Now you can get married at night in Bath
The big day can now be the big night as couples are offered the chance to get married in the evening in Bath.
New legislation allows weddings to take place 24 hours a day, and council venues in Bath are making the most of the relaxation of rules.
One couple will be getting married at the Roman Baths at 7.30pm tonight.
In the past, couples who have wanted to get married or create civil partnerships have only been able to do so between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
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The new legislation will allow more venues to become licensed for marriages and civil partnerships, and museums will potentially be able to stay open outside their normal working hours in order to host ceremonies.
In Bath, B&NES Council is now offering ceremonies in the Alkmaar Room and Russell Room at the Guildhall up to 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
The historic Mayor’s Parlour, in the same building, is also available for evening ceremonies on Saturdays.
Pauline White and Peter Roberts, from Wotton-under-Edge, are getting married at the Roman Baths tonight.
Pauline said: “We hadn’t planned for an evening ceremony initially, and went to the Pump Room with a view to a ceremony in one of the beautiful rooms available there. However when we found out that the legislation had changed and we’d be able to get married at the Great Bath in the evening, with the abbey lit up in the background, we knew immediately that this was an unbeatable opportunity.
“The fact that we will be taking our vows amid 2,000 years of history will make our commitment even more exciting and unique.”
Last year, the council’s registrars conducted 1,010 marriage and civil partnership ceremonies across the district.
The council hopes that this number will increase considerably over the course of 2013, as more venues get involved.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib Dem, Combe Down), cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “We are delighted that this change has allowed the council to provide a really flexible service to couples. Our register office is already receiving enquiries from venues wanting to take advantage of this new opportunity to earn revenue outside normal hours of operation and have taken further bookings to have ceremonies in the evening.”
For more information on registering your venue for marriages and civil partnerships, contact Alison Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 477234.