To be honest, we don’t usually pay too much attention to the full budget announcement (apart from any fuel or heaven forbid, any Alcohol duty increase!) but having read with interest the following statement we thought we would share our thoughts on this exciting development.
Budget Statement – October 2018
5.52 Promoting greater choice of wedding venues – England and Wales have outdated laws about how and where couples can marry. The government has asked the Law Commission to propose options for a simpler and fairer system to give modern couples meaningful choice. This will include looking at reducing unnecessary red tape and lowering the cost of wedding venues for couples.
Any news of a potential saving to be made will be music to many Brides and Grooms ears, so this budget entry will certainly be of interest to engaged couples up and down the country.
At the moment the law states that a venue must declare a specific place where the ceremony will take place and that this place must be permanent and immovable.
This basically means your venue has to have a permanent ‘roof’ and also that it must not supply any food or alcohol from one hour before the ceremony and during it to gain a license.
If an outdoor, non permanent pergola was used for the ceremony then legally you would need to sign the register at least in a different, permanent, licensed location.
This red tape puts many potential licensees off!
What this statement may mean….
It means that many more venues would be able and willing to apply for a license, giving couples much more choice.
It will also mean that having a full ceremony outside or in a marquee for instance would also be allowed, as could saying the “I do’s” on the shore of your favourite beach (owner permitting of course!)
Interestingly Scotland already have relaxed laws meaning you can get married at a venue of your choice….and yes…the top of Ben Nevis is an option.
Hiking up Ben Nevis in a wedding dress though is your own problem to solve!
We think it’s a wonderful idea.
The trend for relaxed, informal and personal weddings is becoming more and more popular and this will open up so many opportunities for people.
It will mean the couples that have had to put off their big day because of costs, beliefs or because they just can’t find that special venue to make their day unique may just have a chance to see their dreams come true.
There will always be the requirement for a more formal occasion and these can be spectacular and traditional and beautiful, this just gives far more choice to far more people.
It’s a win win situation in our opinion, we just hoped it gets passed quickly!