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Predictions - tiny weddings getting the go ahead

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Sjjr23 Mon 06-Apr-20 17:28:10

Hi all, we were meant to be getting married in late March, obviously this was cancelled. Only us and 6 guests.

So just for fun / giving me some hope, any predictions for when v small gatherings will be once again allowed?


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Auntiedotty Mon 06-Apr-20 17:29:19

Nobody knows

happystrummer Mon 06-Apr-20 17:40:04

My mate married over zoom yesterday smile

whatacrazytime Mon 06-Apr-20 17:42:02

I think July/ August. Have you rescheduled?

Xenia Mon 06-Apr-20 17:42:34

Was that with a UK registrar or priest over zoom as I thought they were banned?

happystrummer Mon 06-Apr-20 17:45:21

It was an islamic wedding held in her flat in london. She had an imam conducting the ceremony

EmAndes Mon 06-Apr-20 17:47:08

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PanicOnTheStreets85 Mon 06-Apr-20 17:49:10

I'm going to guess next April.

EmAndes Mon 06-Apr-20 17:49:48

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Sjjr23 Mon 06-Apr-20 18:00:59

Not rescheduled yet; register office were keen to get us booked in asap / 3 weeks from the announcement of measures, so next week?! We said we'd wait until things were clearer, rather than having to cancel again

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Xenia Mon 06-Apr-20 18:23:20

happy, thanks. We have a weird system in the Uk where if you are Jewish or Christian the celebrant/priest must also do the civil marriage a the same time but for hindus, muslims etc that is not required. I have one client who in glee in a business meeting once said he was not legally married to his wife but she didn't know that so she would do very badly if they split up. ick Jagger married jery Hall on a tropical island and it was not a legal marriage so she got much letter money as she had no divorce rights. So it is certainly something to consider.

The interesting legal point will be if you are in the UK and you find say a US wedding that could be done by zoom with the celebrant in the US would English courts recognise that as a valid marriage recognised in English law in the same way that if you flew to Vegas for a weekend to get married that would be recognised. We need a family lawyer to answer that.

CandyLeBonBon Mon 06-Apr-20 18:26:51

I'm a wedding photographer. My business has been decimated. All my couples are rebooking for autumn or next year so far. I've a few summer ones hanging on to see but everything has moved on a year pretty much. Tough times for all

happystrummer Mon 06-Apr-20 19:21:40

My friend is very savvy and financially independent so am I sure she will legally register it here when she has the chance if she wants to. I saw that the high court had decided in one case that a nikah was legal in UK law in relation to that particular case.
Anyway she said she had a lovely ceremony, just the two of them in the flat with the imam and her family who were abroad zooming in.

Sjjr23 Thu 16-Apr-20 10:02:35

Registry office have contacted again, "aim for 3 weeks time?"........they're optimistic!

Although I suppose they're keen to do as many as they can given the potential number of postponements

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BarbaraofSeville Thu 16-Apr-20 10:20:29

I have one client who in glee in a business meeting once said he was not legally married to his wife but she didn't know that so she would do very badly if they split up

I knew a couple in the same position. Unfortunately she died, leaving him in a much worse position than if they had been married (not entitled to widowed parent's allowance under the old, more generous system, or spouse's pension). Not sorry for him one bit in that regard.

I thought they were allowing weddings with the couple, 2 witnesses and official present only? Or have they too been cancelled now?

Sjjr23 Thu 16-Apr-20 11:30:04

No all ceremonies cancelled in uk now

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Xenia Thu 16-Apr-20 11:55:01

I was just looking at the regs. on this. They allow some people go to funerals and allow ministers to travel to their churches.
They do not allow public gatherings of more than 2 people (I presume that means not including people of the same house) so if a couple live together could they meet a priest - so a public gathering of in effect two and get married? I think the ban on UK civil bit of a marriage (for Jews and Christians) might be in other rules however.

It could be we now have a religious discrimination situation in place against Christians and Jews but if lock down is lifted soon then perhaps there is no point in litigating it.

Sjjr23 Fri 17-Apr-20 20:58:58

Interesting point

Given our small numbers, we're going to see how the restrictions are lifted and go as soon as we can

Only 2 households attending so who knows

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