All night wedding law gets started

Shaun Ray and Gemma Dee tied the knot at the top of Blackpool Tower in the first ever legal wedding to be held there in 2008.
Shaun Ray and Gemma Dee tied the knot at the top of Blackpool Tower in the first ever legal wedding to be held there in 2008.
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COUPLES will be able to marry at any time of the day or night in Blackpool as of today.

A 176-year-old ban on getting hitched outside the hours of 8am and 6pm has been lifted.

The change was brought in by the Home Office following consultation with the public.

Round-the-clock Las Vegas-style ceremonies mean Blackpool Tower will be able to offer sunrise, sunset and even midnight weddings

Registrar General for England and Wales, Sarah Rapson, said she was “pleased” at the relaxation of the hours.

She added: “Marriage and civil partnerships are something very personal to every couple that chooses to undertake them and this change will allow people to make their day unique to them.”

Local authorities and churches will not be forced to conduct marriages outside the traditional hours and at least 15 days advance notice will also still be required.

Laws which impose time limits on marriage solemnization date back to 1836 and were introduced in order to prevent clandestine marriages, which were deemed to be a particular problem in society at the time.

The change was brought in by the Home Office following a cross-government survey, Your Freedom, which gave the public the chance to suggest which unnecessary laws should be repealed.

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