Wakefield Council’s proposal to increase the cost of weddings

generic wedding bridal marriage couple hands ring
generic wedding bridal marriage couple hands ring

Getting hitched on a Friday or Saturday will become more expensive if council bosses approve a new fee structure next week.

The cost of booking a wedding or civil partnership on Fridays and Saturdays would rise from £325 to £425 under the proposals.

But the new scheme would also give people more flexibility with the time of day at which they can tie the knot.

The changes, due to come into effect on May 1, would allow couples to book sunrise ceremonies on most days, between 6.30am and 8am, starting at £750.

And for the same price they could book a midnight wedding.

But a report to Tuesday’s cabinet meeting said any weddings between the hours of 9.30pm and 8.30am would be “subject to the availability of staff”.

The proposals sparked some debate on the Express Facebook page.

Craig Ward said: “I can’t believe that it costs so much to celebrate your love for someone, it’s a joke to be fair.”

But Bethany Le-Anne Carter-Stanley said: “That’s cheap. Me and my husband got married in our local church and paid £500.”

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which came into effect last October, removed time restrictions on marriages and civil partnerships, which could previously only take place between 8am and 6pm.

The proposals have been recommended for approval ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.