When is a wedding not a marriage? Exploring non-legally binding ceremonies

A guest post by Rajnaara Akhtar, Tania Barton, Sharon Blake, Rebecca Probert and Vishal Vora.

Why might couples in England and Wales today opt for a non-legally binding wedding ceremony in addition to their legally binding one?

One reason might be that they attend a place of worship that has not been registered for marriages. Such additional wedding ceremonies have a long history, as is demonstrated by the case of one of the very first couples to get married in a ‘civil’ ceremony under the Marriage Act 1836. Continue reading