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Currently, weddings can only take place in exceptional cases and can only take place with up to six people.
This has resulted in Leeds wedding venues remaining closed and many weddings postponed more than once.
Claire Thomas, General Manager of Wharfedale Grange said, “I think everyone is really waiting for hooks because it will affect so many people’s lives.
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“We own this place, when we’re closed we’re closed, and when we’re open we’re open, but for venues that rent the place that would be huge.”
Some venues had to get creative and evolve into restaurants to keep business going.
Wharfedale Grange was able to accommodate 165 people in its restaurant before Christmas but has not been able to hold a wedding of more than 30 people since March.
The venue said if it were able to sit down 50 percent for socially distant weddings that would still be 135 people.
According to the restaurant rules, this is 30 people less than before Christmas.
New Craven Hall, another wedding venue near central Leeds, has been able to hold food and drink events with reduced capacity but has been closed since the November lockdown.
Owners Jane and Ben said, “During the period that restrictions were eased last year, there has been a strong sense of injustice in the wedding industry as we limited ourselves to an frankly unprofitable number of guests rather than a capacity-based one System like the rest of the hospitality.
“Telling a couple that they can only have 15 or 30 guests was devastating for them and us, especially when they could sit in a restaurant with 70 strangers.”
The rest of the UK wedding industry have shown their frustration with the situation through #whataboutweddings on Twitter.
One person said, “The fear is sky high and she wonders if I can have my wedding with 200 guests in August.”
Others also say how concerned they are for everyone in the wedding industry, from wedding dress stores to florists to caterers.
Wharfedale Grange said, “I’m sure brides are just desperate to move forward.
“We’re talking about brides from late March and April 2020 who had to put off three or four times.”
It also called for the creation of a hospitality minister who would advocate the industry.
A petition was drawn up, which to date has had nearly 210,000 signatures and has been discussed in Parliament, but nothing came of it.
Ross Tatham, General Manager of Hazlewood Castle, said, “Hospitality seems to be the first thing to close and the last thing to open, and if indeed all the strict rules and regulations have been put in place, I would say hotels and restaurants are likely one of the safest places so it’s strange that hospitality always seems to be left behind.
“I think a little more trust in the industry is needed because we can operate and operate safely.”
As of now, no one knows if the Prime Minister will mention weddings on Monday, but Leeds venues are just hoping they’ll get a little clearer.
New Craven Hall said, “Like everyone else, we want a realistic roadmap for the lockdown to be presented as couples, venues and suppliers have been all guessing and waiting for the past few months, not knowing when restrictions will ever end . “
Wharfedale Grange said, “If they only opened to 50 percent capacity initially, everyone would work.”
Hazlewood Castle said, “It’s difficult when you’re banned and there is no end in sight. Hopefully we’ll get some news on Monday.”