Wedding Reception Venue Licensing
First things first, if you're not looking to hold your ceremony and wedding reception all in the same venue, then don't waste your time hanging around here - instead, move onto our 'Wedding Reception Venue Location' section instead.
Assuming you are still reading this, then one thing you need to be fully aware of up front is that you don't have a completely free choice. In fact, there are a great number of wedding reception venues in the UK capable of hosting such occasions that aren't in posession of a civil ceremony license. This means that whilst you may love the thought of having all of the wedding at a nearby castle, if it isn't on the list of approved premisies, then your wedding ceremony will need to be held elsewhere.
Another thing to know at this stage is that wedding reception venues can be added to, or removed from, the 'approved premises list' at any time. This means that the list can, and does, change on a very regular basis.
So how can you find out which premises have been granted a license?
One of the best ways to find this out is to contact your local Register Office - they will be able to advise just what your options are and who you need to contact.
Alternatively, online wedding directories (such as the one on Weddingsday) hold a comprehensive database of wedding reception venues that are in posession of a civil ceremony license, although we can't stress enough that these do change very regularly!
Your ultimate port of call of course should be the venue itself. Most will outline on their website what capacity they have as a venue, but if not a simple call should solve everything.