One of the plus sides of the Covid-19 situation is the opportunity for those with small families and a limited budget to get married with venues and photographers desperate for business and with unusual vacancies. In most cases, it’s simply a case of needing a last minute wedding ring to get married.
While a wedding dress may jump first to the Brides mind, the marriage ring is a symbol of the eternal union which adorns that ring finger every day afterwards. It won’t go into a box never to be worn again and will hold those treasured memories and constant reminder.
With a 30 person limit exception in England and Wales, some people are actively taking the opportunity to avoid the headache of arranging big weddings and seating dramas. It’s the perfect excuse to not have to pay to feed distant family members who’d you’d not miss if they were there or not.
Last minute Wedding Rings
If you’ve franticly rushed around arranging the last-ditch wedding, and forgot the rings or been let down by your supplier. Then it is actually possible to get a wedding ring short notice. Companies like Wedding Rings Direct advise they can deliver a wedding ring in 24-48 hours where available and in stock with no adjusting needed.
If you have more breathing space on time, it is even possible to have a wedding ring sample delivered to your door to make sure you are getting the perfect wedding band, meaning you could still have the ring of your dreams within a week.
Where to buy last minute wedding rings
The key to buying Wedding rings at a quick turnaround is finding jewellers who have large stock available ready to dispatch by courier.
Plain bands made from metal like Titanium, Platinum, Gold, Silver or Palladium are all possible to deliver in rapid time. Jewel-inlaid and shaped rings are also possible if in stock for your eleventh-hour rescue.
Do you need a wedding ring to get married?
Technically no, although the symbol of commitment has been around for a very long time since ancient Egypt. It’s been a big part of the traditional English wedding since the middle ages. In 1549 the common book or prayer stated: “With this ring I thee wed, this gold and silver I give thee”. Which was actually a leather purse to complete the contract of marriage between families.
Wedding bands are a symbol of commitment, unity and life-long love and fidelity. In fact, it’s absence is often associated with being single. If the tradition is important to you, it might be time to look at where to buy last minute wedding rings.
How to get married quickly
The return of the shotgun wedding. First things first for a wedding or civil partnership, you need an approved venue and a registrar.
The cost of a registrar is:
- £46 at a register office
- £86 at a registered religious building
And there are legalities that have to be completed before the wedding like giving notice (usually £35 per person for UK nationals and you might need an appointment), which has to be done 29 days before the wedding and within a year of the wedding.
To give notice you will need:
- Details of the ceremony venue
- a valid passport, UK birth certificate (if you were born before 1 January 1983) or national identity card from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
- proof of your home address (drivers license, utility bill, bank statement)
- proof of any name changes (deed poll)
You need at least 2 witnesses at the ceremony. We’d like to think that these will people that mean something to you, and they can be the Best Man and Bridesmaid.
What is allowed at Weddings currently?
The government has published guidelines on covid-secure weddings in England:
- Venues have to open safely and ceremonies should be as short as possible
- No food or drink and group singing and playing of instruments must be avoided.
- A maximum of 30 should attend, but only where space to socially distance. This does include officials, guests, and photographers. Staff employed by the venue directly are not counted.
- The venue should record visitors’ details, in case they need to be traced and different bubbles should stay one metre apart.