Hi, I am newly engaged and already trying to work out budgeting, we have found our ideal venue which is in our budget, only thing is they are not licensed for weddings as this is outdoors with a marquee. We are looking for an inexpensive way to get around this. I have always dreamed of walking down the aisle with my dad and all our family around, obviously we are not able to do this legally. The nearest registry office is 20 minute drive away, do you think guest will mind if they wait around playing games (or drinking) while we legally marry with doing the blessing first? Would love to hear some suggestions. TIA
You could have some guests with you at the registry office and then more join at the venue. Or do your ceremony on another day? x
Registry offices as a venue are ridiculously expensive unless you do the limited ceremony which is under £100 but only allows 4 people - the bride, groom and two witnesses. You could do that prior to the wedding on the morning or even the day before.
Thank you for your responses, I think we'll have to look into doing it at the registry office with the two witnesses. I don't know why we can't get married where we like, would make things a lot easier lol x
I know people who got married a few days before then just had a ceremony for guests
Go for it
They all wait while you have pictures anyway 😊
This is exactly how I want to do Mine! 😁😍
Why not invite guests to.registry office and then all go to venue for reception. 20.mins away isn't far and everyone can share in your ceremoney
Cheapest way .. pop to registry office for legal ceremony then have a hand-fasting as your main all out do , as this has no legal basis you can have anyone conduct proceedings
We are trying to get our venue making a license for weddings (big backyard of my fiance his parents - his mom is marrying us) if we fail to obtain a license, we properly pop to the register office the day or morning before our dream ceremony without telling others. X
I wouldnt mind if that was me tbh. I want a quicky wedding too and if everyone wants to go out drinking after, i wont say no to that 😂
Go for a humanist ceremony, the officiant I am let to believe is licences themselves as opposed to the venue having a licence. I’ve know of folks to have humanist ceremonies in their back garden or in a marquee in a field.
Why not do the registry office the day before with your close family and witnesses and then have a celebrant do a ceremony the next day as the wedding with dad walking down aisle etc. This then would be your wedding day
Go to registry office whenever you feel like it and then get a celebrant on the day, will still perform a ceremony with walking down aisle etc but will be all your details etc xxx
We've looked into having a humanist but as our country don't see this as a legal practise we'll have to still do the registry office wedding but we do want to have a humanist for the actual 'wedding'. I'm quite traditional in the way I want my dad to walk me down the aisle and not see my H2B before our wedding but I've grown up in the countryside so I want to appreciate and incorporate the outdoors in my wedding. I really appreciate these suggestions, will be thinking more about this 😊 X
My mum had this issue. What they did, was they got married during the week with a few close friends and family, or even just with no one there. And had a fake wedding ceremony on the day, no licence needed because it's not the real deal. Nobody needs to know and is a lot cheaper. You just pay someone to do a pretend ceremony and wear your dress and everything there :)
You could always do the legal bit a day or so before, and then have a blessing?
My brother did the registry with just the wedding party in the morning, followed by the blessing and wedfing reception. It worked well (my sis-in-law had two dresses: a white summer dress and the proper wedding dress for the blessing)
We are having a humanist ceremony and having legal wedding a couple of days before. Since we booked our venue it has actually acquired a license but my heart's set on a hand fasting ceremony x
Get a celebrant :) we are using Bex Waldron of White Rose Ceremonies, she and her team are amazing!
Save spending out twice, just go to a venue that is licensed
At MakingMemorieswithTLC.co.uk we work with the B&G to remove all of the stress of your very special day. Have you considered completing the official 'wedding' either the day before or the week after at the registry office with just a couple of guests.
If you get married in weekday at registery office it can work out cheaper. Enjoy your special days xx
We had a legal ceremony on the tues with 2 witnesses, no rings exchanged, cost £40 i think?
Then had our 'wedding' on the sat at our unlicensed venue with a celibrant friend conducting the service.
Hubby always said he wanted to get married in jeans and trainers so he did for the legal ceremony but was suited and booted for the wedding
We class our anniversary as the saturday date, I dont even know the date of our legal ceremony 🤣
I'm sure your guests wouldn't mind at all, we are getting married in our local church then travelling about 40 minutes away to our venue
I personally would get the legal part done first - you can do this on the morning of your wedding or even before. Then have the blessing and the rest of the day - I would think this would flow better and doesn't keep people waiting around