Covid-19: Can I Have Live Music At My Wedding from 21st June?

Covid-19: Can I Have Live Music At My Wedding from 21st June?

Bride and Grooms across the UK were desperately hoping 14th June would see the announcement the wedding industry needed, but, alas, it wasn’t to be.

Social distancing measures will need to remain in place for a few extra weeks, but it isn’t all bad news.

Weddings can now go ahead with more than 30 guests, and yes, live music is still allowed. So what are the rules for weddings from 21st June as far as live music is concerned?

How many wedding guests can I have from 21st June?

There will no longer be a set cap on wedding guests. Instead, the venue will need to do their own Risk Assessment to determine how many people the space can safely accommodate with social distancing in place. Please speak to your wedding venue to find out what this means for your wedding.

Indoor Weddings in England from 21st June

The UK government website states that live bands of up to 6 members may perform together inside. The band will need to adhere to the performing arts guidance and follow the principles for safer singing.

However, until social distancing measures have been lifted, it will be illegal to have a designated dance floor area inside. Dancing in general is advised against although not illegal.

That certainly doesn’t mean your wedding guests can’t enjoy a live band or musician. If you’re sticking with your current wedding date that falls before 19th July, speak to your band or music agency to discuss the options available such as an outside performance or even acoustic sets if you’d prefer something a little more key.

Outdoor Weddings in England from 21st June

If you’ve booked a wedding band or live entertainment, you might consider moving things outside where guests will have more freedom to socially distance.

As far as we’re aware, there are no specific rules with regards to dancing outside in a socially distanced space. A number of our couples have already made arrangements for outside marquees or gazebos for the band to perform under.

What counts as an outdoor wedding?

The government website states the following:

A marquee or other structure in a private garden must have at least 50% of its walled area open at any time for it to be classed as "outdoors".

What if I need to reschedule my wedding?

If you need to reschedule your wedding, the best thing to do is speak with your venue and suppliers to find out their position and what solutions they can offer.

If you've booked your wedding band through Bands For Hire, please reply to the member of our team you're in contact with and we'll do our best to accommodate any changes.