Weddings back to normal by June
23 Feb 2021
There was positive news for brides and grooms to be last night (February 22) with weddings set to return to ‘normal’ from June 21
With around 200,000 weddings postponed since March 2020 couples desperate to finally say their vows in front of their friends and family were finally offered some good news when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown number three, hoped by many to be the last the UK will need.
Although it offers a tentative start it means finally couples will be able to start planning their special days with a degree of certainty.
Under the roadmap (which is subject to change depending on the Covid-19 data), wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 15 people will once again resume from April 12 with that number rising to 30 hopefully from May 17 and then restrictions on numbers finally lifted from June 21.
Non-essential retail like bridal shops, hairdressers and nail salons will be able to re-open from April 12 and while global holidays remain forbidden, staycations in the UK will be able to resume for those wanting a mini-moon – in self-catering accommodation from April 12 and then in the rest of the accommodation sector from May 17.
Couples and wedding suppliers alike are celebrating the news that weddings could be back to normal by the end of June 2021
Kevin Kitteridge from Silverline Limousines and Wedding Cars said: “It’s fabulous news – I don’t think we could have asked for more – today has been full of positivity in the Silverline camp.
“It’s finally given couples some clarity of how their wedding might be. In all we’ve had 700 postponements last year – some people up to four times. Once couples have postponed a couple of times you find they tend to move it a year – 2022 is busy already, but we’ve also been lucky to work with some fabulous couples, who have embraced the restrictions. Obviously, there are still certain restrictions and it is all dependent on no more outbreaks etc, but we’ve had bookings today for September and October and it would be fantastic if we’re back to normal at the end of June.
“I know the wedding forces have been meeting with the government and are disappointed the number wasn’t raised to 50, but personally I think it’s great and am just looking forward to getting back to normal with an even busier year in 2022.”
Norfolk-based wedding photographer Paul Stearman said: “It’s good news. I’m pleased for couples and myself, because taking wedding photographs is what I love to do. It’s been a difficult time and I feel for many wedding suppliers who have had it tough, but I’m really excited to get back to normal.
“I had 37 weddings this year, about half have moved to next year and I can understand that because people want certainty, but a number have stuck with it. I now have 18 weddings between April and November. I spoke to my April couple 10 days ago and they said as long as they could have a minimum of 15 people they would go ahead.
“I think a lot will depend on how the vaccination programme goes – the bottom line is it’s about people being sensible now.”
David Robinson from The Banqueting Hire Service believes this is the start of the recovery for weddings. He said: “It’s gone from one extreme to the other; we haven’t really done any significant work since this started in March 2020, but this morning I’ve had 76 emails from people requesting to move or book weddings for the second half of July onwards.
“I think people do want a bit of a buffer with the dates, but for the first time it’s down to public confidence and how people feel personally. I think as that confidence grows pace will start to gather and we will have a busy year for weddings, but I think 2022 is going to be that ‘epic’ year for weddings. After the Spanish flu we saw the emergence of the roaring twenties thanks to the hospitality industry and I’m hoping we will see our own version in 2022.” Weddings and receptions are hoped to resume for 15 from April 12, increase to 30 from May 17 and then all restrictions lifted from June 21
Bride account manager, Fiona Jackson’s wedding to Carson Revell should have taken place in November 2020, but the couple postponed their nuptials at Pentney Abbey until October 2021. On hearing the announcement Fiona said: “Delaying our wedding was really disappointing as we’d finally booked a date after four years of being engaged, but we decided to move all our plans to October so we could enjoy the lead up to our wedding, rather than having to move everything again closer to the time.
“Although, I was hopeful that our wedding in October would go ahead I was starting to feel nervous about whether it actually would be able to, whether we would be able to have all of our guests and the day we had planned and if we would also be able to enjoy the lead up to our day, so had held off making any further plans, although most of our suppliers were already booked from our previous date.
“With the easing of restrictions and the news that weddings should be able to go ahead as normal from June comes a huge relief, and now I actually feel like I can start to get excited and start really planning the finishing touches, hen party etc for our day. We are now going to send our invites - although it may still be a little early to do this, I think it will give everyone something to start looking forward to. Obviously, I appreciate the dates are just guidelines and these can still change, but it’s a real step in the right direction and makes me feel much more confident that the wedding we have planned will be able to go ahead.”