Brides-to-be suffer sleepless nights over wedding restrictions

Brides-to-be have said the uncertainty surrounding wedding restrictions has left them suffering ‘countless sleepless nights’ and feeling they would be better off getting married at ‘half time in a football match’.

It has been reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson may lift the 30-person limit on wedding receptions on June 21 – even if the easing of other lockdown restrictions is delayed amid rising coronavirus cases across the UK.

However, the continued uncertainty and lack of concrete information over what will happen has left some couples anxious and frustrated – especially as thousands of fans are being allowed into football stadiums and other sporting events. 

Melissa Thorneycroft, from Walsall in the West Midlands, said the restrictions make ‘no sense’.

Melissa Thorneycroft, 29, with her partner, Lewis Harper,31, says the restrictions on weddings don’t make sense

Rebecca Lee, 30, and her fiance Joe Henderson, 30, from Manchester, initially planned to get married on August 22, 2020, but have had to move the date twice to May 7 and then August 5 of this year

Rebecca Lee, 30, and her fiance Joe Henderson, 30, from Manchester, initially planned to get married on August 22, 2020, but have had to move the date twice to May 7 and then August 5 of this year

The 29-year-old’s wedding to Lewis Harper, a 31-year-old delivery driver, is planned for June 26 after being postponed from May 15.

‘I remember sitting and watching the Prime Minister’s announcement saying that 30 guests would come in on May 17 – I sobbed!’ the research systems and operations manager said.

‘Everything was booked at that time ready to go… I’d ordered loads of decor with the original date on, all of which has had to go in the bin.

‘We are going to have to face some hard choices if they do not remove the 30 limit.

‘If I moved my wedding to half time in a football match 4,000 could attend, it makes no sense.’

Ms Thorneycroft also noted that her venue will lose more than £2,000 of income on food and ‘even more’ on drinks if the restrictions are not lifted. 

Rebecca Lee and her fiance Joe Henderson, both 30 and from Manchester, initially planned to get married on August 22, 2020 – but have had to move the date twice to May 7 and then August 5 of this year.

‘My anxiety levels are through the roof. I’ve had countless sleepless nights now with the stress of it all,’ Ms Lee, a PR director, admitted.

‘Our original wedding caterer reluctantly had to back out of servicing our wedding because his costs were just spiralling – I felt so sorry for him.’

Ms Lee said the wedding was initially planned for 100 guests during the day and then an extra 30 for the evening, but this has since been reduced to 80.

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