WEDDING ceremonies are to be switched from Huddersfield's register office to the splendours of the town hall.
Council chiefs will confirm their decision to ditch the High Street building as a venue for marriages at a meeting next week.
The move comes after the register office was condemned as too small and unattractive for wedding parties.
It was also felt to be wrong that people visiting for a death certificate have to pass a wedding party in the foyer.
The register office will be retained for the recording of births and deaths in the plan due to be agreed by Kirklees Council's Cabinet next Wednesday.
The transfer of weddings to the charms of the Victorian town hall was welcomed today.
Council Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: "By setting the weddings part of the registry in the Town Hall you can separate the functions and get some real advantages.
"I think everyone will agree that the Town Hall will make a much better venue for a wedding than the current premises. Certainly photographs of the happy event will be much improved.
"Also catering can be arranged on site so that the whole event can happen in one venue."
No date has been set for the move - but changes to improve town hall access and reception facilities will have to be made first.
In the same plan, Dewsbury's register office will be shut completely and its services moved to Dewsbury Town Hall.
Huddersfield at one time had two register offices - one for people living in the town and one for surrounding areas.
But all that changed in local government reorganisation of 1974 when services were brought under one roof.
A report to next week's Cabinet meeting said alternative accommodation had been urged by an official inspector.
The idea of using the town hall won favour from people on the streets in an Examiner survey last year.