THE NUMBER of people tying the knot in Eastbourne is on the rise according to figures released recently.
East Sussex County Council’s registration service has seen a 16 per cent jump overall in the number of weddings it has performed in the county in June, July and August, compared to the same period in 2010.
The service has performed just under 900 ceremonies over this summer, compared to 776 last year.
Eastbourne is leading the way in the numbers of couples getting hitched with a 28 per cent rise.
County council chiefs say the increase in ceremonies will help boost the local economy and, in particular, licensed venues and wedding supplier companies.
Councillor Tony Freebody, the county council’s lead member for community services, said, “I am delighted that more couples are choosing this county and our service for their weddings and civil partnerships.
“More weddings in East Sussex will help local businesses in these difficult times and more ceremonies performed by our Registration Service helps generate more income for the council.”
Council bosses believe the increase is partly down to the launch of the weddings and ceremonies brochure and leaflets earlier this year which promoted venues across the county.
“We have 80 fabulous venues licensed for ceremonies in East Sussex,” said Cllr Freebody.
“These range from private country houses and estates, castles, hotels, barns, an art gallery, museums, inns, restaurants and even a bandstand.
“These venues are proving popular which has helped to increase our figures.”
The council said its registration office ceremony rooms in Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes are very popular, particularly the mayor’s reception room in Eastbourne, with its beautiful domed ceiling decorated in sumptuous reds and gold.
Cllr Freebody said, “Whether couples are planning a large celebration or a smaller, more intimate affair, they will find a fabulous venue to suit both their taste and budget.
“In addition, council registration staff receive many compliments on their professionalism and their ability to create a personalised ceremony based on the wishes of intending couples.”