As a Yorkshireman, there’s nothing I love more than keeping that wallet tightly shut. You’d have more luck breaking into Fort Knox than getting a Yorkshireman to part with his well-earned cash. The news that law could soon be passed that you could get married in a McDonald’s, Pizza Hut or a range of other venues that weren’t possible before.
With the average wedding costing up to £30,000, the idea that other venues could be considered will be a welcome surprise to couples that may be putting off wedding plans through lack of funds. The Law Commission has suggested that couples should have more of a choice with regards to venue choice – and a consultation on the reform closed yesterday. So it could be a reality sooner rather than later.
The current law, that dates back to the 19th century, restricts wedding options to places of worship or a licensed venue. The new law that the Law Commission is pushing for will allow weddings to take place in a variety new location not possible before.
Founder of The Marriage Foundation Sir Paul Coleridge said: “The Law Commission’s exciting, new proposed reforms will relax many of the restrictions and open up the process so that couples can design their own wedding and tie the knot wherever they choose whether in their local church or local pub, a castle, a field or even in McDonald’s.”
“We hope and believe that this will re-democratise marriage and weddings and usher in a new era of simpler, pared back ceremonies so that marriage will once again be for all. For far too long the perception has been growing that marriage is an out-of-date social arrangement reserved for the better off who can afford a lavish wedding and reception.”
“Historically this was never so. As recently as only fifty years ago everyone wanted to get married, and they normally did, whatever their financial position.”
Imagine, how good it would be to have your wedding in Maccies – they may even fix the ice cream machine for it!