The Long Hoped for Changes in Our Wedding Laws
We have photographed two outdoor weddings in the past 12 months. The first was where the couple’s ceremony took place on a beautiful summers day on the side of the River Taff in Cardiff with a celebrant taking the ceremony. They then had to have their legal ceremony the following Monday at a local registry office.
The other was at a stunning venue in Shepton Mallet, Somerset with beautiful gardens. The guests were all seated outside by the side of a lake and this was where the majority of the ceremony was carried out. Then came the legal part and the signing of the register and this had be conducted in a small room, where the couples guests could not be a part of it.
For many years I have thought that our marriage laws are a bit out dated. From the much awaited changes over 20 years ago which meant that venues could be licensed to hold weddings and no longer did couples only have two choices, church or registry office.
Many couples these days are not looking for the traditional, church wedding or even a venue based wedding. They are looking for that something different. Unfortunately our current laws mean that they can only have their wedding this way if the legal ceremony is carried out at a Licensed Venue, Registry office or Church. This can mean a lot of a faffing around for the couple and can leave many of their guests upset at not being invited to the actual Legal Ceremony.
Luckily, today, there is a long hoped for shake-up of the law where in today’s budget the chancellor is looking to remove restrictions allowing couples to get married wherever they choose, be it at home, on a beach or in a temporary structure. This ruling will bring us in line with Scotland where couples have long had the choice of where they can get married. This should bring down the average cost of a wedding and allow more couples to have a flexibility of choice to suit their budgets.
I am very hopeful that this will happen and our future couples can choose where they get married to suit their life styles and personalities and I look forward to photographing them at some of the more unusual destinations.
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Article Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45990247