I love you! New laws could give engaged couples the opportunity to tie the knot in a pub or at McDonald & # 39; s as outdated wedding venue rules are to be abolished
- New laws could allow couples to get married in different places
- The Legal Commission has suggested giving people more options
- It means people in pubs, castles, and McDonald's restaurants could say "I do"
Most people don't dream of getting married in a pub or a McDonald's. But new laws might still give you the option.
Today is the last day people will respond to plans to reform the law on weddings in a consultation launched last September.
The Law Commission suggests giving couples more choice in venues and abandoning outdated laws developed in 1836 that restrict weddings to specific locations.
New laws could allow couples to get married in McDonald's restaurants, fields, or castles
The Marriage Foundation think tank has claimed couples are being discouraged from getting married because the cost of weddings becomes too high.
Founder Sir Paul Coleridge said the reforms would "open up the process for couples to design their own wedding and tie the knot wherever they want – whether in their local church or pub, a castle, a field, or even at McDonald's." ; s ".
He said, "We hope and believe that this will democratize marriage and weddings again and usher in a new era of simple, low-key ceremonies so that marriage will be for all again."
In 1988, 68 percent of new parents from low-income groups in England and Wales were married. In the higher income groups, 91 percent of the new parents were married.
But now only 35 percent of poorer new parents have tied the knot, while the decline in marriage between wealthier couples has been less dramatic and 76 percent are still marrying.
This means the gap between rich and poor has doubled in the past three decades, the Marriage Foundation points out.
Sir Paul Coleridge, founder of the Marriage Foundation, says the reforms will give couples more opportunities
It believes that the void could be bridged if couples could opt for simpler “nude” weddings without the frivolity of expensive venues.
Sir Paul, former High Court Justice and founder of the Marriage Foundation, said: “For too long the perception has grown that marriage is an archaic social arrangement reserved for the better who can afford a lavish wedding and reception can .
“Historically, it was never like that. Fifty years ago everyone wanted to get married, and they usually did, regardless of their financial situation.
"This was a tremendous benefit to society, which benefited from far lower rates of family breakdown."
According to the wedding app Bridebook, the average wedding cost £ 20,000 – a figure Sir Paul attributes to "the unrealistic expectations of glossy magazines and far-fetched social media posts."
For now, all couples must either have their wedding in a place of worship of a licensed secular venue and are not allowed to get married outdoors.
Many venues can be expensive, and some couples who break the rules fail to realize that their marriage may not be legally recognized.
The Law Commission wants to allow weddings in the open air such as on beaches and in parks, in private homes and on cruise lines, and to offer couples a wider choice of religious and non-religious ceremonies.
It also aims to simplify the process so that couples can announce their wedding online or by mail rather than in person.