrate her wedding this month

No wedding receptions or parties were allowed to take place beforehand. A celebration was held after the ceremony to maintain social distancing rules for six people outside or two households inside.

Weddings and civil partnerships of up to 30 guests have been permitted in England since July 4th, where this can be safe accommodation while respecting social distancing.

This is the maximum number for all attendees in the event, including the couple, guests, and any third party vendors, e.g. B. Photographers.

Casinos, bowling alleys, theaters and event venues have also reopened, allowing up to 30 guests to attend wedding receptions today.

Audiences are allowed to return to the theater and indoor spaces provided the audience follows social distancing guidelines.

Tattoo studios, beauty salons, spas, and hairdressers can now also offer additional services, including front-of-face treatments like eyebrow threading.

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