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The usual? Make mine a wedding!


A village pub could become the first in Nottinghamshire to hold wedding services on the premises.

The Full Moon Inn at Morton has applied for a licence to host civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies.

It is believed to be the first venue in the county, which operates solely as a pub, to apply for such a licence.

The landlord and landlady, Mr and Mrs Will White, said they were targeting smaller weddings.

Mr White (35) said: “It would be ideal for older couples who want to get married but don’t want to spend a lot of money.”

Mr White and Mrs Rebecca White (32) were the landlords of the Waggon and Horses pub in Halam for eight years and held their wedding reception there in 2000. They bought The Full Moon in September.

Both were brought up in Southwell and Mr White is a former pupil of the Minster School.

The couple want to use The Full Moon’s former pool room, at the front of the pub, for wedding ceremonies. It has been renamed the Morton Room.

Because an alternative access is available, wedding parties can be kept separate from the main pub.

The room is being refurbished and will re-open at the end of the month.

Mr White said it could accommodate 30 people for a sit-down meal or 50 people for a buffet.

“If you want to hire any village hall you have got to have caterers in there as well, but we can provide the venue and the food,” he said.

The couple, who met while working at the French Horn pub in Upton ten years ago, said they had not yet thought about what they would charge for weddings.

Miss Sally Gray, a registration services support officer at County Hall, where the application is being processed, said The Full Moon was the first pub to apply for a licence for marriage ceremonies.

She said other pubs in the area, such as the Saracen’s Head in Southwell, had a licence but they were run as hotels as well as pubs.

Miss Gray said the Full Moon could be approved next month if the application process went smoothly.

The licence will be valid for three years before another application has to be made.

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