Boogying round the dancefloor ban! Bookings for silent discos rocket as couples skirt Covid restrictions by planning outdoor parties
- Weddings with more than 30 people can go ahead if social distancing is possible
- Several couples are choosing to have discos with guests wearing headphones
- Will Lang, the director of Silent Disco 4U, has seen a huge increase in bookings
Couples planning to tie the knot are booking outdoor silent discos so their guests can dance on their wedding day.
Boris Johnson announced on Monday that despite a four-week delay to ending all Covid restriction, marriages will be allowed to go ahead with no fixed size limit from tomorrow.
While there will no longer be a 30-person limit, guests still have to adhere to the current social distancing guidelines, with dancing inside the venue – aside from the bride and groom’s first dance – banned.
But many couples are still determined for their guests to have a boogy on their special day, finding a way around the rules by booking outdoor silent discos, The Sunday Times reports.
Couples planning to tie the knot are booking outdoor silent discos so their guests can dance on their wedding day. Stock image
Will Lang, director of Silent Disco 4U, which supplies equipment, said: ‘We received 200 enquiries from couples within 48 hours of Boris’s announcement, most of them looking to book for June and July.
‘They might not be able to have a normal dancefloor, but they still want to party and have fun. We have 4,500 headsets going out to weddings this week.’
A silent disco sees guests each wear a pair of headphones which offer a selection of different music channels so they can spread out to dance.
The new rules mean guests will have to remain seated at tables of no more than six, with stand-up receptions indoors and outdoors banned, and face masks must be worn at the ceremony and reception unless eating or drinking.
Wedding do’s and don’ts
- Weddings (and wakes) with more than 30 people, subject to the venue’s social distancing capacity.
- The couple’s first dance
- Speeches – preferably outside or using a PA system so no shouting is needed
- Cutting the cake
- Guest books and photo booths
- Dancing indoors
- Stand-up receptions at either indoor or outdoor venues
- Dancing outside
- Singing, including hymns
- Cash donations
- Shared orders of service
Venues will be responsible for carrying out risk assessments before weddings that set out how many guests are allowed.
Silent outdoor discos could be a solution for many disappointed brides and grooms, who have expressed their sadness at not being able to party and dance on their big day.
Sarah Balfour, 45, from London is meant to be getting married to partner Lloyd Michaels, 47, on July 11 – having already postponed their nuptials once in August last year.
She is postponing yet again because she can’t have the wedding she has planned with 120 guests and admitted she’s ‘beginning to feel like Miss Havisham waiting in my wedding dress with cobwebs all over me’.
‘If there’s restrictions like, only the couples can do the first dance and guests aren’t allowed to dance, or if they have to wear face masks, we’re just not going to do that, it’s not the way that we want our wedding to be,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘We’ve got big families and it defeats the purpose, because you want your wedding to feel comfortable, you don’t want people to feel uncomfortable.
‘Whilst people might not want to hug each other, that I understand, something like socially distanced table seating and guests wearing masks and not allowed to dance, it takes away from the wedding.
‘Music for me is huge, I’ve got a fantastic musicians performing at the wedding and I want people to feel free to party and dance, and if they can’t do that it’s not really what I’ve got in mind. It just becomes background music, which is not what we want.’
Sarah, who works as a wedding planner and whose business was devastated by the pandemic, said everybody ‘understands’ but it’s obviously very frustrating from a planning perspective.
Sarah Balfour, 45, from London, is meant to be getting married to partner Lloyd Michaels, 47, on July 11 – having already postponed their nuptials once in August last year – but has decided to move it yet again
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