While this date was given as the best case scenario, the government has now confirmed that from this Saturday, receptions in the form of a sit-down meal for up to 30 guests will be permitted.
Ceremonies of up to 30 people (including all suppliers) have been permitted since 4 July, and can still go ahead as planned.
Since weddings have been allowed after the easing of lockdown measures, civil ceremonies have been popular for couples who just want to get married now.
Doing the legal bit as a small civil ceremony with a big party later is a route lots of people take if one person lives in another country, or if the couple plan on jetting overseas for a big wedding and some family members or friends can't make it.
While many couples who had a big wedding planned but had to cancel due to coronavirus are opting to just getting married anyway, and forgoing the big event altogether.
For the brides-to-be who are opting to enjoy a more low-key celebration this year, the idea of wearing a traditional gown is likely to be pushed aside in favour of a more relaxed and casual take on bridalwear.
When choosing a dress for a civil ceremony, look for breezy silhouettes with eye-catch details, such as a plunging backs or sweetheart necklines to elevate the look for the occasion.
We suggest avoiding overly long trains or puffy and corset details. Linen, tulle or silk are splendour enough.
Due to the less traditional nature of these ceremonies, the types of outfit brides-to-be can choose from doesn't stop at gowns.
From the midi and maxi dresses to androgynous suit tailoring, our guide will assist you on the outfits you should wear that are perfect for low-key and intimate ceremonies.
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There are endless midi options to choose from, and you needn't stick to the standard colours either. A classic choice that will make you feel event-ready in no time. We advise avoiding linen and cotton so as to make it feel a little more formal.
If you were inspired by Megan Markle’s wedding reception dress, you’re going to love the Pandora silk-satin halter neck midi dress by Galvan (Net-A-Porter, ?750). While not quite Stella McCartney, this 100 per cent silk dress will drape elegantly over your body, and the halter neck detailing is a flattering cut across the décolletage and shoulders. It is the perfect length to show off your favourite pair of heels, too.
For something a little less conventional, yet still gorgeous, go for Cecilie Bahnsen. The light pink Kelly dress (Cecilie Bahnsen, ?2,295) features a fitted bodice, voluminous puff-sleeves, and a midi cut that lightly grazes the ankles. The transitional nature of this dress means you can wear it way beyond your wedding day. You'll want to wear it with a heeled sandal, like this Steve Madden pair (Zalando, ?89.99).
Sleek, sophisticated and timeless – slip dresses are perfect for a minimalist and flawless bridal look.
Often a favourite brand among wedding guests and bridesmaids alike, but Ghost's bridal offering is strong too. This satin Bella dress (Ghost London, ?245) features a V-neck and plunging back and the adjustable spaghetti straps mean you can find a comfortable fit for you. Simple yet stunning.
If you're after something a little more luxurious, it's got to be Michael Lo Sordo's silk-satin grown (Net-A-Porter, ?645.60); for small intimate celebrations, this minimalist dress is ideal. Made from 100 per cent silk, the flattering, bias cut falls to a split skirt, meaning you can show off your wedding pumps. We'd use self-adhesive cups (Net-A-Porter, ?24) to underpin the plunging neckline.
For something equally as gorgeous with a nod to 90s minimalism, the harmony champagne satin dress by Alice + Olivia (Harvey Nichols, ?400) is a safe bet. The thin spaghetti straps and cowl neckline mean just the right amount of decolletagé is on show.
Tailoring is increasingly popular for civil ceremonies and is a safe choice if you've never considered yourself wearing a dress on your wedding day. With great choices from high-street to designer, there's something here to suit every budget.
Yet again, Whistles is coming out tops with its wedding sartorial choices. Nothing speaks to the modern bride quite like this Annie wedding blazer (Whistles, ?229) and coordinating trouser (Whistles, ?229) suit. Both a flattering fit, wear buttoned up or with a slinky, lace trimmed camisole underneath – you can't go wrong with this Anine Binge (Selfridges, ?100) silk number.
Mango is another great high street contender; this linen button blazer (Mango, ?49.99) and matching linen-blend trousers (Mango, ?35.99) is a great co-ord at an affordable price point. It also comes in yellow, blue and lilac, should you prefer a less traditional approach.