A wedding venue in the UK cannot get permission from health authorities to hold a wedding ceremony, despite there being an official policy that the venue can hold weddings only under “exceptional circumstances”.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed it is investigating whether the venue breached the rule after the UK Medical Journal reported on Monday that the London-based Wedding Warehouse, a wedding venue with a capacity of about 1,000 people, was unable to get medical approval for its planned event at St James’s Hall, Windsor Castle, because the site has no suitable venue for the ceremony.
“We are aware of the situation and are investigating,” the HSE said in a statement.
“We are in touch with the Wedding Warehouse and will provide more information when we have it.”
It comes after a report by the Huffington Post last month which found that a handful of venues in the US are struggling to get approval for their weddings.
In an interview with the website, a receptionist at the hotel that is hosting the wedding said the venue is “not a wedding hall” and therefore could not get permission for the event.
“I think there are a lot of people that want to hold weddings, so they are really not a wedding building,” the receptionist said.
“It’s a very limited wedding venue.”
Wedding Warehouse managing director Peter Withers said: “We can’t tell you when we are going to be able to hold our ceremony.
It depends on what we have available and what the other wedding venues are going through.”
If it is not a ceremony, then we have to make a decision to not allow it to happen.
“In a separate statement, Wedding Warehouse said it has been “investigating” the situation.”
The Health & Safety Executive is investigating the situation in the United Kingdom regarding wedding venues that cannot obtain a Health &Safety Certificate, and we are in contact with the venue,” it said.”
Weddings are a great opportunity for families, and the vast majority of venues are licensed to hold them.
“In this case, there was a delay in obtaining the certificate because of a large number of medical issues.”
In another instance, a UK hotel was forced to cancel its planned wedding after it failed to obtain a health certificate for the venue.
The Huffington Post report found that several British wedding venues had difficulty obtaining medical certificates from the Health &SAFE.
However, it is unclear whether the problem is a widespread one or whether it has happened to other venues.
A spokesperson for the HSPT said it had been in contact “with several venues in England, Scotland and Wales” who were unable to obtain certificates, but declined to comment further.
Weddies can still be held at the venue under “special circumstances”, such as if the venue needs more space or a private ceremony, but it would not be allowed to hold more than 1,200 people.
Withers told The Huffington Post: “The problem that we’ve seen is that weddings can take place at the very large wedding venues in London.
They are very popular and so people can go and have weddings.””
We don’t know whether that’s the only case, but if it is then it’s not a proper wedding venue.”
You’re not allowed to have a private or intimate wedding in a venue that is not licensed to host weddings.
That’s a breach of the Health andSafety Certificate.
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