Couples have expressed their concern over wedding plans after it emerged that Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds would wed in 2022 'to be on the safe side'.
According to the government's lockdown roadmap, big weddings - with no cap on guest lists - should be allowed to go ahead from 21st June, with confirmation expected this week.
But according to reports, the prime minister and his partner Carrie - who got engaged back in 2019 - have set 30th July 2022, leading to fears that limitations will remain on weddings in the months to come.
A Downing Street spokesperson spoke to Tyla in response to Boris and Carrie's rumoured wedding date and what this means for big weddings post 21st June. They said: "The decision on whether to proceed to Step 4 will be taken a week in advance of 21 June, so on 14 June.
"It is too soon to commit to a date for an announcement at this stage as we are still monitoring the latest data, including emerging data on the variant first identified in India. We will endeavour to provide definitive information as early as possible."
Friends close to Boris and Carrie allegedly told The Sun they are waiting until next year for the big celebration 'to be on the safe side'.
Under the current restrictions, from 17th May weddings and civil partnerships can now take place for up to 30 people in Covid-secure venues that are permitted to open.
The prime minister is expected to lift all restricts on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions from 21st June under step 4 in the government's roadmap out of lockdown.
However, with Boris and Carrie reportedly saving their vows for more than a year after restrictions are set to be lifted, people have been left feeling uncertain about the possibility of step 4 happening next month.
"If Boris Johnson has sent out invitations to his wedding for next year then he clearly knows this is over," one person tweeted. "Book your parties and weddings for 2022 in good faith, folks. And look forward to them - finally."
A second Twitter user said: "Erm.. to be on the safe side? No need to 'be on the safe side' post 21st right?!?"
While a third wrote: "Kind of tasteless to send out save the date cards when you haven't told the plebs when they can start holding full weddings again."