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Three weddings and a bingo game

  • 14 Feb 12
  • Written by Deena Chance

altRecently at Bingo Hideout, we’ve brought you stories concerning bingo halls considering using their venues for different purposes and here’s another, more quirky idea. Cosmo Bingo in Stalybridge is hoping to become one of the first in the UK to gain a license for wedding ceremonies. The idea came about when bosses considered the number of hen parties they already cater for and how many of these brides-to-be would be really happy to come back to celebrate their big day. The venue has been described as an ‘austere’ choice but not one that people would turn their noses up at.

The Cosmo Bingo manager Keith Lee was keen to show his enthusiasm for the idea, telling the Manchester Evening News that it would ‘certainly be a wedding with a difference’ and explained how he was very keen on keeping the whole bingo theme present throughout the wedding ceremonies. He suggests that bingo tables could be provided for guests or they would be welcome to go down to their games room. Another positive Mr. Lee highlights in using his bingo hall, if it were to be granted a licence, is that they’d be able to undercut other large venues and big country houses, offering a cheap and cheerful alternative.

The club is now waiting on the council licensing department to approve their application. In a town that’s already known by the somewhat tongue-in-cheek name of ‘StalyVegas’ due to its strip of pubs and clubs, it would be even more fitting for them to hold weddings in a gambling venue. Mr. Lee is certainly behind this idea and believes Cosmo Bingo hall would ‘make the perfect space for a real StalyVegas-style wedding’. The application is currently with Tameside Council who are looking into it in depth and putting together a number of provisions which need to be met, these include full inspections by a registrar and health and safety. If the hall meets all set conditions, there’s no reason they can’t begin holding ceremonies.

It is becoming increasingly popular for bingo halls to add additional services to their bill and become multipurpose venues. This could be an interesting sign of what’s to come and how the traditional bingo industry can stay afloat despite the many knocks it’s had in the past. Whether or not you’d personally like to get married in a bingo hall is your choice but it certainly provides another option for those looking for a budget venue with on-site entertainment amongst its perks.

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