They are Clotworthy House and Antrim Castle Gardens, Shanes Castle, Old Courthouse in Antrim and Breckenhill, Ballyclare.

The local council is responsible for approving appropriate civil marriage and civil partnership applications.

All premises were officially inspected by council officials. No objections were received.

At Clotworthy House and Antrim Castle Gardens, ceremonies can take place in the Oriel Gallery, the Massereene Room and the large ground floor.

The carriage room with terrace and lawn has been approved at Shanes Castle in Antrim. Both the barns and the drawing room and garden at Breckenhill were approved as well as the Old Courthouse Theater.

A recommendation to re-authorize these premises was proposed by Linda Irwin, Macedon DUP Councilor, and supported by DUP Cllr Sam Flanagan of Threemilewater DUP.

The number of people who are allowed to participate in weddings and civil partnerships must be determined through a risk assessment for the venue due to restrictions as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Face covering must be worn by all unless otherwise specified, except those in the spouse.

Customers can also view the facilities of venues used for marriages and civil partnerships, e.g. B. Hotels. However, this is limited to a maximum of four per visit.

Post-ceremony receptions or gatherings are currently not permitted.

An indicative wedding reception resumption date has been set with numbers to be communicated through a venue risk assessment, although this is under review.

Michelle Weir, local democracy reporter

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