Thousands of couples were forced to cancel their nuptials this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and those that went ahead did so with tight restrictions. The Prime Minister spoke to a representative of Launcells Barton, a wedding venue in Cornwall, as part of an online question and answer session.
Answering a question Mr Johnson said: “Mass testing, combined with the growth in the number of people who’ve been vaccinated, will make a difference I think before Easter and there’s a real possibility that lateral flow testing will allow events like weddings to go ahead.”
On Wednesday Britain became the first major western country to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for public use.
It is expected the vaccination will start being delivered from next week.
During the question and answer session Laura, from Launcells Barton, spoke about the devastation coronavirus has had on the weddings industry.
She said: “We’ve lost 100 percent of our income for this year and 30 percent for next year.
“The problem with weddings is it takes so long to plan we can’t just book something for next week, people are booking months and months in advance and then cancelling months and months in advance.
“At the moment by whole summer  is almost wiped out because people are worried.
“We need support to pay our overheads, to pay all the bills that we have when we can’t open, but we also need to give confidence to couples so they will book and not cancel which is what they’re doing at the moment.
“We need support to pay our overheads, to pay all the bills that we have when we can’t open, but we also need to give confidence to couples so they will book and not cancel which is what they’re doing at the moment.”
In response the Prime Minister expressed confidence large weddings will be able to go ahead as planned next summer.
Mr Johnson commented: “If you’re thinking about the summer I think you’ll be alright.
“It’s my strong hope and belief that by the summer, one way or the other, whether by vaccination or lateral flow testing, we’ll be in a different world.
“My hope is by summer it really will be a different world for the weddings and events industry.”
Under current coronavirus restrictions weddings with up to 15 attendees are permitted all across England.
However receptions, also with a maximum of 15 guests, are only permitted in tier one and tier two areas.
Mr Johnson’s words were welcomed by the What About Weddings campaign, which has been working to represent the wedding industry during the pandemic.
On Instagram it commented: “We are delighted that the Prime Minister has publicly recognised our industry struggles, having heard from many representations including those from within the What About Weddings team and so many of our colleagues across the UK. We are being heard!
“The really good news? We are told it is extremely likely we will be back doing what we all do best in full by Easter 2021.
“The plans with lateral flow testing and vaccinations will be combined to return us all to a society of normality, and in particular will mean wedding celebrations can go ahead as we know them.
“We will continue our dialogue on all these progressions with government.
“However we do want to acknowledge here that so many businesses now need urgent and immediate support to bridge the gap until full reopening.”
The UK has now recorded more than 60,000 deaths from coronavirus.