Budget 2018: Wedding Legislation Shake-up in England & Wales

A step in the right direction…

It was announced in yesterday’s Budget that the current laws about how and where couples can marry in England and Wales are seriously outdated and the government have asked the Law Commission to propose a simpler and fairer system, giving couples more choice. This is fantastic news and a step in the right direction which will bring England and Wales into line with Scotland, where couples have enjoyed this freedom for a number of years.

If you currently get ‘married’ outside in the UK and with the current laws, the ceremony is more than likely celebrant led and isn’t legally binding. To comply with current legislation, you have to get married in a licensed venue with a solid roof or at a registry office the day before or that morning before all your guests arrived!

Promoting a greater choice of wedding venues to couples will hopefully see restrictions lifted on al fresco locations such as gardens, beaches and temporary structures, but why would this be a benefit to couples getting married?

It has been a growing trend over the last few years that couples have been wanting weddings in slightly more alternative locations or venues and having a wedding that is more unique and personal to them as individuals, reflecting their personalities and personal style. New laws will give couples much more freedom and flexibility.

This news will also be welcomed by existing wedding venues who will be able offer their couples more options by getting married in the grounds of the venue rather than a specific room!

So, watch this space! We could soon find couples getting married on our beautiful beaches across the UK, in front of waterfalls and in beautiful gardens.

Wedding planners can help you plan your special day where ever you choose, ensuring your day goes to plan, allowing you to relax and enjoy your day with your family and friends. So whether you choose to get married in your garden, on the beach or that special location which gives you and your partner all the feels, I’ll be there with you every step of the way…

Article Source: (Budget 2018, Page 80, 5.52: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/752202/Budget_2018_red_web.pdf)