By Lumiere

New UK Wedding Rules Could Mean An Increase In Venues

As part of a legal shake up included in the Brexit budget, the government has asked the Law Commission UK to relax its marriage laws to allow couples to marry outdoors and in unlicensed buildings.

Up until now, UK couples were limited to legally marrying in churches, registry offices and licensed wedding venues. With licensed wedding venues required to identify a specific room in a building where the ceremony must take place, meaning marquees could not be licensed.

The law also states food and drink can not be sold, bought or consumed in the wedding area an hour before or after the ceremony takes place, preventing restaurants and pubs to be licensed.

There are currently around 7,500 venues approved for civil ceremonies in England and Wales. However the relaxation in the law would mean couples can legally marry in a range of more venues including restaurants, pubs, marquees, gardens and outdoors. With the increase in wedding venues, economists are predicting a decrease in wedding venue prices.