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Request for help with academic research about conducting ceremonies during COVID

Your help is needed…

Please find below an email from Professor Stephanie Pywell who is a leading academic researcher in the issues currently surrounding marriages in England. Some of you might recall that she conducted the original independent research into wedding celebrancy that fed into the Law Commission report.

It would be great if you are able to help with her latest research by taking part in the survey detailed below. Stephanie’s email is hopefully self-explanatory.



I am Stephanie Pywell (, Professor of Law and Social Justice at The Open University. I am emailing on behalf of my colleague, Fred Motson (, Lecturer in Law at The Open University, and myself.

Fred and I are conducting a large-scale research project involving a survey of groups of individuals who solemnise marriages, conduct religious-only weddings or lead wedding-style ceremonies – which, for simplicity, we refer to collectively as ‘ceremonies’ – and the people responsible for creating COVID-related policies or guidance for them to follow.

The survey explores these individuals’ feelings and practices regarding the creation and/or implementation of COVID-specific health and safety measures between 4 July 2020 and 18 July 2021, and what, if any, constraints they tried to implement in ceremonies during the first few weeks after all restrictions were withdrawn on 19 July 2021.

Full details about the project are given on the first page of the survey, which you should be able to access via this link. If this does not work, you can copy and paste the full URL into the address bar of your browser: .

The survey is open until 23:59 GMT on Sunday 19 February.

The password is Ceremonies with a capital ‘C’ and with no space before or after it.

Thank you for considering this request to participate in our research.

With kind regards


On behalf of Fred Motson and myself

Stephanie Pywell, Professor of Law and Social Justice
Law School, Faculty of Business and Law

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