Somerset

Rise in council officiated weddings

The number of weddings conducted by Bath and North East Somerset Council has risen.

During 2011, 976 couples took part in marriage or civil partnership ceremonies officiated by the council - 183 more than three years ago.

Three more locations in Bath have also been added to the council's list of approved wedding venues.

Couples can now say "I do" at the Holburne Museum, the American Museum and Bath Rugby's Recreation Ground.

The Guildhall, the Roman Baths and the Assembly Rooms are already on the list.

Alison Manning, Bath and North East Somerset Council's superintendent registrar, said: "2011 was such an exciting and busy year for Bath and North East Somerset Council's Registration Service and we are looking forward to an even better 2012.

'City of romance'

"Couples from all over the country choose to tie the knot here.

"We have many historic, quaint and different venues to choose from and the fact that Bath is a World Heritage City also appeals to couples to hold their ceremony in this city of romance."

Bath and North East Somerset Council has seen the number of ceremonies it officiates increase to 976 from a total of 793 in 2008; 885 in 2009 and 887 in 2010.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Combe Down Cherry Beath said: "This is good news for all the newlyweds but it also benefits local people as it means that Bath and North East Somerset Council can generate more income which is then invested back into protecting our priority frontline services."

The council is holding a wedding open day at the Guildhall on Sunday, 26 February where couples can witness a mock ceremony.

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