The 30-person cap on wedding ceremonies and receptions will be scrapped from 21 June 2021 in England.
Though there's no limit on how many guests can attend, the numbers must allow for social distancing and will be dictated by the size of the venue.
In Scotland, areas in level one are permitted to have weddings with 100 people. For those in level 2, only 50 people can attend and there is a 10.30pm curfew.
Wales' rules state that 30 people can attend a wedding reception indoors, and 50 people are permitted outdoors (not including children aged under 11 or carers).
And in Northern Ireland there’s no set limit on how many can attend marriages or civil partnership ceremonies. The number is determined by a risk assessment specific for the venue.
If you are concerned about the impact COVID-19 will have on your upcoming wedding, your first port of call is to speak to the venue and any suppliers you have agreements with to try and negotiate an agreeable way forward – for example agreeing a new date.
By law, deposits can't be 'non-refundable'; if a company keeps your money ask for a breakdown of why it can't be refunded. Read more about this below.
Availability can sometimes be an issue with venues, with some going bust, or even being double booked.
Before you commit to a venue for your wedding ceremony or reception, make sure you read the small print of your contract.
Should you need to move or cancel the date, what would your rights be? Look at what cancellation charges may apply and the timelines for these.
No one wants to find themselves having to cancel or move the date of their wedding, but it can happen - due to family illness, for example.
And you may have paid a deposit, or even the full cost of your venue already.
If you cancel your venue it is usually only allowed to keep an amount of money that will cover its actual losses.
For example, if you cancel one day before your wedding day, it will be unlikely that the venue will be able to cover all of its costs.
If you cancel at short notice, the business will have reasonable grounds to keep most - if not all - of your deposit, minus any savings it can make.
Possibly by cancelling orders, staff or if it is able to reuse any stock at a later date (like bottled alcohol).
In some cases they may choose to charge a cancellation fee. If they do so, this should be explained in your contract.
It is reasonable to expect your venue to give you a full or partial refund if you cancel well in advance because it will be able to resell the booking.
A cancellation charge is not necessarily fair just because it is in the contract you signed. If you are faced with a cancellation charge, it needs to be reasonable.
Cancellation charges should be a genuine estimate of the business’ direct loss.
So you’re clear on any costs, you may want to query the cancellation charge and check when it would apply before signing a contract.
If your wedding venue goes into administration, you'll need to register your claim for a refund with the administrator.
This can take a lot of time, and doesn't guarantee the whole of your deposit or venue fee back.
If you've paid for part or all of the venue fee by credit card, you can make a Section 75 claim.
You could also consider claiming your money back from your wedding insurance provider.
Regardless of whether you have a problem with an absent DJ, a wedding dress disaster or a catering catastrophe the same consumer laws apply.
And any service you pay for - like catering, a DJ or transport - must be provided with ‘reasonable care and skill’.
This means that when something goes wrong, or falls way below expectations you can claim a full or partial refund.
It is always a good idea to explain any problem to the service provider straight away on the day - they may be able to fix the problem there and then.
And don’t forget, you can also claim additional compensation for emotional distress if it severely impacts your enjoyment of your big day.