If you're a venue that wants to join in
If you’re planning on getting married anytime soon and have always loved the idea of having your perfect day in a place of beauty, somewhere with special meaning or simply in the great outdoors with plenty of sunshine, then the recently announced Budget 2018 will be news to your ears (not to mention your bank balance!)
It has been reported that there is to be a review into wedding venues in England and Wales; the review is set to look at lifting restrictions on various locations, particularly those outdoors, such as beaches, gardens, homes and temporary structures like marquees, with a view to reducing venue costs and offering couples more choice about where they have both their wedding ceremony and their celebrations.
It could mean you can have your special day in your special place and save money in the process. Changes to the law as a result of the review will hopefully mean that couples in England and Wales (much like those in Scotland already) will have more freedom when it comes to choosing a wedding venue and won’t be limited to having their ceremony in a registry office, approved premises or in a place of religious worship that has been officially registered for marriages.
Modernisation of the old rules could allow some pubs, restaurants and open-air spaces and venues to host weddings, increasing competition and broadening the spectrum when it comes to both choice and budget.
Having to jet off to international destinations (and footing the cost of travel and accommodation for all your guests) so that you can get married on a beach, could become a thing of the past – as long as you’re willing to risk the less than reliable British weather, that is.
According to the Bridebook National Wedding Survey 2018, the average cost of a wedding in the UK is £30,355, with the average spent on a wedding venue having risen from £5,189 to £6,152 in a year, up 19%. So if the changes go ahead, couples could save thousands while still having a wedding to remember.
For many this will come as refreshing news; while there’s nothing wrong with a no-expense-spared wonder-wedding, there’s also a lot to be said for clinking plastic champagne glasses with friends and family while relaxing on picnic blankets in a farm field or pub garden.
Whatever your preference, hopefully the future will offer a whole lot more choice when it comes to finding your perfect wedding venue.