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10 May 2021, 17:40
When will weddings go back to normal in England and what will the new rules be on 17 May?
Boris Johnson confirmed today that the third stage of lockdown-easing will go ahead on May 17 as planned.
This will come as welcome news to many planning to tie the knot this year, as it means that the rules on weddings will change to allow more guests and options for your big day.
Here's everything you need to know about the planned rule changes to weddings.
From May 17, up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings and receptions at a Covid-secure venue indoors or outdoors (including private gardens for receptions).
Currently, before the rules change on May 17, weddings are limited to 15 people (including the couple tying the knot), and receptions must take place outdoors.
The government has said that it plans to lift all legal restrictions on weddings from June 21, meaning that - if that date goes ahead - weddings will go ahead as normal from then.
When Mr Johnson, who is engaged to partner Carrie Symonds, was asked by The Sun in March if he was planning a summer wedding, he replied: "The wedding industry is certainly gonna come roaring back in common with many other sectors of the economy."
All lockdown-easing is subject to the state of coronavirus in the country, with Boris Johnson saying it will be driven by 'data not dates', saying that it will be depend on the following: