It’s celebration time for the West Sussex Ceremonies Team this week as they mark 178 years of conducting marriages.
If you get married now in a licensed venue or a Register Office you’ll have a member of the Team with you to officiate.
This all began on 1 July 1837 when Civil Registration started following the Marriage Act 1836. It meant marriages could take place in a local register office, instead of only in a church.
Then 157 years later, in 1994, The Marriage Act enabled outside venues to be licensed to register marriages.
This opened the way for a variety of locations, including hotels, historic buildings, stately homes, vintage barns and manor houses to be licensed as marriage venues.
Couples can now get married and hold receptions in some wonderful locations – especially in West Sussex which is the sunshine capital of the UK.
People who wed in West Sussex can choose from a wide range of venues, from the classic to the quirky. These include a castle, a racecourse, a railway station, a vintage barn and the latest addition – a vineyard.
Other key dates in the history of marriage were 2004 when the Civil Partnership Act enabled same sex couples to have partnerships legally registered, and March 2014 when marriage between same sex couples was legalised.
The Ceremonies Team in West Sussex have a wealth of experience between them and are happy to help answer any questions you have about getting married. The service has been around for almost 200 years – or as they like to say – ‘West Sussex Ceremonies Team – marrying you since 1837’.
Find a comprehensive list of all West Sussex approved venues visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/location-directories/find-an-approved-wedding-venue/
You can also view a copy of the West Sussex Ceremonies Guide at: www.westsussex.gov.uk/ceremonies, or call 01243 642122 if you would like a hard copy.
Pictured: Amberley Castle