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Coronavirus: Weston and Cowbit couples postpone their weddings




Two couples due to marry within weeks are making fresh plans for their church weddings.

Zoe Parla (39) and husband-to-be Andy Williams (41), from Weston, were ready to make their vows on June 20.

While Jess Wilkinson (26) and Ben Wheat (28), from Cowbit, were even nearer to their big day on May 22.

Zoe Parla with husband-to-be Andy Williams and son Callum (8)
Zoe Parla with husband-to-be Andy Williams and son Callum (8)

The fast moving rules around coronavirus and public gatherings initially meant Zoe and Andy technically looked like being able to go ahead but with only five people atchurch.

Zoe said as it stood last Wednesday, the people allowed to attend were the bride and bridegroom, the priest, and two witnesses.

That would have left out son Callum (8) because he's too young to be a witness.

Jess Wilkinson and Ben Wheat were due to marry in May. (32449838)
Jess Wilkinson and Ben Wheat were due to marry in May. (32449838)

"We would have had to choose between two sets of parents as to which two could come," said Zoe. "How do you even do that?"

Zoe and Andy work for Coveris, Zoe at one of the Boston sites and Andy in Spalding.

They had spent two years planning the wedding - putting their hearts and souls into it - and were on a countdown with 13 weeks to go when they postponed.

Zoe said: "It has been a very emotional week. We still want to get married at the end of the day so it's just let's make the best of a bad situation.

"It's now going to be a January wedding, which is nothing like what we had planned."

Zoe and Andy had invited 80 people to their wedding breakfast and 130 for the evening disco, and wanted to ensure everyone stayed safe.

Jess, who works in retail in Spalding, and Ben, who works for Lidl in Bourne, are postponing their Crowland Abbey Church wedding until the threat of coronavirus has passed.

Jess said: "We are going to postpone for about a year or so.

"We have planned it for a year and we have got to try to organise it all again. At the end of the day you have just got to keep people safe."

They had invited around 90 people but even before the wedding was postponed people had started to drop out.

"I would rather they stayed home and safe," said Jess. "We were disappointed to postpone but this is something out of our control."

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