Weddings are set to resume at the Princes Theatre this month following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Three ceremonies – a wedding and two civil partnerships – are scheduled in at the Tendring District Council-run venue, which had its marriage licence renewed in July.
The last wedding held at the Princes Theatre took place on 23 March, hours before restrictions were introduced temporarily banning ceremonies.
Fortunately the three forthcoming ceremonies were already intimate affairs, and so plans did not need changing to comply with restrictions in place on the number of guests allowed to attend.
Only 30 guests can watch the ceremony, and the bride may not be the only one wearing a veil as face masks are strongly recommended. Track and trace details are also collected, ceremonies take place in the Essex Hall.
The vast majority of other weddings booked in for 2020 have been rescheduled to next year, with all couples’ big days being accommodated.
New bookings are now being taken, with prices from £195. For new bookings the Princes Theatre hopes to offer a free live stream so anyone unable to attend due to the limit on numbers can join in remotely, with this service currently under development.
Meanwhile one lucky key worker couple from Clacton won a free wedding worth £5,000 from the Princes Theatre in its competition held during lockdown.
Alex Porter, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said having weddings return to the theatre would raise the mood.
“It is heartening to see weddings return to the Princes Theatre as a sign that things are slowly returning to normal, and being able to host couples’ special day is one of the highlights of the work we do,” Councillor Porter said.
“Congratulations to all those tying the knot at our theatre, and if you’re engaged and looking at where to hold your special day then I’d urge you to check out what we can offer.”
For more details about what is on offer at the Princes Theatre as a wedding venue visit https://princestheatre.co.uk/weddings/