This is an important step forward for the wedding industry. The issues are that there is too many rules and these have become muddled. People are unsure about how they can get married, where and when.
Much has moved on since the days of the civil partnership. Some in government are concerned for the fragmentation of family life and the increase of single parents. The issues are wider. Child poverty and the costs of benefits and tax credits. The growing issue of wedding debt.
As a celebrant I can legally marry you in Scotland if I apply for the paperwork but not in England. As I live on the borders of Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway it becomes ridiculous. No wonder brides and grooms are confused !
A celebrant cannot legally marry you in England but can in Scotland !
So it’s long overdue. Why shouldn’t you be able to marry in your own home. It’s a common occurance to marry in one’s garden in Australia or America. A celebrant in England cannot perform the legal contract which means you must complete this at a registry office.
I’m getting married for the second time. Do I have to say the same words ?
There is currently a trial of a joint ceremony of legal registrar and celebrant ongoing. This offers the flexibility of venue but seems cumbersome. However , it would help those who feel torn – that the ‘real wedding ‘ is the registry or the ceremony. It’s all a bit complicated. As a result people limit their wedding options and commit to a registry office wedding. The same words for everyone. Literally a tick box of choices for phrases that will change your life forever. It’s just not good enough. Especially if you are a second time around couple. Having to repeat the same words and the same promises that you did when your marriage has failed is an unnecessary blight on your special day.
A beautiful wedding is about words and commitment not sweet carts, swanky venues and table favours
Until the law changes, choice is limited with a registry office wedding. So think about a celebrant led wedding. It’s the only sensible choice. Push past the notion of ‘real wedding’ and have a statutory session in a registry office. Three sentences and you are done! Then have your wedding whenever and wherever you like! It’s amazing, it’s liberating and can be a lot cheaper too.
Contact me to find out how to make your wedding dream a reality.