Law Commission consultation on weddings law

Closes 3 Dec 2020

Chapter 13: The potential impact of our proposals

Consultation Question 85:

We invite consultees’ views on:

  1. whether the current law discourages or prevents couples from getting married; and
  2. whether our provisional proposals would facilitate couples getting married leading to an increase in the number of couples who are legally married.

Please provide us with any evidence you have of the scale of the impact of the law or any benefits.

Consultation Question 86:

We invite consultees’ views on the impact of the current law on couples including in relation to:

  1. the availability and costs of register office weddings;
  2. the costs of marrying on approved premises;
  3. the costs of marrying in registered places of worship;
  4. the costs of marrying in locations that are not authorised for weddings under the current law; and
  5. the necessity and costs of a having a separate, legally recognised wedding.

We invite consultees’ views on the potential benefits to couples of our proposed scheme, including benefits relating to:

  1. the availability of register office weddings and any savings in relation to them;
  2. savings from being able to marry in locations without the need for a pre-approval process, including places of worship, locations that could currently be approved premises, and locations that could not be approved under the current law, such as outdoors or in private homes; and
  3. the necessity of a separate, legally recognised wedding and any consequent savings.
Consultation Question 87:

We invite consultees’ views on the impact of the current law on venues, including in relation to:

  1. the costs resulting from the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005,* including the costs of complying with them and any lost opportunities arising from being unable to fulfil the requirements; and
  2. the availability of registration officers to attend weddings on approved premises and the costs of their attendance.

More Information

*SI 2005 No 3168.

We invite consultees’ views on the potential benefits to venues of our proposed scheme, including benefits relating to:

  1. hosting weddings without requiring Government pre-approval;
  2. the availability of registration officers for civil weddings;
  3. the ability of venues to host weddings officiated by religious officiants, and (if enabled by Government to officiate at weddings) non-religious belief organisations and independent officiants; and
  4. the business opportunities arising from an increase in the number of weddings in England and Wales.
Consultation Question 88:

We invite consultees’ views on the impact of the current law on local authorities.

We invite consultees’ views on the potential benefits to local authorities of our proposed scheme. 

Consultation Question 89:

We invite consultees’ views on the impact of the current law on:

  1. residents of England and Wales travelling to other jurisdictions to get married; and
  2. residents of overseas jurisdictions travelling to England and Wales to get married.

We invite consultees’ views on the potential benefits of our proposed scheme relating to:

  1. residents of England and Wales travelling to other jurisdictions to get married; and
  2. residents of overseas jurisdictions travelling to England and Wales to get married.
Consultation Question 90:

We invite consultees’ views on the impact of the current law on the United Kingdom ship register and the maritime industry.

We invite consultees’ views on the potential benefits to the United Kingdom ship register and the maritime industry of our proposed scheme. 

Consultation Question 91:

We invite consultees to tell us their views on the potential costs of our provisional proposals, including costs to:

  1. Government and local authorities;
  2. businesses;
  3. religious (and non-religious belief) organisations;
  4. independent officiants; and / or
  5. couples.