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Couple get married in front of 200 guests by having a drive-in wedding

Written by on 7 October 2020

A couple got married in front of more than 200 people when they held a drive-in wedding in Essex.

Roma Popat and Vinal Patel got around current coronavirus restrictions when their guests watched the four-hour ceremony on a big screen outside while sitting inside their own cars.

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Guests watch the COVID-safe wedding from their cars in the grounds of Braxted Park. Pic: Tim Stewart News

Only 15 guests are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions at COVID-secure locations in England – but the occasion was organised in just three weeks to create the special drive-in experience and allow more people to enjoy the couple’s big day.

The ceremony was held directly in front of a small number of immediate family – and shown on a screen outside where guests were watching from more than 100 parked cars.

Family from around the world were also able to see the wedding at Braxted Park in Chelmsford via video link.

The newlyweds, both 30 and from London, were able to wave to their guests parked outside when they enjoyed a tour of the grounds in a golf buggy.

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During the day, people sitting inside their cars were able to order food via a website and were also given snacks and hand sanitiser.

The couple’s original date for the Hindu wedding in April was postponed due to lockdown – but they then suggested the idea of a drive-in event.

Their wedding planner, Saheli Mirpuri, told The Guardian: “It soon had us all putting our heads together with enthusiasm to bring this wonderful, COVID-compliant wedding together.

“This was a creative way to still ensure that guests felt they were with the couple on the day.”