Phew! What a few weeks. For us, you, vendors, venues, registrars, flower arrangers, you name it! None stop since the government announced that the wedding industry is set to resume once more.
Despite this positive start to get the industry moving again, yesterday the Daily Mail reported that there’s still some ‘confusion’ over lockdown rules ending. The result of this is that potentially 7,000 couples up and down the country might have to cancel.
The government have come under fire from the likes of us in the wedding industry for only allowing larger events to happen outdoors from April 12.
The PM’s roadmap states that up to 15 people – not including children aged under five – can attend weddings and receptions when the loosening takes place next month.
But it has emerged there is a lot of confusion about whether that merely applied to gatherings outdoors, or also meant events could be staged inside.
According to the UK Weddings industry body, the government has recently clarified that all ceremonies and receptions will only be permitted at places of worship, public buildings and outdoor hospitality settings.
They added that this does not include most of the UK’s licensed venues where 71 per cent of weddings usually take place – although it swiped and joked that technically people could get married at a zoo.
It is estimated that over 7,000 weddings might have to be postponed or cancelled unless ministers relent, according to industry body.
Downing Streets stance on the matter is to reiterate that that there has been no change to its roadmap.
They further added:
“We would point to the road map which is clear that, at step two, weddings, receptions and commemorative events including wakes can take place with up to 15 attendees in premises that are permitted to open.”
“We have said throughout that outdoors is safer than indoors. That means, at step two – which is no earlier than April 12 – wedding receptions must take place outdoors.”
The schedule published in mid February stated that from April 12: ‘Weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).’
Up to six people are allowed to attend weddings from March 29, and the figure is set to rise to 30 from May before all limits are removed on the magical June 21st date (here’s hoping)
UK Weddings spokeswoman Sarah Haywood said:
“The roadmap indicated weddings and receptions could resume on 12th April. We have now discovered, not by being offered the information but by analysing the small print and repeatedly seeking clarity, that this is not the case.
“The £14.7billion wedding sector can reasonably expect Government’s own messaging to be clear and unambiguous”
“It is neither, and after a year of uncertainty for businesses, their employees and over half a million people whose weddings have been on hold, this is yet another major blow”
“The reality facing the sector is that a couple could technically get married in a zoo, but not in a Covid-safe, purpose-built wedding venue.”
We understand how difficult it must be if you’re wanting to plan your big day. Our advice is to talk to us, no matter when your wedding is.
Should you want to discuss your big day, we urge you to get in touch. We have dealt with everything over the years, but nothing as massive as the Coronavirus crises.
But we are pleased to say that hopefully we are finally coming out the other side and looking forward.
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