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Outside ceremonies

We know how important your special day is to you and your family and friends. We will do all that we can to ensure that it lives up to your expectations.

The law of this country doesn't allow for a ceremony to take place outside. All the legal requirements of a ceremony must be held within a permanent, immovable structure, with a fixed solid roof and solid floor. This needs to be large enough to accommodate the couple, two Registrars, both witnesses and a table large enough to prepare the paperwork.

We are happy to try and accommodate ceremonies in an outside garden structure between 1 March and 31 October.  However, the great British weather being what it is, that is not always possible.

The main reason that a ceremony may not take place in an outside structure is bad weather. This can include rain (or the likelihood of showers), wind, very cold conditions (under 16 degrees), intense heat and sunshine (with no shade for guests) and other extreme conditions. It is also a legal requirement that the marriage registers and civil partnership schedules (and all other legal paperwork) must be kept dry and in pristine condition at all times. Guests also need to feel comfortable and be able to hear the ceremony. 

Please don't let it spoil your day if the ceremony cannot take place outside. Make plans for your chosen room inside too – and consider it a bonus if the weather is kind to you.

If you would like your ceremony to take place in a garden structure, complete the garden structure ceremony agreement form at least two months prior to your ceremony.   

Outside ceremony form

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