In England, new General Register Office guidelines prohibit taking the traditional picture of the happy bride and groom signing the wedding registry. Why? Well, in part, because you might invade the privacy of all the other people on the registry if you have a really good camera or take a really close shot. But that ain't all. Also:
"There is also a high risk of damage to the register with a fountain pen when the bride and groom are looking at the camera and not the pen."
After reading it a few times, I now think they are probably talking about the book and not the clerk. But maybe English brides and grooms are unusually clumsy, and there have been some number of eyes put out or something. Thank God they have the government to look out for them.
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