I am pleased to hear the news that outdoor weddings at licensed venues in England and Wales will be legalised permanently. Many couples prefer the outdoor environment and will welcome the opportunity to celebrate in a place that is special to them.
The day of your wedding is one that you remember for the rest of your life, with much planning and expenses involved. However, it is important that you remember when planning the ceremony, it is not just about one day - this is about the rest of your life.
Many things you choose to do in life have long-term consequences, none more so than marriage. There are significant and immediate financial consequences for the happy couple following the ceremony. There are also legal implications for children already born to the couple or yet to be born.
The legal relationship created by marriage is something each party should be aware of, from the initial stages of planning the ceremony. On one hand, the relationship offers much stability and security, but on the other, the relationship has consequences if it breaks down.
No individual contemplating marriage wants to consider the possibility that the relationship will not be for the rest of their lives.
However, the best time to ask 'what if it does not work out?' is before the ceremony. This is when everything is amicable and you can have open discussions with your partner.
In particular, a pre-nuptial arrangement can clearly set out both of your financial expectations from each other prior to the marriage and the responsibilities you will take. In the event that the marriage breaks down, acrimonious and costly financial proceedings can often be avoided.
Outdoor weddings at licensed venues in England and Wales will be legalised permanently after the change received overwhelming support from the public, faith groups and the wedding industry.