When choosing a setting for your wedding reception venue, do consider its picturesque setting for photographs as well as its location and facilites. If it has bedrooms, see if they are available for your guests. Find out if you will have exclusive use of the venue, or if there will be other parties using it at the same time. Will the venue provide both the bar and food, and if so, do you like the choice of menu?
You can have an alternative ceremony such as a humanist ceremony; or ceremony organised by yourself which can take any form you like, wherever you would like. However this will not be legally binding. If you wish to be married in a school or college chapel it may be possible but a Special Licence must be obtained from the Archbishop of Canterbury via the Church’s legal department in London. Licences will normally only be granted if you are a current or former pupil or member of staff. There is a fee, which is currently £130. A further fee to register the marriage in the local parish will also be payable.
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