Thousands of excited couples had to put their wedding plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions. However, as the government announces a phased lifting of constraints, brides and grooms who had their nuptials pencilled in for June may still be able to go ahead with their plans.

According to the 50-page document released by the government earlier this week, it could be possible for small social gatherings to take place from June 1st, Sky News reported.

Officials are “examining how to enable people to gather in slightly larger groups to better facilitate small weddings”.

This will depend on how overwhelmed the NHS is set to become over the next few weeks following an ease of restrictions, whether effective testing and tracing can be conducted, and if personal protective equipment (PPE) can be used in care settings.

Things could also be subject to change if the R rate of infection goes above one again, in which case, full lockdown is likely to be re-introduced.

Couples who have to consider letting their suppliers know what is happening – including their caterer, venue, florist, and make-up artist, and wedding photographer in North Yorkshire – might find the government guidance a bit too vague to feel confident to go ahead with their wedding plans, and may still prefer to postpone till they can have the wedding of their dreams.

However, those who just wanted an intimate affair with close family and friends could be tempted to hold their nuptials at the earliest opportunity once the government gives its go ahead.