18 facts every bride should know with three potential dates that you already know suit you, your parents and his parents.
AT POPULAR VENUES
Saturdays during the summer can be booked up years in advance. Heart set on a venue? Marrying on a Tursday or Friday is a popular option.
BOOK CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUES
At the same time to ensure both are available on your chosen date.
MANY VENUES INSIST ON PREFERRED SUPPLIERS
So settle this early so you know what to budget for.
ONCE YOU’VE CHOSEN YOUR VENUE
And signed on the dotted line, plan a rough list of the number of guests you want.
AS A GENERAL RULE OF THUMB
Around 10 – 20% of the people you invite will RSVP with a decline.
A CIVIL CEREMONY CAN TAKE PLACE
İn a register ofce or any other place licensed to hold weddings under the Marriage Act. Unless you’re marrying at a register ofce, you’ll need a registrar.
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IF YOU WISH TO MARRY IN SCOTLAND
But are living elsewhere in the UK, you may marry in a civil (or humanist) ceremony by submitting notice forms to the registrar more than 15 days in advance.
IF YOU WANT TO MARRY IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH
One of you must be a baptised Catholic. A preparation course from one day to six weeks may be required.
TO WED IN A CHURCH OF ENGLAND CHURCH
One of you needs to have lived nearby for six months or been baptised there. See yourchurchwedding.org for info.
A JEWISH WEDDING NORMALLY TAKES PLACE IN A SYNAGOGUE
But can also be held in other venues.
HUMANISM IS A NON-RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT
That provides marriage ceremonies. Tey can take place anywhere, but are not legally binding in England and Wales so couples have a civil ceremony, too.
BANNS’ ARE A LEGAL REQUIREMENT
For Church of England weddings. Your marriage is announced on three Sundays in the three months before your wedding, in your parish church and inthe church where the ceremony will occur.
‘GIVING NOTICE’ IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT
İn the UK that formalisesyour intent to marry, and must be done at least 15 days before your wedding. Visit direct.gov.uk for more info.
YES, YOU CAN EXCHANGE VOWS
At any time of day in England or Wales, under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2002.
YOU CAN GET MARRIED ON ANY DAY
But churches are busy and local authorities are closed on Sundays, making it unlikely.
IN SCOTLAND A CEREMONY
Can take place outdoors, but in England and Wales the ceremony needs to be in a ‘permanent structure’, such as a pagoda.
TO MARRY ABROAD
You need to satisfy both the requirements of British law and the laws in the country where you’ll wed. For example, you may need a Nulla Osta (in Italy), a document confrming there is no reason why you cannot marry. For more information, visit fco.gov.uk.
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