guests 'will be limited to 15 under new Covid rules - but 30 mourners ...

Dreams of a big were dealt a further blow this lunchtime - happy couples will have to halve their guests from Monday, after the government slashed the number allowed to gather to 15 under new Covid-19 rules.

Boris Johnson left thousands of couples hoping to marry with extended friends and family looking on devastated after reversing the easing of lockdown today to prevent a second coronavirus spike. 

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon, Mr Jonson said that from Monday no more than 15 people will be able to attend ceremonies and receptions, in a tightening of the 'rule of six'. The new restrictions could be in place for six months. 

More than 73,000 weddings and civil partnership ceremonies were cancelled after a ban was declared at the start of lockdown in March. 

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Weddings were allowed to resume in August with a limit of 30 guests - but tighter Covid restrictions could see that figure halve

Last month, the Government declared they could resume, but capped the number of guest to 30.  Addressing Parliament this afternoon, Boris Johnson confirmed guest numbers would be capped at 15 - but 30 mourners are allowed at funerals. 

Earlier today Michael Gove insisted the Government was taking 'reluctant steps' with the new coronavirus measures, but added that they are 'absolutely necessary'.

Here FEMAIL speaks to three couples affected by the latest decision, and speaks to expert and editor of Hitched, Sarah Allard, about how to handle another awkward conversation with both suppliers and guests. 

BRIDE-TO-BE: 'WE'LL GO AHEAD: WE JUST WANT TO BE MARRIED NOW'

Bride-to-be Felicity Challis, 34, and Leon Davies, 35, had planned to tie the knot with at least 30 of their nearest and dearest and say they're frustrated by the government's latest plans

Bride-to-be Felicity Challis, 34, and Leon Davies, 35, had planned to tie the knot with at least 30 of their nearest and dearest and say they're frustrated by the government's latest plans

Felicity Challis, 34, and Leon Davies, 35 were due to wed on October 3rd at St James the Great church in Ruscombe, Berkshire and say they're 'frustrated' that they big day will now be curtailed. 

Says Felicity: 'It's so frustrating especially as I work in a college with hundreds of students, and my son attends the local infant school and my daughter the local pre-school.' 

ANOTHER tricky conversation: How to cut guests back to 15 without causing offence...

Anyone hoping to get married with their nearest, dearest and a hundred or so friends and work colleagues looking might as well keep dreaming, for the government's latest ruling puts big weddings off the menu for at least a year. So how should brides and grooms handle the disappointment - both their own and that of their guests? 

Just weeks after weddings were allowed to resume, the Government is set to cap the number of guests at 15

Just weeks after weddings were allowed to resume, the Government is set to cap the number of guests at 15

Hitched Editor Sarah Allard: 'The new rules are bound to cause stress and disappointment for couples who have likely already postponed their or begun planning a smaller celebration for up to 30 guests. 

'The latest news will also come as a huge blow to so many businesses who are fighting hard to look after their couples and keep their businesses afloat.'

Allard says

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