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– By GEORGINA LAUD
WEDDINGS have been put on hold across the UK and around the world amid the coronavirus outbreak – but what can would-be brides and grooms do to make the most of the situation? Here are some tips to save the day.
Due to social distancing weddings have been put on pause across the UK, with social gatherings not allowed under the Government’s lockdown rules. There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for couples, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the relaxing of some rules starting on Monday, June 1.
Groups of six can meet from Monday, as long as the two-metre social distancing guidelines are abided by.
Part of the 51-page document on the Government’s lockdown plan states from June 1, officials are “examining how to enable people to gather in slightly larger groups to better facilitate small weddings”.
However, at the moment Government’s site Gov.uk states: “You cannot get married or register a civil partnership at the moment because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“If you’ve already booked a civil ceremony, contact the register office. This page will be updated when the situation changes.”
Here are some tips for couples who have found their weddings cancelled
Lessen the pressure
There are other options available, and Liz Taylor, Wedding and Events Planner at Taylor Lynn Corporation had a suggestion for soon-to-be-married couples.
She told Express.co.uk: “Many couples are feeling a huge pressure to rebook their entire wedding as quickly as possible.
“A mixture of family exuberance and disappointment at a missed wedding date, is driving couples in the wrong direction. My advice is to hit pause.
“If you want to rebook for 2021, the chances are you may not get the date and venue you prefer.
“You will need to be flexible on both. So here’s a suggestion.
“Take the pressure off yourselves now by organising a small ceremony and get married as soon as is safe. Then, send a beautiful invitation for a celebration at some point later in 2021.
“This gives you much more time to plan a special day and have greater flexibility in dates and times.”
The options for a delayed reception are endless, you can host any manner of party or celebration.
Ms Taylor suggests: “You could opt for a Sunday garden party or late-night celebration as you aren’t fixed to a wedding ceremony on the same day.
“You could include a marriage blessing in the party, or simply kick heels high and enjoy the time with friends and family.”