Officials are considering changes to law so small weddings can take place

May 28, 2020 by

by Jack Wright, Mailonline:

Churches are planning on allowing wedding witnesses to observe ceremonies using video conferencing technology under government proposals.

Ministers are considering changes to the law to allow witnesses to dial-in remotely rather than attend wedding ceremonies physically post-lockdown.

This could allow small weddings to go ahead and vulnerable guests and others who cannot attend a ceremony to watch happy couples get married.

The move would also be a boon to anyone who has relatives abroad who cannot fly to Britain for the wedding, according to The Daily Telegraph.

It comes after Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said he was giving ‘anxious consideration’ to marriages, which have not taken place since March 23.

Currently all weddings legally require two witnesses – the couple and wedding official to be present for the marriage to occur.

Usually witnesses who observe the ceremony must sign the marriage register but under the plans an electronic signature could be acceptable.

Senior figures in the Church of England are aware of the plans and there are discussions going on about how to bring the tech into churches across Britain.

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