Wedding Ideas: Legal, Financial and Insurance
You never know if the unthinkable could happen, but it’s best to be prepared for such an event, and have the cover that you need.
If you're dreaming of an outdoor wedding on the beach, in a garden or in a forest clearing, then you could be in luck - the Ministry of Justice is expected to make changes to the rules dictating where couples can marry in England and Wales, meaning that outdoor ceremonies could become a lot more flexible.
When it comes to paying your wedding suppliers, it's important to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible and that you're covered in case of any problems. Here are our top tips...
Did you know that it is actually illegal to accept a glass of champagne in your wedding car? Most newlyweds and car companies don't even realise that a law is being broken by offering a free drink. We understand that weddings and champagne go hand-in-hand, so we've come up with these handy ways to have your champagne and drink it in your wedding car.
The first thing you should do before you embark on your wedding planning journey is set out your budget - it'll dictate every decision you make. Not sure where to start? Never fear, we've come up with some questions to ask yourselves before deciding your wedding budget to get you on the right track.
Whilst many couples see pre-nuptial agreements as a must, others consider these legal contracts as unfair and unromantic. In today's society pre-nuptial agreements are a common contract to be drawn up before marriage. For those who don't fully understand pre-nuptials, we asked Selachii LLP Solicitors to explain a little more about this legal contract.
In the lead up to your big day, you may find yourself repeatedly asking, 'have I thought of everything'? With all your plans firmly in place, you discover the day before your wedding that there's been a fire at your venue. You may not be planning to jeopardise the most perfect day of your life, but unfortunately, other factors may. In light of the two unexpected fires at popular wedding venues, The Randolph Hotel and Clandon Park - we thought we'd highlight the importance of arranging wedding insurance.
It may not be something that you've considered before, but wedding insurance is a necessity. Sadly, there may be problems with your wedding that are beyond your control. Your dress supplier may go bust, or your venue may catch fire or flood. Someone close to you may be ill or posted overseas. They're horrible scenarios to consider, but it's still important to protect yourself. With a wedding being such a time-consuming and expensive event, wedding insurance may help you to claim some compensation back to help soften the blow.
A pre-nuptial agreement is a written contract entered into by two parties who are about to marry with the intention of setting out their respective financial intentions and obligations in the event of a subsequent divorce. Such an agreement is not legally binding, but would be taken into consideration by a court when assessing financial provision in the event of a divorce. The agreement takes the form of a written document which is signed and dated by both parties in the presence of independent witnesses.
Same sex couples who register their partnership will gain access to a number of legal rights. These rights include benefit of survivor pensions, recognition for immigration purposes, equal treatment for tax purposes which include inheritance tax, and protection for domestic violence.
The UK is fairly simple when it comes to marriage laws, however the marriage laws put in place must be followed. It is a good idea just to check through the marriage laws to make sure everything is correct. To get married in the UK you must both be single and at least 16 years old - or 18 years without parental consent. The marriage must be legally solemnised in a designated place between 8am and 6pm and at least two witnesses must be present at the wedding.
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