Where Can We Have an Outdoor Wedding?

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Where Can We Have an Outdoor Wedding?

From July 2021 until April 2022, outdoor civil wedding ceremonies will be permitted in a much wider range of locations. But it’s important to be aware that the new rules only apply to a limited number of venues in England and Wales. So if you’re wondering “where can we have an outdoor wedding?”, you’ve come to the right place! In this article we explain the recent changes to outdoor wedding laws and provide a searchable list of our licensed outdoor wedding venues across the UK.

Can we have an outdoor wedding anywhere?

Yes… although not necessarily a legally binding one. The recent change applies to wedding venues in England and Wales that already have an indoor civil ceremony licence. So as long as the venue has a licence to hold legally binding wedding ceremonies in at least one area, then during this period it will be permitted to hold these ceremonies outdoors as well – anywhere within its boundary. Prior to this change, the outdoor area itself would have needed to hold a civil ceremony licence.

It’s important to note that this is a temporary law change intended to make weddings in England and Wales safer as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Scotland and Northern Ireland already have comparably relaxed rules about outdoor weddings. A consultation will take place next year to see if this change should become permanent.

It’s also important to note that if you choose a celebrant to lead your wedding then you can have an outdoor ceremony virtually anywhere, including in your own garden. Plus you’d get a much more personalised and bespoke ceremony. But it does mean you would need to complete the legal paperwork separately at the register office.

There is also a separate Law Commission review in progress that is looking in detail at how the wedding laws of England and Wales can be amended to give couples greater choice. Final recommendations on this are due to be passed to government at the end of 2021.

How can we find a licensed outdoor wedding venue?

If you’ve got your heart set on having a legally binding outdoor civil ceremony, then we hope we’ll be able to help you find your dream venue! Below is a breakdown of our listed outdoor wedding venues that hold an outdoor ceremony licence. Please note that some of these will have a permanent licence, while others will be licensed only until April 2022, unless the change is made permanent. You can contact each venue via its profile page to find out more.

Start your search

To get started, simply use the filtering options below to search our listed venues with an outdoor ceremony licence across the UK. Happy hunting!