The Collective: Marriage Licences – write to your MP for support

21 Apr 2020

Calling all venues!

During a recent webinar, the discussion turned to complications surrounding the logistics of obtaining a marriage licence in the UK.

Under the restrictions imposed upon them by Covid-19, Registrars are no longer able to issue or accept new registrations which could cause problems for couples who have postponed their wedding until later on in the year.

Venue partner Anselm Guise of Elmore Court has started a campaign to raise awareness of this issue:

‘I am concerned that people will not be able to have the legal license in place for the registrars as currently the GRO (General registration office) is not accepting any new registrations and that includes any registrations that need to be made because a license has expired. If the license were to be extended for a long enough period this issue would go away and not require the GRO to start taking new registration again.

As you will see in the letter it only requires a tweak but as fast as I am aware as things stand all of us licensed premises could have a major problem on our hands with our postponements and I think it wise to pre-empt this. Certainly my local registrars are very concerned.

Anyway, I’ll leave it with you. I hope my worry is unfounded as some seem to think!’

If you are a venue, or a couple hoping to marry this year, please do write to your local MP to ask for support. And feel free to use Anselm’s letter below as a template.

With many thanks,

Emma Hardcastle, Founder and CEO of Hostology

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