Couples must clean hands before exchanging rings when weddings return

Couples planning to tie the knot when coronavirus restrictions are eased next month should wash their hands before and after exchanging rings, according to new Government guidance.

The advice for England states that no more than 30 people should attend a marriage or civil partnership from July 4, and social distancing rules must be obeyed.

It's not just the wedding service that will be different. Plastic champagne flutes, dresses put in quarantine and face masks for fittings are just some of the measures in place as bridal shops reopen.

Receptions or parties after weddings should not take place, but small celebrations - with groups of up to two households indoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors - will be permitted.

Services should be concluded in the "shortest reasonable time", and the guidance states: "Where the exchanging of rings is required or desired for the solemnisation of the marriage or the formation of the civil partnership, hands should be washed before and after.

More than 250,000 weddings usually take place in the UK each year, though many couples have been affected by lockdown restrictions that came into force in March