Couples will be able to get married at any time of the day or night thanks to recent a change in marriage laws.

mattbrownphotography-get-married-whenever-in-england-and-wales-thanks-to-new-marriage-lawsUntil recently, church marriages and civil ceremonies in England and Wales were only allowed to be conducted from the hours of 8am until 6pm during the day. Now, thanks to a new relaxation in marriage laws you can get married outside of these traditional hours.

These new times opens up a world of new wedding planning ideas for holding a romantic evening or night time wedding. Imagine getting married under the Blackpool illuminations in the middle of the night or being wed under a beautiful sunset of a summertime evening.

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Sadly though, the hopes of a Las Vegas style shotgun wedding in a drive through are not possible as you still have to give 15 days notice before getting married.

Wedding Ideas‘ very own Rachel Southwood talked to BBC Radio 5 Live about the news of the laws changing in England and Wales. “Obviously certain times of day have a resonance with people so, for example, my little boy was born at 10 o’clock in the evening and I can understand that might symbolise some sort of special time.” Said Rachel, “But also, lucky numbers – like the number eight is supposed to be lucky so maybe somebody wants to get married at eight o’clock. There are some beautiful historic venues that are National Trust properties for example, that are open nine until five to the public and obviously that makes it prohibitive to get married there during the day.”

What do you think of being able to get married at any time of the day or night? Would you get married at 2am if you were given the opportunity?

We would love to know your opinions in the comments below.

5 COMMENTS

    • Hi Emma,

      I believe the new law changes apply to every venue but I imagine the church would depend on the discretion of the minister in charge x

  1. when is this change coming? I’m arranging my wedding for 2014, have been mentioning to registrars and hotels etc about getting married in the evening – not one has told me that’s possible. All say latest 4pm.

  2. Hopefully this will mean more people will be abel to get more creative with getting married. However not sure how many venues or churches will be allowing night time weddings. Especially with noise pollution and respect for locals after 11pm 🙂

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