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Post by GD on Fri 16 Sep 2011, 5:59 pm

Marketing Sark as a wedding venue could be a new way of generating revenue, according to an Guernsey politician.

The General Purposes and Advisory Committee has asked Chief Pleas to allow it to make firm proposals for liberalising Sark's marriage laws.

Changes could be made to the residency qualifications needed to get married in the island and more venues licensed.

Committee chairman Charles Maitland said a consultation would take place before any changes were made.

He said that if agreed it was likely the island would follow Alderney's system.

It introduced a law in 2005 to allow building and places to be approved for the solemnization of a marriage.

Since then Alderney has changed the minimum residential period before marriage to three days and the States launched a dedicated website.

The committee has suggested Sark should make itself as flexible as possible in order to attract weddings.
(from BBC)


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Post by kat on Sat 17 Sep 2011, 10:31 am

They have to ask Guernsey clergy for permission first to get married as it goes under our system
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Post by karma on Sat 17 Sep 2011, 10:46 pm

I ha!ve a friend who already offers a Wedding/Honeymoon package in Sark. Good friends also got married there (Happy Anniversary to you both) and only had to be there for 3 days to qualify - so it is already happening Heart1
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Post by Bacchus on Sat 01 Oct 2011, 7:43 pm

Thanks Karma for the anniversary wish - five years already!!!

They reckoned that by marrying in Sark you could not get divorced so I guess I signed up for good eh!!

Seriously the whole Sark system worked marvellously for us and the welcome and assistance from all sorts of people was great. So yes it happens already and was truly recommendable.
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Post by Dell on Thu 06 Oct 2011, 4:59 pm

Sark government to look at relaxing marriage laws

Sark's government has decided to commission a report on liberalising the island's marriage laws.

The General Purposes and Advisory Committee was instructed by Chief Pleas on Wednesday to formulate a plan to update Sark's 1919 legislation.

Charles Maitland, the committee's chairman, said he wanted to make the process easier for visiting couples.

"It would be good to be able to have a civil wedding in a hotel or even in the Seigneurie Gardens," he said.

Mr Maitland also said the current requirement that couples be resident on the island for at least two weeks prior to the ceremony was restrictive.

At their Michaelmas meeting, Chief Pleas also approved the island's 1.3m budget for 2012.

This will include 50,000 for repairs to the road surface of La Coupee and 5,000 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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