No More Nuptial Deadlines (Maybe)

In other ‘tinkering at the edges’ type news the British government (for want of a more accurate description) has announced an change to the hours during which people can get married.

Traditionally this marryin’ lark had to happen between 8am and 6pm. Only ‘traditional’ religious institutions don’t have to offer anything other than the old ..er..traditional hours so it looks like it will be restricted to civil ceremonies and a minority of enterprising religious hipsters.

All a little meaningless when unlike many other countries you still can’t get married where you like. Just places that have a licence.Oh and where are our celebrants? (other than only in Scotland)

I can remember filming a wedding many years ago that was scheduled for a 5:30pm start in church. Due to it being a stacker where this was the last of a day of weddings at the same church meant that cummulative delays at each previous wedding didn’t clear the church for the last ceremony until 5.45pm. Very embarrasin’

The Vicar promptly hurried the couple into place, announced we would sing only one verse of the first hymn before launching into the vows at speed, dispensing with the other two chosen hymns and having said couple walking like a couple of stunned mullets back down the aisle again by a few minutes to six. Almost a drive by affair such was its haste. All because of the 6pm deadline.

Photos in the grounds were also a rushed affair as the Vicar wanted to be locked up and home for tea pretty sharpish (ooh I could tell you some tales).

Tradition eh. A prison made of the familiar.

Image by Moyan Brenn under this creative commons licence.

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