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Back in 2011, the government announced that restrictions on the times that couples could get married would soon be relaxed to allow for weddings twenty-four hours a day in England and Wales. Previously partnerships could only be registered between the hours of 8am and 6pm and couples looking for romantic midnight nuptials had to head abroad to Scotland to make their dream come true.

The great news for couples looking for a marriage with a different touch, without the need to cross borders, is that the new rules have now come into play and marriages can take place any time of day provided the required 15 day notice period is still given. This new ruling brings England and Wales in line with the Scottish system which also allows for weddings round the clock.

Not all local authorities are to be forced to adhere to the change but the Blackpool Tower has already thrown its hat into the ring, announcing that it will be happy to accommodate couples looking to create a unique event outside the normal hours. So what does the Las Vegas of the North have to entertain and inspire prospective couples and their guests? The Tower itself of course is the most famous of Blackpool's landmarks and has overlooked the town since 1894. Inspiration for the tower was taken from the Eiffel Tower in Paris and it measures over 150 metres in height. With amazing views out to sea and across the landscape, it clearly provides a stunning location to seal the knot whatever time of day or night.

A night-time marriage could certainly be brought to life by the famous Blackpool Illuminations and 2012's show is set to be the best to date as the town marks one hundred years since the first lights were displayed. Between 31st August and 4th November over one million bulbs will transform the sea front and create so spectacular a sight you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived in the real Las Vegas. The town is steeped in history as well as classic British seaside fun to be found on not one, but three activity packed piers. In addition, the Grand Theatre is over a hundred years old and offers drama and dance performances as well as an annual pantomime.

Accommodation is available for all budgets, but for that special occasion why not go for the hotel that played host to Charles Dickens and the Queen no less. The four star Imperial Hotel is an impressive, Victorian red-brick building with its own indoor swimming pool.

Many couples wanting to tie the knot at midnight will probably still consider the heat and white sand beaches of tropical paradises across the globe, but there is no shortage of attractions and excitement to be found in Blackpool if you'd like to stay closer to home.

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