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Couples due to marry in the coming weeks have been afforded some wiggle room with the 30 guest cap lifted from June 21 – but it's far from ideal.
The Mirror has spoken to four couples forced to re-arrange multiple times, who are all anxious to tie the knot restriction-free.
But having already lost money and with – in some cases – thousands tied up in deposits and other costs, are still being left with no choice but to go ahead with weddings far from what they had dream of.
With footage from over the weekend of football fans in Wembley for England's Euro opener against Croatia, and the post-win celebrations, it has left a sour taste.
And that's not to mention the vast number of attendees at the three-day G7, which saw Mr Johnson mingling at large-scale bashes with the likes of the Queen and Joe Biden in Cornwall.
Brides and grooms-to-be have questioned why a similar Covid test system can't be adopted for weddings.
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Weddings were due to be restriction-free as of June 21
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Since May 17, weddings and receptions have been allowed in England with up to 30 attendees the cap has now been lifted and there can be an unlimited number but the venue must remain 'Covid-secure".
These can happen either anywhere outdoors, or in a 'Covid-secure venue' indoors (but not an indoor private home).
All guests at an indoor ceremony should wear masks – though the official leading the wedding, and the couple getting married, can go mask-free. Guests can be fined £200 if they fail to 'mask up' without an exemption.
They is also a ban on dancing and singing but the happy couple are allowed to have the traditional 'first dance'.
Kate and Alex
Kate Bell and James Pyman face losing £4,000 if they have to cancel their wedding
Kate Bell, 30, and Alex Pyman, 29, are due to marry on August 1 and feel it's "not feasible" to have a wedding without any dancing.
They have 65-70 guests invited to the ceremony and a further 30-40 to the reception, and stand to lose thousands on deposits and have been told moving their date again – for a second time – will see the venue add an additional fee.
Kate told the Mirror: "I think these new rules are a token gesture so I have mixed thoughts
"I don't understand how I can go to an exercise class and sweat in a room filled with other people but people can't dance at my wedding.
"You see people watching the football and they dive over each other but I can't have a disco at my reception? The disco is one of the most important parts of a wedding.
"People might say I shouldn't have booked a wedding during the pandemic but I didn't as I booked the wedding in 2019.
"Now we have to consider whether we are happy to compromise so it can go ahead.
"If we cancel it we lose £4,000 which isn't covered by insurance because we are cancelling not the other way around."
Kate and Alex got engaged four years ago and had initially booked in 2019 to marry on September 4 last year.
"Had all my dress and everything ready because I'm super-organised like that, but then the pandemic hit," Kate said.
"The first time, we were like fine, this is a really unprecedented thing and Boris is doing what he has to do and we were very accepting."
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They re-arranged for later this summer thinking by then "things would be fine".
She estimates she and her fiancé have about £1,000 left to pay off on the venue, while the majority of their suppliers have all taken non-refundable deposits.
"It's getting to stage now where I'm thinking if I can't have it now I just want to cancel the whole thing."
The wedding was initially due to take place on a Friday but the current date is a Sunday, due to reduced costs.
"If we stayed with the Friday they were going to charge us more money," said Kate. "They've told us already there'll be an additional fee if we move it again to next year.
"You feel for them because they've got no money coming in, it's a Catch-22 for everyone," she added.
Leah and Stephen
Leah Williams and Stephen Wood cannot move in together until they're married due to their beliefs
Leah Williams, 23, and her fiancé Stephen Wood, 26, cannot move in together until they've tied the knot, as per their Christian beliefs, with the pandemic having seen them cancel their big day four times.
The pair, from Wakefield, Yorkshire, originally got engaged in March 2019, and Leah said the new rules feel like a 'kick in the teeth'.
Leah told the Mirror: "We're optimistic and we are trying to stay optimistic because our wedding isn't until August 30.
"After July 19 we are still a number of weeks after the supposedly 'new day' that it's all being eased but I'm still really nervous.
"I don't know how to feel as I feel anxious all the time, on edge, even with them getting rid of the 30-limit we still have to wear masks.
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"I don't want to walk down the aisle to masks. That's not normal, it's not a normal situation."
