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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
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Border weddings boom made £1.4m for council

WEDDINGS delayed by the pandemic that finally went ahead last year helped Dumfries and Galloway Council rake in nearly £1.4m.

The rush also meant tills were ringing for the local authority, with ceremonies being booked out at Gretna and income almost doubling compared to the previous year.

Earnings from the processing of marriage and civil partnership registrations, along with birth and death registrations, totalled £1,388,026 in 2021/22.

In 2020/21, when the region was largely in lockdown and many weddings had to be cancelled, the council earned £722,904 from marriage, birth and death registrations.

The wedding resurgence was highlighted at the communities committee last week.

A report tabled at the meeting reads: “Overall neighbourhood services has returned an underspend of £169,000, primarily due to the recovery of income levels within registrars.

“This reflects a significant increase in the number of marriage registrations which were undertaken at Gretna during 2021/22, reflecting the level of weddings that were postponed during the pandemic.”

Gretna Green is still the wedding capital of Britain, averaging more than 3500 of them in a typical year.

The town’s wedding industry supports hundreds of jobs and, before the pandemic, provided nearly £37m a year to the region’s economy.

The Gretna registration district – which also includes Gretna Green and Kirkpatrick Fleming – is Scotland’s marriage mecca accounting for 12 per cent of all weddings in the country.

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