Forget the traditional church, chapel or castle – couples will be able to get married in McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and even in their local boozer thanks to new Budget plans.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is due to announce a review of marriage ceremony laws that require venues to abide by strict rules to stage weddings.
It means all restaurants, pubs and hotels will be allowed to stage weddings. It would also mean that open air weddings would be allowed. Fancy getting hitched at Glastonbury or Boardmasters?
The move – expected to be revealed in Monday’s Budget – is a bid to make weddings less expensive.
The average cost to hire a venue is £4,500 while the whole wedding cost tends to be between £20,000 and £30,000.
Current red tape required to become a wedding venue includes needing to dedicate a specific room where the ceremony takes place. It also needs to be in a building rather than outside, even if it’s held in a marquee.
Wedding licence holders must also make sure that no food or alcoholic drinks are sold in the specific marriage ceremony area one hour before and during the proceedings.
According to The Sun, Treasury officials said these laws deter small business owners from getting a licence.
Relaxing restrictions would also make it cheaper and simpler for couples to tie the knot.
Getting wed in your local JD Wetherspoon pub or favourite curry house would encourage more people to get wed at a time when marriages between men and women have hit the lowest rate on record.