Saturday, March 19, 2011

How to get married in a shed

If you've always wanted to get married in a beach hut, head to Bournemouth because from this May onwards you should be able to get hitched on the beach. Tourism bosses have applied for planning permission to set up a cream-coloured beach hut "chapel" measuring 11sq m (118sq ft): there is certainly a demand as the local council receives more than 60 inquiries a year about beach weddings on the town's beaches.

Peter Charon, leader of Bournemouth council, claimed maybe a little optimistically. "With seven miles of sandy beaches, palm trees and luxury beachfront hotels and restaurants, Bournemouth can rival anywhere in the world as the perfect beach wedding location."

If it does receive the planners' green light, the wooden hut will be put up near the sea wall and the resort's cliff lift and will be available through summer until October. Interestingly, the concept of a permanent structure is a key one as legally this is needed for a marriage or civil partnership to be valid in England and Wales.

Photo courtesy York Place Studios
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