Civil ceremony approval for Antrim and Newtownabbey wedding venues
Four venues in Antrim and Newtownabbey have been approved for civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies.
They are Clotworthy House and Antrim Castle Gardens, Shanes Castle, Old Courthouse in Antrim and Breckenhill, Ballyclare.
The borough council has a responsibility to approve appropriate applications for civil marriages and civil partnerships.
All premises have been formally inspected by council officials. No objections have been received.
At Clotworthy House and Antrim Castle Gardens, ceremonies can take place at Oriel Gallery, Massereene Room and the large parterre.
At Shanes Castle in Antrim, the Carriage Room to include the patio and lawn has been approved; both barns, drawing room and garden at Breckenhill were given the go-ahead as well as the Old Courthouse Theatre.
A recommendation that these premises be re-approved was proposed by Macedon DUP Councillor Linda Irwin and seconded by Threemilewater DUP Cllr Sam Flanagan.
The number permitted to attend weddings and civil partnerships is to be informed by a risk assessment for the venue due to restrictions as a result of the Covid pandemic.
Face coverings must be worn by all unless exempt, other than those in the marriage party.
Customers can also view the facilities of venues used for marriages and civil partnerships, such as hotels, but this is restricted to a maximum of four per visit.
Receptions or post ceremony gatherings are not permitted at present.
An indicative date of May 24 has been set for the resumption of wedding receptions with numbers to be informed by a risk assessment for the venue although this will be subject to review.
Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter
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