Hundreds of people will be able to attend weddings for the first time in months when the limit is lifted next week.

After months of uncertainty for couples, the limit on the number of people allowed at weddings will be removed in England on June 21 - despite a delay in lockdown easing.

However other restrictions - including the ban on most singing and dancing, and guests having to wear masks at certain points - will remain in place until step four.

From next Monday there will be no numerical limit on wedding receptions and ceremonies - either indoors or outdoors.

The government is taking the same approach as it has to funerals meaning only capacity will limit the number of guests allowed.

Couples due to tie the knot will be allowed to invite the highest number of people venues can accommodate while still being Covid-secure.

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It means the 30-person limit currently in place for weddings will be removed in England from June 21.

It will also be lifted on weddings outdoors on private land, including in gardens, with organisers instead asked to complete a risk assessment.

There are still caveats to the latest change in wedding rules.

Until restrictions across England are fully lifted in the final stage of unlocking, people at an indoor wedding venue will need to stay on tables of no more than six people.

Indoor venues must also shut off their dance floors - apart from for the “first dance”.

And any marquees on private land need to have two sides open to qualify as 'outdoors'.

The rule of six indoors still also applies to weddings in private homes - except for deathbed weddings, which can have up to 30 guests.

The changes come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that step four of lockdown easing will be delayed by four weeks.

England will remain at step three for at least four more weeks until Monday July 19 as two of the four tests required for unlocking have not yet been met.

These are the tests on variants changing the risks and the risk of a “surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS”.