Felixstowe couple considering cancelling wedding after halt on reception rule changes

PUBLISHED: 19:00 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 20:00 31 July 2020

Luke Smith and his fiancee Victoria Button Picture: LUKE SMITH

Luke Smith and his fiancee Victoria Button Picture: LUKE SMITH


A Felixstowe couple are concerned they will have to cancel their wedding after changes to lockdown were put on hold.

Luke Smith and his fiancée Victoria Button are due to get married at the end of August.

They have been left concerned after proposed easings to restrictions which would have allowed them to have a reception were put on hold.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke on Friday to confirm that the next proposed rule changes had been postponed for at least two weeks because of rises in cases.

“We cannot be complacent and I won’t stand by and allow this virus to threaten to cause more pain and more heartache in our country,” said Mr Johnson.

He said that, with numbers rising, “our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control”.

Currently, couples can tie the knot with up to 30 guests, who must follow social distancing regulations.

However, the weddings are only allowed to include a service with couples currently unable to have a reception afterwards.

Under the rule change, the couple would have been able to have a reception of up to 30 people as well.

Now, however, it is not clear if any change in restrictions will take place before the couple’s wedding day.

The announcement has come as a real blow to the couple who have been left unsure exactly where they stand.

“So could I have a wedding then all 30 people go to pubs or beach?” said Mr Smith.

“We’re in limbo and we are considering cancelling it.”

Months of uncertainty during lockdown has already been playing on the couple’s mind.

They have already paid for their wedding and are concerned about what happens if a company providing a service for the wedding fails before their big day.

“The wedding has been planned for over a year; the church, the horses, venue, the lot,” said Mr Smith.

“When you have paid for it all and a company goes bust, what do we do?”

Mr Smith said that they remained hopeful that things might change ahead of their big day but were not convinced that it would.

Reverend Mary Sokanovic will be the officiant for Mr Smith’s wedding, she too is concerned about the impact of what couples have already had to give up.

“There are a number of issues that will effect weddings and not just the reception but the ceremony as well and this is sad,” said Rvd. Sokanovic.

“I think with the receptions there is some confusion over rules for gatherings seeming to be different in different contexts.

“I have two weddings imminently and both need to go ahead for very good reasons and cancelling to next year would have very difficult implications.

“Both of these would love a smallish reception of around 30 but for both the quality of the service itself and being married is their main focus.

“They have already forfeited having hymns for understandable reasons other aspects too such as the bride being walked down the aisle by her father etc. so this is very hard for them.

“I’m sure we all understand the need for care and how hard making decisions is for the government but it is very hard for weddings about to happen in the coming weeks.

“I am sure some of the few that still planned to go ahead will now cancel.”

The Government will make any announcement on changes to wedding rules in due course.

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