Ask Kate: Getting Married In The Garden

August 6, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


Please could you tell me if it is possible to get married outside, in our garden, for example. How do I get permission and the services of a civil marriage person/vicar?


Unless you live in Scotland, it isn’t possible to legally marry in your garden in the UK. If you want a civil wedding you have to marry in a venue licensed for civil weddings, either a register office or a hotel or stately home or licensed place of interest (for instance a zoo or football ground.)
You could have a civil ceremony before your chosen wedding date, and on the day have a humanist wedding in your garden. Humanist weddings are not legally binding (except again in Scotland) but can be suitably personal and spiritual.

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