Surrey registrars have worked with two couples due to get married at Clandon Park this weekend to ensure their weddings can go ahead at other venues.
The two couples are among 27 who had booked ceremonies at the fire-ravaged mansion this year and will now need to make alternative arrangements.
The minimum notice period required for a wedding ceremony at any given venue is 28 days but an application can be made for the notice period to be reduced in exceptional circumstances.
Surrey County Council’s registration service, working with registration colleagues in Kingston and Wandsworth, helped couples due to be married at Clandon Park House on Friday and Saturday give fresh notices of marriage and apply for a waiver of the notice period, enabling them to get married at an alternative venue on the same date. The couples were contacted by 8am yesterday morning to discuss their options.
A Surrey County Council spokesman said: ‘Following the devastating fire at Clandon Park, we’ve done all we can to ensure two weddings due to take place this weekend can proceed at alternative venues on the days the couples intended.
‘We’ve applied to the General Register Office for the wedding notice period to be waived and we’ll also be contacting other couples who have booked ceremonies at Clandon Park to give them any advice and support they need.’
A total of 27 weddings were due to take place at Clandon Park between now and the end of 2015, while 12 couples had already booked ceremonies for 2016.