Wedding venues are developing creative ways to help couples enjoy their big day despite coronavirus restrictions.
On Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the 30 guest limit for weddings is still being lifted today (June 21) – and the number of attendees will instead be determined by how many people a social distancing venue can accommodate.
However, dancing is still taboo, aside from a couple’s first dance.
Crown Hall Farm is ready for its first wedding. Image courtesy Sarah Carter Photography. (48247305)
Crown Hall Farm near Dozens Bank in West Pinchbeck has been turned into a wedding venue by Natalie and Lewis Slack – and the team is ready to host the first ceremony at the location later this month.
They would like to offer “music bingo” and “women and women” games in the bachelorette party, in which teams of six can form teams and compete against each other – and fill the gap left by the ban on dancing.
Natalie said, “We try to come up with a lot of fun ideas that people can do with music that doesn’t require them to dance.
“We tried to come up with a whole range of fun activities that can still be fun when people are still seated.”
She said keeping up with the government’s changing rules was challenging, but that a five-acre farm with outside areas allows them to be Covid-safe.
The first wedding will be a Greek theme to host a couple who should get married in this country.
Natalie added, “We’re very excited – they are a really, really nice couple.
“We tried to support them and find out what they can and cannot do.”
Couples planning to get married at Spaldings Sessions House in June and July had already rescheduled their events – and the venue said it is preparing for a series of parties that will be booked during the fall months.
The venue – the former district court – also arouses interest as a backdrop for photo shoots or as a meeting and interview room.
Two weddings have already been carried out this year in the parish church of St. Marien and St. Nikolaus in Spalding. The next one is in August.
Rev John Bennett said, “You’d like to think there won’t be any restrictions by then, but who knows?”
The parish church could accommodate around 100 people with social distancing.
On Sunday the baptisms were returned to the church, which are currently also suspended due to restrictions.