Financial support for the wedding industry in Scotland increased to £25million

The Scottish Government’s Covid support package for the wedding industry has been increased by £10million to £25million, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today – and applications open this Thursday

Bride and groom laughing at their ceremony
We can’t wait to watch happy couples tie the knot again, surrounded by lots of friends and family (Photo: Iris Art Photography)

After almost a year plagued by prolonged closure, constantly shifting restrictions and hardship, the wedding industry can breath a small sigh of relief, as it is finally to receive meaningful financial support from the Scottish Government.

Today, first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the £15million funding pot originally announced in December is being increased to £25million, with grants of up to £25,000 on the table. Applications open Thursday 28th January to all businesses in the industry – although, be warned, it’s first come, first served, so get in quick.

“We know that businesses involved in weddings employ thousands of people across the country and of course they play a really big role in making sure that couples enjoy the wedding day of their dreams,” Nicola Sturgeon said.  “So it’s really important that we support the sector now so that it is able to operate again once restrictions start to ease.

“I hope this support will provide some welcome help and reassurance to a sector that has found things particularly tough.”

Bagpiper and newlyweds
Entertainers, such as pipers, are all eligible for government support (Photo: Barry Robb Photography)