Weddings could be allowed in homes, gardens and beaches

The rules around weddings in England and Wales could be changed allowing people to get married in a range of new places – including at home or on the beach.

The Law Commission says private gardens, parks and cruise ships could all become legal venues for weddings to be held.

At the minute anyone wanting a wedding in a location such as this also has to have a separate legal ceremony in another place – such as a church or register office, reports the BBC.

Professor Nick Hopkins, family law commissioner at the Law Commission, said: “Our proposals would give couples the freedom to choose the wedding venue they want and a ceremony that is meaningful for them.”

A spokesman for the Church of England said: “The moments of waiting to walk down the aisle, standing at the steps and exchanging timeless vows that can only be said in a church, and turning to walk out of the church as a newly-married couple, are cherished.”

The current rules state that religious wedding ceremonies in England and Wales must take place in a registered religious building and civil ceremonies must take place at a register office or approved venue.

The rules are much more relaxed in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Law Commission wants non-religious belief organisations to be able to conduct legally-binding weddings and is considering ‘remote’ weddings.

A report on the proposals will be published next year.

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