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A prestigious wedding venue says Essex County Council “shoots itself in the foot” in its decision to stop new wedding bookings.

Wedding venues have been hit hard by shifts sparked by the pandemic.

Now Paul Milsom, who runs Le Talbooth and Milsom Weddings in Dedham, believes the council’s decision to stop new bookings by October will hurt venues across Essex.

He said, “We cannot book new wedding ceremonies until September 31st.

“This is an unacceptable situation after the horrific 18 months the industry has suffered.

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“We finally have the excitement of being able to act and fulfill the dreams of all those brides and grooms whose plans and aspirations have been so severely affected by the pandemic.

“The government and local authorities have spent millions to keep the wedding industry alive. To put all of this in danger, it’s a bit like shooting yourself in the foot.

“I hope that the sense will prevail and that the council will review its decision.

“When demand exceeds supply, the answer is simple: recruit more registrars or motivate the existing team to work longer.”