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A surge in the number of civil weddings in Falkirk is making up for a downturn in the conference sector at event venues across the city, reports the Falkirk Herald.
The Marriage (Scotland) Act 2002 allows much greater flexibility in terms of where couples can choose to have their weddings, and it seems that events venues may be able to use the surge in demand to cover any deficits left by the reduction in corporate tourism. Castles, hotels and other locations more commonly known for their use as conference venues, are being used for civil ceremonies.
Kay Comrie, a ceremonies administrator at Falkirk Council's ceremonies' office, told the paper: "Civil weddings are becoming more and more popular as time goes on and we have a great rapport with the venues."
Civil weddings how account for over 50 per cent of marriages in Scotland as a whole, although in the Falkirk region church weddings are still the most popular, with more than 400 taking place last year.