Outdoor weddings at licensed venues in England and Wales have been legalised permanently. Having been introduced as a temporary measure during the pandemic, a government consultation found that 96% of respondents backed making the change permanent, while 93% supported extending it to religious weddings.
Ministers have now legalised outdoor civil weddings and partnerships indefinitely and reforms to religious ceremonies will be made in due course after the consultation found every major faith group supported the move.
Couples can now have the whole ceremony outside in the venue’s grounds – providing them with greater flexibility and choice, as well as boosting the recovery of the wedding sector following the pandemic.
Justice Minister Tom Pursglove MP said: “A wedding is one of the most important days in a person’s life and it is right that couples should have greater choice in how they celebrate their special occasion.
“These reforms will allow couples to hold more personalised ceremonies and provide a welcome boost for the wedding sector.”