Couples will be able to get married at sea in plans to scrap outdated wedding laws

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LOVED-UP couples will be able to get married at sea in plans to scrap outdated wedding rules.

Ceremonies could soon take place on a cruise, the family property or on a military base for troops in a major shake-up.

Laws on where couple can get married are set to be relaxed
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Current laws on marriage rules date back nearly 200 years and the move will cut unnecessary red tape – and lower venue cost.

Theresa May has launched a two-year Law Commission review that could give couples their dream wedding venue.

Moves to allow civil weddings and civil partnerships to be held outside could be sped through by Ministers – if the venue meets the existing test of solemnity and dignity.

Nuptials have to be held currently on a “permanently immovable structure” or “permanently moored boat” and handed a licence by local authorities.

The average cost of a venue is now around £4,500 and wedding costs including all bills is between £20,000 and £30,000.
The review will look at changes to wedding rules for England and Wales.

The Prime Minister said: “The vital institution of marriage is a strong symbol of wider society’s desire to celebrate commitment between partners.

“But we can do more to bring the laws on marriage ceremonies up to date and to support couples in celebrating their commitment.

“This review will look at how we can ensure marriage keeps pace with modern Britain.”


Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “Getting married is a deeply personal decision, so we want couples to have greater choice in how and where they celebrate their commitment.

“Whilst we will always preserve the dignity of marriage, people from all walks of life should be able to express their vows in a way that is meaningful to them.

“This review will look at the red tape and outdated rules around weddings – making sure our laws are fit for modern life.”

Outgoing PM Theresa May has opened up the consultation
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