Covid unlocking delay threatens 50,000 weddings as couples plead ‘let us have our day’

Clarice Burton, 28, who is due to marry Max Hunter, 26, says her mental health has taken a ‘huge downturn’

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Couples desperate to marry have pleaded “let us have our day” as experts warned delaying Covid unlocking will threaten 12,500 weddings a week.

Industry leaders fear the sector will haemorrhage £325million every seven days if claims the Government could postpone Step Four of its roadmap for at least a fortnight come true.

Around 50,000 weddings are plan-ned in the month from June 21, the earliest date for full reopening.

Nuptials are currently limited to 28 guests, plus the bride and groom, with advice against live music or dancing.

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Cat Ridley, who is set to wed fiancé James Vine, from Plymouth, said 'I haven’t got it in me to go through another postponement'

Clarice Burton, who is due to marry on July 3, said: “If I have to postpone my wedding again, I stand to lose thousands of pounds.

“My mental health has taken a huge downturn, my partner and I have large families and 30 guests is absolutely not feasible.

“Weddings have proved they can be safe by adding in testing in advance.”

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Clarice, of Reading, Berks, was originally due to marry Max Hunter, 26, last year with 138 guests.

Cat Ridley, 28, of Plymouth, has already had to postpone her 84-guest barn wedding to fiance James Vine, 30, twice and is due to marry on June 26.

She said: “I haven’t got it in me to go through another postponement.”

Ben Wright, 26, of Horsham, West Sussex, due to marry Beth Bullen with 100 guests on July 3, begged PM Boris Johnson : “You have had your wedding. Let us have ours.”

Ben Wright and fiancé Beth Bullen, from Horsham, Sussex, tell Boris 'you have had your wedding. Let us have ours'

Step Four could be delayed because of rising cases of the Delta variant, which originated in India.

The sector has lost £16.5billion since the first lockdown, with 320,000 weddings postponed or cancelled.

Sarah Haywood, of the UK Weddings Taskforce, said: “Huge investment has been made in the ramp-up to full reopening on June 21 – the only date we have been given to work to.

“The loss is not just the £325m for each week’s delay to full reopening.

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"It is the millions also lost on wages to prepare for June 21, and the effect on cashflow.”

Campaign group What About Weddings found 39% of suppliers fear going out of business within three months if they cannot reopen.

Co-founder Tamryn Settle said: “For workers, it will mean the difference between survival and the loss of their business.

"For couples, it will mean painful decisions, postponements and heartache.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice warned Britons to “holiday at home” after people dashed home from Portugal to avoid quarantine when it was removed from the travel green list.

He suggested it was unlikely that popular destinations would be added, and said: “We’ve just got to take a very cautious approach.”

Under-30s faced difficulties booking their first Covid jabs via the busy NHS website on Tuesday.

NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens hailed the “encouraging Glastonbury-style rush for appointments”.

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