Midnight Lovers

This week wedding laws in the UK have changed, allowing couples to marry in England and Wales at any time of day or night.

From the 1st October 2012 this 176-year-old ban on 24 hour marriage was finally lifted, as previously couples were only allowed to marry between the hours of 8am-6pm, but now you can hold your ceremony at, well, any time you fancy really!

So, we’ve been having a bit of fun here at Perfect HQ this evening thinking up some suitable (and novelty!) themes and ideas to compliment these new changes in marriage law…

Las Vegas

Vegas themed weddings have always been fairly popular as fun themes go. Perfect for couples who wish to bring the casino style to their evening, or for Rockabilly lovers and Elvis fans, the Vegas theme always goes down a treat. But, what do you think of when you think of Vegas weddings? The Little White Wedding Chapel of course! Why not hold a midnight marriage in the style of this iconic wedding venue, you could even bring in a vintage car and re-create your own version of the drive-through wedding!

The Owl and The Pussy Cat

OK, we’re not suggesting you turn up at your wedding dressed as this famous pair as such, but remember the rhyme? “They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon, they danced by the light of the moon.” The perfect poem to compliment a Victorian theme perhaps, or even a literary theme: dot plenty of old-fashioned bound books and candlesticks about your venue, and perhaps even design your colour scheme with the ‘pea-green’ boat in mind. Start the festivities with a hog roast, and don’t forget to pop a ring in poor Piggy-wig’s nose.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

While we’re on the subject of literary treats, this Shakespearean classic lends itself beautifully to the ceremony-by-night wedding. Use fairy lights and plenty of scented candles and tea lights to create a glittering, magical atmosphere, plus you can bring plenty of trees, shrubbery and flowers into your venue to create a forest-like setting. Fill the aisle with flower petals, line with lots of lanterns and keep the lighting low and atmospheric for that true midsummer night feeling. Style with Grecian dresses for the bride and bridesmaids, and perhaps even a flower girl in fairy wings, if she can stay awake that late of course!

The ‘Wedding Breakfast’

You could use the new laws to your advantage and take this traditional meal served after the wedding ceremony to very literal heights! Marry at dawn with the sounds of the dawn chorus behind you, then as the new day’s sun rises in the sky above, treat your guests to a full sit down breakfast meal; with a Champagne and juices reception, perhaps serve some very snazzy breakfast-inspired canapés (“mini-fried-egg, anyone?”) followed by the full-on cooked brekkie, and a wedding cake made of muffins and pastries… you’re guests will be all set for a full day of celebrations to follow.

Wedding Glamping

Tipi’s and yurts are becoming increasingly popular at weddings with a variety of bridal tents now available for married couples to enjoy their first night in together as husband and wife. If you’re planning a more intimate wedding, why not marry at sunset, then as the light fades your guests can enjoy a full taste of ‘wedding glamping’, singing songs around the camp fire as you dance your first dance, and sleeping under the stars on a bed of sheep skin rugs and Bedouin-style blankets.

The Witching Hour

Prefer something a little more alternative? Release your inner goth, don a black wedding dress and marry at 3am… that is traditionally the witching hour don’t you know?

What wedding themes can you think of to take advantage of the new marriage laws in England and Wales? Leave your comments below…

Photo credit: Hoffer Photography

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