A review into marriage laws in the UK could see couples tying the knot outdoors, and in less expensive venues, too
You might want to rethink your wedding plans in light of recent news about marriage laws in England. Because, at last, it looks as though couples may finally be able to tie the knot outside for the first time ever.
The review into marriage laws in the UK has reportedly been put forward by Chancellor Philip Hammond, who said he wants to make the “outdated” rules around wedding venues much simpler, by reducing red tape.
This should help to bring down the costs of getting married in England and Wales quite considerably, too, as it allows couples to tie the knot in pubs, restaurants and other less expensive venues.
To get a licence, a venue must currently have a specific area where the ceremony will take place. It also needs to be part of a building rather than in the open air or in a marquee.
The licence holder must also ensure that no food or alcoholic drinks are sold or consumed in the area one hour before and after the ceremony takes place.
The expected review of the current laws, however, should see this overturned, allowing British couples to not only get married outside, but also share a drink with their guests immediately after they’ve exchange vows.
The average cost of venue hire for a wedding in the UK is £4,500, but in this shake-up, it’s hope the cost of saying ‘I do’ should be significantly slashed.