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From 15th July, marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place indoors and outdoors with a maximum of 20 people, with physical distancing in place and where venues are able to allow that number to attend safely.

The maximum number of 20 does includes registrar or minister or priest or celebrant, both parties, both witnesses, all those at the ceremony, including children, carers supporting any attendee, photographer, musicians or any other person employed by the couple.  The maximum number of 20 does not include any limitation on numbers of households.

We are currently accepting marriage and civil partnership notice forms and all supporting documents by email or post.  Please contact fife.registrars@fife.gov.uk for advice on how to submit your forms.  In your email, please let us know what your proposed date and venue is for your ceremony.

For civil ceremonies with a Registrar, we are fully booked until beginning of September.

If you would like to enquire about a new booking, please click on following link and complete form: https://www.fife.gov.uk/services/forms/request-information-on-planning-a-ceremony-in-fife

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Please read Government advice below:

Following a second announcement by the First Minister on July 10, and from July 15 onwards, further relaxations of the lockdown rules on marriage and civil partnership will begin:

  • The maximum number of people allowed to attend a marriage or civil partnership will be 20, with physical distancing in place and where venues are able to allow that number to attend safely
  • This figure sets marriage and civil partnership on a different footing from wider gatherings (where household and number restrictions remain); the maximum attendance of 20 people does not include any limitation on numbers of households, but does include the registrar or celebrant, any interpreter and so on
  • The maximum figure encompasses all those at the ceremony, including children, carers supporting any attendee, photographers, musicians or any other person employed by the couple, and so on
  • This figure also applies to both outdoor and indoor ceremonies (where venue capacity allows the ceremony to take place safely).

There will be a further review of numbers at the end of July. Any further changes to numbers will depend on health protection advice.

In its guidance for celebrants and couples considering a ceremony, Scottish Government also provides advice on a number of issues which will be of use to registrars and registration managers as they take forward civil marriages and civil partnerships in phase 3:

  • To minimise the chance of exposure to COVID-19, registrars should advise that any potential participant in a ceremony or other attendee who has symptoms or is self-isolating should not attend
  • If either party, the witnesses or anyone else attending the ceremony shows clear symptoms of COVID-19 on the day, the marriage or civil partnership should not go ahead
  • Any person who is shielding should continue to follow Scottish Government guidance on shielding
  • Any person who becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 should be sent home, and advised to follow guidance on what to do when you develop symptoms
  • Attendees should continue to practise good hand and cough hygiene (including the handling of rings and other objects, such as those associated with hand-fasting, and so on)
  • Face coverings can be worn as a desirable, precautionary measure by parties, witnesses and guests at an indoor ceremony (additional guidance on face coverings is available at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/).

The Scottish Government guidance, with full details of the above issues, can be accessed at the following link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnership-registrations/

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