It really has been a tough time for happy couples all around the UK over the last 18 months, with all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic seeing countless people having to rearrange their special days… on more than one occasion.
So it’s lovely for a bit of rare good news to emerge in recent weeks, with the government announcing that – for the very first time – civil ceremonies can now take place outside… just in time for summer!
Outdoor weddings are always popular, even with our somewhat tempestuous great British weather, so it’s great to hear that it’s now possible for couples to have their entire ceremonies outside.
The changes came in on July 1st, although they only apply to approved premises and outdoor weddings still can’t take place on religious premises. But, since around 75 per cent of all weddings in England and Wales are non-religious, no doubt there will be lots of smiles all around at the moment.
Even more wedding reforms might be introduced later in the year, as well, with a Law Commission report expected to be published, giving couples even more flexibility to design their own ceremonies and hold them in a wider variety of different locations – which is also very exciting news!
So now all we have to do is rely on the weather… we’ve certainly seen some lovely sunshine over the last few weeks, so hopefully that will continue and people can enjoy their ceremonies outside in the fresh air, surrounded by friends, family and loved ones.
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