This marriage law is set to be reformed for the first time in 180 years

Ever dreamt of having an al fresco wedding? Well, we’ve got some great news. Couples will soon be able to say their ‘I do’s’ in outdoor wedding ceremonies as UK wedding laws are set to be reformed for the first time in 180 years.

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For those who aren’t aware, UK marriage laws that date all the way back to 1837 currently prevent couples from having outdoor ceremonies, as they specify that weddings must take place in solid structures which have a permanent roof. This means those who dream of a beautiful beach wedding, a low-key marquee ceremony or tying the knot in their back garden have been unable to do so – at least officially – for centuries due to the complex law.

However, that’s all about to change under a new legal reform set to be announced by the chancellor,  Philip Hammond,  in today’s (Monday, 29 October) Budget.

The strict regulations, which also prevent weddings from taking place in spaces where food or drink can be served before or after the nuptials, are being changed in a bid by the government to make it easier for people to legally get married in England and Wales.

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‘While the laws around who can get married have evolved substantially in recent years, the laws on how and where marriages must take place have remained largely unchanged since 1836, a Treasury spokesperson said in a statement. ‘Relaxing restrictions would make it cheaper and simpler for couples to get married, potentially supporting more people to get married.

‘This review will help the law keep pace with modern Britain while helping people keep the cost of living down.’

This summer, a research study conducted by wedding site Hitched highlighted that the price of weddings across the UK had soared, with the average cost reaching £32,000 – the highest it has ever been. The government hopes that a reformed marriage law will allow couples to spend less on their big day – or at least the venue.