You’ve popped the question, and now it’s time to pick a venue. It’s no secret that weddings costs a fortune, but no-one warned you that venue hire costs run well into quadruple digits.
Laugh all you want, but this hypothetical scenario might be about to come a reality. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is due to announce a review of “outdated” marriage ceremony laws, The Sun reports, in a bid to cut the costs of getting hitched.
Current laws state that in order to be wedding-certified, the venue must offer a specific room as a dedicated ceremony space. The owners must own a wedding license, and are required to make sure that no food or alcoholic drinks are consumed up to one hour before and during the event.
Under the new rules, infatuated couples up and down the country will be granted permission to get married in just about any establishment they like. From your favourite Chinese takeaway to your local boozer, the sky’s the limit.
Apparently the relaxed rules will extend to open-air venues, too, making it possible to tie the knot at the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival or Creamfields. If all 250 of your guests manage to get tickets, that is. After all, nothing says ‘love’ like signing a government contract in a field surrounded by 175,000 drunk people.
When you consider the average wedding venue costs £4,500 to hire, perhaps a McWedding isn’t such a bad idea after all. You’ll even have spare cash to splash on a celebratory filet-o-fish for the congregation.