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The Law Commission has suggested couples should be granted greater choice over where they get married, with plans to reform the laws surrounding ceremonies first launching last September.
And the plans have just inched forwards, with the consultation on the reforms officially closing today (Monday 4th January).
At present, laws that date back to the 19th century restrict weddings to certain places, but the new reforms would make quirkier venues (such as your local Maccies) an option.
Currently, couples must have their ceremony at either a place of worship or at a licensed venue, but The Law Commission is hoping new laws will allow weddings to take place in a multitude of settings, for example outdoors or in homes.
Founder of The Marriage Foundation Sir Paul Coleridge said the new reforms should also help couples who don't want to spend a small fortune on a wedding. After all, latest figures show the average wedding in the UK costs an eye watering £31,974.
He said: "The Law Commission's exciting, new proposed reforms will relax many of the restrictions and open up the process so that couples can design their own wedding and tie the knot wherever they choose whether in their local church or local pub, a castle, a field or even in McDonald's.
"We hope and believe that this will re-democratise marriage and weddings and usher in a new era of simpler, pared back ceremonies so that marriage will once again be for all.
"For far too long the perception has been growing that marriage is an out-of-date social arrangement reserved for the better off who can afford a lavish wedding and reception.
"Historically this was never so. As recently as only fifty years ago everyone wanted to get married, and they normally did, whatever their financial position."
This certainly sounds like a step in the right direction! And if you ask us, there could certainly be a demand for a McDonald's wedding.
A few months ago, we told you about a couple who had their reception at the fast food chain. Melissa Russell, 27, and Shannon McKenna, 26, had been engaged for six years when their plans were cancelled due to Covid.
Just when they were about to give up on their dream day, Melissa - who works at McDonald's - spoke to her boss Kate Walker, about the difficulties they were facing. She was astonished when Kate offered to give them a dream wedding reception at the restaurant in North Lanarkshire.
And what an occasion it was! Guests had a three course McDonald's meal, with the option of Mozzarella Dippers or Chicken Selects for starters, anything off the menu for a main course. Meanwhile, dessert was ice cream sundaes served in crystal glasses, or apple pie and ice cream.
You can read about it here.
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