From 1 July 2021 until April 2022, approved premises in England and Wales will be able to hold civil wedding and partnership ceremonies outdoors for the first time.

Currently, civil wedding or partnership ceremonies must take place in an approved room or permanent structure. However, from 1 July couples may opt to wed outside at an approved venue.

The changes will be introduced via amendments to the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005. The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 will come into force on 1st July 2021.

The regulations apply only to approved premises. Outdoor weddings will not be permitted on religious premises, except where it is ...

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