The government has revised its social distancing guideline for weddings so that they can now once again go ahead, but with a provision of a maximum of 30 guests. For many, this comes as a relief, and they can go ahead with their nuptials, and save the big party for another time.

But for those who have their hearts set on a grand celebration, This Is Money reports that they will still have to wait, and should they have already paid for venues and vendors, it may become difficult to arrange refunds or rescheduling.

Many venues and suppliers will have worked with couples to help arrange a new date for their wedding, but some have been caught withholding many thousands of pounds worth of deposits, as well as adding expensive administration fees, or refusing to cooperate with couples in rescheduling.

Many of those able to reschedule may now be stuck with cheaper options that those originally booked. Instead of the deserted wedding on a Saturday in August, they might now have to settle for a Monday in February instead. It then falls to the venue to decide on whether to refund the difference in the packages.

Wedding planning website Bridebook has estimated that 80 per cent of the UK’s wedding venues have already been reserved and booked for the key dates in 2021, and couples are discovering they are being charged much more for 2021 dates.

If photographers, florists, or other vendors are unable to make the rescheduled date, couples may lose deposits, and many have already lost hundreds of pounds in altering the date on rings, wedding favours, invites and gifts.

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