A wedding dress made out of white face masks, commissioned by wedding supplier marketplace Hitched has been unveiled to celebrate the end of restrictions on weddings in England on 19 July, dubbed ‘Freedom Day’.

The Standard reports that the stunning floor-length white gown, designed and stitched together by Tom Silverwood and modelled near St Paul’s Cathedral in London by Jemima Hambro for its photoshoot reveal, is made out of 1,500 upcycled face masks.

The dress was designed to also highlight the waste that disposable plastic PPE has on the environment, as Hitched claim that 100 million disposable face masks are thrown away every week in the UK.

With restrictions now lifted, weddings can go ahead with as many guests as the bride and groom would like to invite, and while face mask and social distancing requirements have been lifted, people are being advised to be cautious and to continue wearing a mask if they want while at indoor venues, and to ‘exercise their personal responsibility’.

Scotland has increased the maximum attendance at weddings to 200. In Wales, indoor weddings and receptions can go ahead with as many guests as can safely socially distance indoors.

Sarah Allard, the editor of Hitched, said: “We’re overjoyed that weddings will be returning in England without legal restrictions from today.

“With thousands of weddings set to take place this summer, couples can now look forward to dancefloors reopening, standing drinks receptions and photographs full of smiling faces with PPE restrictions lifting.”

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