I am planning on having a wedding in the woods, how gave people gone about arranging outdoor weddings like this? Do I need to gain permissions if so who from? Am new to all this so really have no clue. Thanks in advance
If you want it to be a licensed ceremony (actually get married) in the UK, it must be a licensed venue- so can't just be in the woods. If you want an unofficial one, you'd need permission from the landowner, and possibly things like a PRS licence to play music. Legally you'd also need something like a licensed bar if you wanted to sell booze. If you're talking literally just the woods, you'll also need to consider access, parking, generators and toilets. Remember you'll also need a wet weather plan! Overall it can be easier to look at proper venues as they take care of all this stuff, which can really add up!
I'm no expert, but we looked into this and ultimately abandoned it because it worked out much cheaper and easier for us just to find a reasonable venue with nice outdoor space!
I know people who have had either church weddings or register office weddings and then had outdoor dos after. They've gone to farms with large outdoor spaces and hired marquees etc but like Milly has said, to have a legally binding wedding, the place you marry requires a license. Most councils have a list of licensed venues that they cover so might be worth checking out the local council website to the area you are considering!
Scotland is the only place in the uk that allows outdoor weddings, but you can do the legal paperwork behind closed doors and do a ceremony with a celebrant outdoors with the family present ( it won’t be legal but you can do anything you like that way 🙂
A friend of mine got married in her in-laws woods on their property, but she had to get legally married at a registry office a few days before. They then designed their own ceremony for their wedding in the woods, but as it was on a property they had most of the facilities (parking, toilets etc already). They also provided all the drinks so didn’t need a license, as not selling it and her husband was a AV technician so he provided all the lights and music. If you can’t provide the majority of it (friends and family), it will get very expensive very quickly. Better to try and find a venue that is close to what you want. I went to a wedding at High Lodge in Thetford which is a building they attach a marque to, if it is in the summer you could open the walls of the marque up and feel like you are in the woods but still have all the facilities etc. Good luck xx
Look at Wise wedding venue in Kent, woodland weddings is what they do! http://www.wiseweddingvenue.co.uk/
Where are you based? Check out cornish tipi weddings http://www.cornishtipiweddings.co.uk it’s licensed so you can get married there, it is legal to get married outside as long as you are standing under a licensed structure, Cornish tipi weddings is literally a wooden structure in the woods with lakes and rivers around it, they have a marquee for your evening do and then you and all you mates camp out in tipis!!
Please make sure you find out who owns the woods, otherwise you could end up with a very pissed off farmer/landowner on your hands! Equally they could be owned by the National Trust or a similar organisation so you'll need permission to use the land.
We have the option of having a ceremony in the woods however it's not licensed so would require the legalities of marriage being signed elsewhere and then the ceremony can have whatever content you wish religious or not . But that's on farm land with permission from the landowner however we decided against that option simply due to it not being licensed ,
Check with registrar in the area