Law Commission consultation on weddings law

Closes 4 Jan 2021

Chapter 7: Location

Consultation Question 48:

We provisionally propose that all weddings should be legally permitted to take place anywhere.

Do consultees agree?

We invite consultees' views as to whether the law should limit weddings in any particular venues, including:

Consultation Question 49:

We provisionally propose that civil wedding locations should not have to be publicly accessible or regularly available to the public for the solemnization of civil marriages.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 50:

We invite consultees’ views as to whether the law should prohibit: 

(1) civil weddings from taking place in religious venues and (if non-religious belief organisations are enabled by Government to officiate at weddings) non-religious belief venues?

(2) (if non-religious belief organisations are enabled by Government to officiate at weddings) religious weddings from taking place in non-religious belief venues?

(3) (if non-religious belief organisations are enabled by Government to officiate at weddings) non-religious belief weddings from taking place in religious venues?

Consultation Question 51:

We provisionally propose that it should be the responsibility of the officiant to decide whether the location for the wedding should be approved.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 52:

We provisionally propose that, as a part of their responsibilities, officiants should ensure that the wedding location is:

  1. safe, and
  2. dignified.

Do consultees agree?

We provisionally propose that guidance should be produced by the General Register Office to provide advice to officiants on how to assess whether a location is safe and dignified for a wedding.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 53:

We invite consultees’ views as to whether there should be an optional pre-approval process available for locations that frequently host weddings, that operates alongside the general rule that the officiant must agree to the location.

If consultees agree that there should be such a pre-approval process:

  1. who should be responsible for it, and
  2. how should it work?