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More venues able to host weddings as a result of Budget announcement

A major overhaul of wedding laws, which have been largely unchanged since 1836, will allow more pubs, restaurant and open air venues to host weddings.

A review announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget on 29 October could help couples save thousands of pounds on their wedding, as venues which are cheaper to hire would be allowed to host them.

The whole process of a venue applying for a wedding licence is to be relaxed. Under current rules, venues must identify a specific room to host ceremonies, and no alcohol can be sold or consumed in that room in the hour before the couples walk in to make their vows.

New laws would also allow for legally binding open air weddings in England and Wales.

Ministers believe the red tape involved deters many small businesses from applying for a licence, driving up costs for couples and restricting choice.