The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that next summer would be a 'different world' for the wedding and hospitality industries.
He urged couples to book weddings with 'confidence' for next summer thanks to new coronavirus vaccines and tests, reports Daily Mail.
Being questioned by a wedding planner during a 'People's PMQs' streamed on the UK PM's Facebook account, he kept mum about his own wedding plans with fiancee Carrie Symonds.
The British PM said that new Covid drugs meant that next year would be a 'different world' for the wedding and hospitality industries, who have been decimated by restrictions this year.
He spoke while being quizzed about the future of businesses in the sector.
But he sidestepped a cheeky question from venue owner Lara, from Cornwall, about his own nuptials.
Boris Johnson, 56, completed his divorce from second wife Marina Wheeler in the summer, and is expected to marry fiance Carrie Symonds, 32, with whom he has a son, Wilfred.
Lara had told the PM that she lost 100 per cent of business this year and is already 30 per cent down for next year because couples are afraid to book in case restrictions on reception and service numbers are still in place.
Mr Johnson replied: "If you are thinking about the summer I think you will be alright."
"It is my strong hope and belief that by the summer one way or the other whether by vaccination - which I hope and believe we will have delivered by Easter - or by lateral flow testing, we will be in a different world."
"My hope is by summer it really will be a different world for the weddings and events industry. And I hope your potential customers will be full of confidence and optimism as well and getting hitched in the normal way."
Lara replied that her own wedding was cancelled last summer, and then added: 'You are supposed to be getting married so hopefully…'
At this Mr Johnson looked flustered and replied: 'I didn't want to drag that in, I will have to take that one offline as they say ... I think mass testing will help before Easter, hopefully, well before Easter, but I think you should be able to plan for a really much more active summer, and lots of happy nuptial events all over the UK.'
Boris Johnson said 2020 had been 'in some ways a year to forget'. But he told the online question-and-answer session: 'The new year brings with it new hope.
"If we stick at it for these last few months then I know that we will defeat the virus in the same way that we have fought this virus from day one, and that is together."
He said he wished that more was known about the way people without symptoms could spread coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic.
The British PM said, "The truth is in this country we didn't have that experience that they have in some Far Eastern countries, of Sars."
He said, "They had a history of knowing about these very difficult respiratory infections, which we didn't have."
"There will be a lot of work to be done at looking at the lessons to be learned. I think the one thing that I wish I understood in the early days... I just wish we'd realised how much the disease could be transmitted without symptoms," he added.
"If we'd know that single fact it would have made a big difference to our early response."
"We do know it now. And that's why testing is so crucial," he further said.