Council seeking “urgent clarification” over weddings
News | Emily Gill - Local Democracy Reporting Service | Published: 17:18, Monday June 22nd, 2020.
Last updated: 17:28, Monday June 22nd, 2020
Caerphilly County Borough Council is seeking “urgent clarification” over when weddings and civil ceremonies can begin to take place.
The Welsh Government announced on Friday that weddings and civil ceremonies could take place across Wales from today (June 22).
However, they have since clarified that this applies to marriages in a place of worship, which is registered for marriage and civil partnerships. This is subject to the social distancing measures in place.
Meanwhile, councils are still waiting on guidance from the General Register Office (GRO) for weddings that are not at a place of worship but instead are at a local registry office, hotel, exclusive wedding venue, for example.
The GRO is the name given to the civil registry, which records births, deaths and marriages in England and Wales. Weddings and civil ceremonies are not devolved in Wales.
A spokesman for the council said: “We have received no prior notice of changes to the regulations relating to weddings and civil partnerships.
“We are seeking urgent clarification and guidance from Welsh Government regarding the nature and extent of these changes.
“The consent of the General Register Office will also be required as this is not a devolved function.
“Weddings and civil partnerships will not resume until that clarification has been received.”
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