Bank Holidays mean one thing at The Sheridan Suite – Lots and lots of weddings!
With bank holidays this year being Easter (3rd April Good Friday – 6th April Easter Monday), 2 bank holiday weekends in May (4th May and 25th May) and then August (31st August), it’s no surprise that getting married on a bank holiday is extremely popular.
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom. In 1871, the first legalisation relating to bank holidays was passed when Liberal politician and banker Sir John Lubbock introduced the Bank Holidays Act 1871. The Act did not include Good Friday and Christmas Day as bank holidays in England, Wales or Ireland because they were already recognised as common law holidays; they had been customary holidays since before records began.
Commencing in 1965, on an experimental basis, the August Bank Holiday weekend was observed at the end of August ‘to give a lead in extending British holidays over a longer summer period. Each year’s date was announced in Parliament on and ad-hoc basis, to the despair of the calendar and diary publishing trade. The rule seems to have been to select the weekend of the last Saturday in August, so that in 1968 and 1969 Bank Holiday Monday actually fell in September.
A century after the 1871 Act, the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, which currently regulates bank holidays in the UK, was passed. The majority of the current bank holidays were specified in the 1971 Act; however New Year’s Day and May Day were not introduced throughout the whole of the UK until 1974 and 1978 respectively.
When Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, and Boxing Day on a Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday are normally designated public holidays instead.
In 1995 the May Bank Holiday was moved to 8th May for the 50th anniversary of VE Day.
In 2002 the bank holiday was moved to 4th June to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and also to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.
Even back in 2011, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, allowed another bank holiday in that year for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This was on the 29th April for the Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton.
It’s estimated there was almost a million people who turned out in London for the wedding. Crowds roared with excitement as the newlyweds said their vows at Westminster Abbey before travelling in a carriage to Buckingham Palace.
Thousands waited at the Palace gates to see the couple’s first public kiss and they got to see two!!
One of the benefits of having a wedding on a bank holiday is that majority of your guests will already have the time off from work. A little tip though is to let your guests know of your wedding date, as soon as you have booked it so that if there is any guests who need to inform their employers for a day’s holiday, they can do with plenty of notice. This also gives guests enough time to plan their journey and make arrangements, if there is going to be some travelling involved.
Be mindful if you do have a wedding booked or are going to book your wedding on a bank holiday as not only can venues get booked up extremely quickly, but so can wedding companies and suppliers. Make sure you book as soon as you can so not to be disappointed.
If you’re interested in having a wedding at The Sheridan but are unsure of what date you want, then contact our wedding coordinator today on 0161 203 5444 and we can check the availability for you.