The Metro yesterday reported that a Cambridge couple had decided to hold their wedding at their local Morrisons supermarket, where they had their first date.
Their wedding plans are said to involve a ceremony in the in-store café, during store opening hours, with the bride walking down the grocery aisle, rather than the more traditional church aisle.
It isn’t clear whether the wedding ceremony will constitute a legally binding marriage or whether the location is indeed licensed to hold marriage ceremonies.
The law in England & Wales states that couples wishing to get married can have a civil ceremony or civil partnership at a register office, any venue approved by the local council such as a stately home or hotel, or a religious premises where permission has been granted by the organisation and the premises have been approved by the local authority.
A Home Office list of all approved civil marriage and civil partnership venues can be found here.
While it is understandable that couples may wish to celebrate their marriage in a place that has special meaning to them, it’s crucial that as part of their arrangements the venue they choose has been approved by the relevant authorities. Without this approval, marriages may not be legally-recognised, which can have significant implications for inheritance issues and/or if couples choose to separate at a later date.
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