The number of marriages registered in Renfrewshire has almost doubled in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year.

A total of 119 weddings were registered, with 55 of those in Paisley, 33 in Johnstone and 31 in Renfrew.

This compares to 64 in the first six months of 2020, when 26 took place in Renfrew, 21 in Paisley and 17 in Johnstone.

In June last year it was revealed that more than 70 weddings in Renfrewshire had been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Of those, 56 weddings did not take place, with 20 refunds being requested.
This year, that number has been halved, with 28 wedding bookings not taking place and 13 refunds applied for.

A total of nine weddings booked in Paisley did not take place this year, down by three on last year.

There were 14 ceremonies scrapped in Renfrew, which is down by 10 compared to 2020, with the number in Johnstone falling from 20 to five.

Renfrewshire’s move to Level 0 of Covid restrictions, which came into force on Monday, means 200 people can now attend weddings.

Dancing at weddings is also back – but only for celebrations taking place outdoors, where groups of up to 15 people no longer need to socially distance.