Registration of Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Outside Ceremonies


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 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 1st March and 31st October. .

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 an outside structure please advise the registrar when you complete your legal paperwork.