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Call to put mothers' names on marriage certificates

MPs have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to introduce laws to include the names of newlyweds' mothers on marriage certificates.

The move would end the "offensive and outdated message" that marriage is a "business transaction between fathers," said ministers the motion tabled in Parliament.

A campaign to include mother's names on marriage certificates has attracted more than 37,500 signatures. Credit: PA

While marriage certificates in England and Wales currently have space for the details of the fathers of bride and grooms, their mothers' names are not specifically recorded.

The motion, which has so far been backed by 26 MPs from across the political spectrum, calls on May to act "without delay", stating: "Change is needed so that mothers are no longer erased from these important historical records."

A petition on the website calling for the names of mothers to be included alongside those of fathers has attracted more than 37,500 signatures.

Charity offers marriage guidance as wedding gifts

A relationship counselling charity has offered vouchers for marriage guidance as wedding gifts. The charity Relate Cambridge says its gift vouchers would be a good way to "nurture a relationship".

The idea is for marriage guidance as wedding gifts. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Elaine Taylor, a relationship counsellor from the charity, said: "It's a very much more proactive approach. It's a way of anticipating challenges head on. It's preventative. It's more a way of life than a problem. And it's just a different kind of gift."

The idea was sparked when a couple who married last year put counselling sessions with Relate on their wedding gift list.


Vicar leads flashmob at wedding

A bride and groom have surprised their wedding guests by launching into a dance routine with their vicar after they were declared husband and wife.

The groom Gary Richardson said that the couple wanted to do "something a bit different" to celebrate their wedding, and that their Vicar, the Reverend Kate Bottley of St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth had suggested a 'flash mob'.

28 of their friends agreed to join in with the performance on the 15th June, which was choreographed by friends from Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

Bride snoozes as thousands marry in mass wedding

A bride takes a nap as her groom lifts her head during a mass wedding ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A bride takes a nap while her groom lifts her head during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul.

Newlyweds celebrate during a mass wedding ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The Unification Church, founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples.

Around 3,500 couples attended the mass wedding.

Han Hak-ja (R), widow of Evangelist Reverend Sun-Myung Moon, sprays holy water to bless newlyweds. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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World's most expensive wedding cake in Liverpool

Chester baker Tim Smith made for the National Gay wedding show at Liverpool's BT convention centre next month Credit: Paul Crone

The world's most expensive wedding cake is in Liverpool. The cake is worth £32.4million, beating the previous most expensive which was around £12.8million.

It is covered in more than 2000 diamonds.

The cake is covered in more than 2000 diamonds Credit: Paul Crone

Chester baker Tim Smith created the cake especially for The National Gay Wedding Show which is set to hit the North West on the March 3rd, when it will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Tim Smith decorating the creation with real diamonds. Credit: Paul Crone

Chinese couple take wedding photo after 88 years of marriage

A couple with the combined age of 204 finally took an official wedding picture - 88 years after they married.

Wu Conghan, 101 years old, and his 103-year-old wife pose for photos. Credit: China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters

Wu Conghan, 101, and his wife Wu Sognshi, 103, married in 1924 but never had a photograph to commemorate their big day.

A local company offered to help the elderly pair from Nanchong, Sichuan province, to have their picture taken, with the bride wearing a long gown and the groom in a bow tie and white suit jacket.

Afterwards, the happy couple looked at their mementos on a borrowed laptop.