Britains first ever beach weddings have become a reality after a beach hut designed for ceremonies was built. The law in Britain states that ceremonies may only take place in a 'permanent covered building - something which until now has proved difficult to put in place on British beaches. However, thanks to a unique permission granted to Bournemouth Borough Council, couples can legally tie the knot on the resorts seaside. The Dorset resort is now hoping to rival exotic destinations like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for dream weddings. The resulting white timber 'chapel is positioned on the beach just a few hundred yards from the towns famous pier. Couples can arrive on the novelty land train that serves the seven mile promenade or descend on the historic cliff lift and up to 400 guests can be entertained in a marquee. Permission took some time to grant because of arguments about whether a beach hut was a permanent 'covered building as is required by law. But now everything is in place and the first weddings of their type in Britain will be held next April inside the 16ft by 8ft beach hut. Bournemouth Borough Council responded after receiving about 60 enquiries a year from couples wanting to get hitched on its sandy beaches. And it is hoped the weddings will give a major boost to the local economy, especially if the couples choose to honeymoon in Bournemouth as well. DM