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Bateman's Tower at sunset - the location for a romantic wedding?

Wedding law reform: would you marry at Bateman's Tower?

Fancy saying "I do" at Bateman's Tower? Tieing the knot on Brightlingsea Hard? Getting hitched on a Thames Barge?

If a proposed reform of wedding law is accepted by government, couples could be able to pick just about any location they like to get married.

The Law Commission says that current wedding laws – which mostly date from 1836 – have failed to keep pace with modern life, forcing couples to choose between a religous or civil ceremony in a place of worship, register office or approved civil venue. Outdoor weddings can only taken place in the grounds of approved premises.

Under the Law Commission's proposals, couples will be able to get married in a much wider variety of locations, including:

  • outside, in a place unconnected with any building, such as in a forest, on a beach, or in a local park;
  • in affordable local venues, such as community centres and village halls, as well as in their own homes;
  • in international waters on cruise ships that are registered in the UK.

In addition, "independent officiants" – that is, not a registration officer or from a religious body – would be able to conduct weddings, with couples able to give notice of their wedding online. An infographic detailing the proposals can be seen here.

• Where would you get married in Brightlingsea? Comment on our Facebook page!

 

 

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