Night time weddings to be allowed in England and Wales

Night Wedding

Night Wedding

New Government plans have been unveiled that will make changes to the rules on times weddings can take place.

The changes are part of the Protection of Freedoms Bill which will allow weddings in England and Wales to take place 24 hours a day. These changes will also apply to civil partnerships.

Currently, couples may only wed between 8 in the morning and 6 o’clock at night, in rules governed by the Marriage Act, written in 1836.

The rule changes are unlikely to see a rise in religious evening services however, as the Church of England would require a change to Canon law from the General Synod, a board which only meet twice a year, and the Catholic Church has said it will not conduct late night ceremonies.

The changes are expected however to see an increase in the number civil weddings, especially in the summer months.

The changes won’t see an increase in Vegas like chapels popping up because you must still give 15 days’ notice to get married.

The changes are the first since 2002 when rules were relaxed allowing people to get married away from traditional churches, registry offices or specially licensed venues.

Since those changes people have got married in the sky, whilst sky diving, as well as on rollercoaster’s and on Tower Bridge.

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