"It feels like a kick in the teeth in a way because weddings and funerals were skimmed over so quickly I don't feel that it was given the attention that it does deserve.
"It's such a huge event for people including funerals too. It's not mentioned enough and I feel like more can be done.
"I'm speechless – I thought I would feel better after hearing that news."
Leah and Stephen are desperate to start their lives together
Due to the couple's Christian beliefs, they can't live together until they've married in a church.
"We haven't been able to get a house, we haven't been able to do any of that alongside a wedding," said Leah.
"It's a big thing in the church. We won't live together until we're married. Our whole lives are literally on hold because of what we believe."
Money has been tight for the young couple, meanwhile, with Stephen having been furloughed throughout the last year and constant cancellations seeing them lose hundreds of pounds on deposits.
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They were due to get married today at one stage, after two postponements this time last year and April – and are now set for August 30 – a Bank Holiday Monday.
They've borrowed money off family and the likes of bridesmaids' dresses will need to be replaced regardless as they no longer fit after two years.
In light of fans being allowed into Wembley over the weekend for England's Euros opener, along with the G7 summit, Leah said weddings should be able to go ahead as normal as long as everyone tests negative on the day.
She added: "Mentally, physically, emotionally, it's not something I'd recommend. Don't get married in a pandemic."
Laura and John
Laura Reynolds and her partner John Cumber had their heart set on 130 guests
Laura Reynolds, 41, and her partner John Cumber, 37, have been together for 14 years and engaged for four, and are also on their fourth wedding date, currently due to tie the knot on July 27.
The anxious bride-to-be, from Hayling Island, Hampshire, said not being able to finalise her guest list, as well as catering and decorations, has been the most frustrating part.
"It’s so tough as we have invited about 130 people to the day," she told the Mirror.
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She said she and John have been unable to finalise the guest list, as well as catering and other plans until "the very last minute".
"I’m absolutely gutted this is happening and I’m sick of planning and stopping, and planning again and stopping."
"It has taken the fun out of planning the day and the special moments have all had lingering doubts."21
Alex and Daisy
Alex and Daisy have just 10 guests
Alex Georgiou, 32, and his partner Daisy, 29, had already whittled their wedding guest list down to just 10 people, including themselves, but have their heart set on an otherwise restriction-free day.
Under the new rules he will have to 'uninvite' three guests as his venue only allows up to eight people.
Alex, who lived in Hertfordshire, said: "I'm confused, disappointed and angry.
"The rules are vague and this is the fourth time now that it's likely I will have to cancel my wedding.
"We are getting married in Chelsea Town Hall and there's only eight of us but we have to arrive together which means I'll see my bride before she walks down the aisle.
"There will be 11 of us but we are planning to get married in one of the smallest room which can only hold eight people so that's three people too many.
"We also looked at the reviews for the venue and couples said the photographers were not allowed to move around the room but stay in one place to take all the photos which is just ridiculous.
"My fiancee's dad will be walking her down the aisle but because we all have to wear face masks she'll never see the smile on his face.
"We purposely decided to have a small intimate wedding but with just 11people it's still too much.
"What is even more ridiculous is by the time our wedding takes place on July 10 most of us would have been double vaccinated by then.".
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"With the Rule of Six, we can't have our wedding breakfast in the restaurant," he added.
Alex and Daisy – who have been engaged since 2019 – are due to marry on July 10, having previously had it pencilled in for May last year, then October and May just gone.
The groom said the couple had originally envisioned a bigger wedding, but due to the pandemic were happy to reduce it down.
"In the beginning there was going to be about a hundred of us, nothing too fancy. It was going to be like registry office, and then a party – a marquee set up.
"But we thought s** it, let's just do a small family wedding and we'll do a big party on the one-year anniversary," he explained. "So we have lost a bit of money. Touch wood, the registry office has let us rebook that and same as the restaurant."
Football fan Alex went on to say while he loves the Euros, he couldn't help feeling short changed seeing the game at Wembley and celebrations that followed over the weekend.
"It can't be one rule for that and not for people getting married, dancing and having a good time. We don't even want to do that. We literally want a very small wedding, to enjoy it like it should be, no one having to wear masks and a nice meal in a restaurant afterwards," he added.