Help! Last minute elopement, need tiny outdoor London venue in 8 weeks!

I may be reaching for the stars but I really need to give it a decent go! 

 

My boyfriend and I decided this week to elope in August, I realised that if I don't do at least a few nice things I'll forever be sad about my "shotgun" wedding. The thing I'm really stuck on is venue. I really really really want to have it outside, but because it's an elopement we don't need a massive venue - 5 people max. Apparently the UK has a law that it needs to be either licensed or inside? Does it have to be both? Are there any companies who do tiny outdoor weddings??? 

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  • HydrogirlHydrogirl Posts: 809

    try gardens, like botanical gardens and venues that can do outdoors as they will most likely accommodate u since its a small wedding even if they have another wedding on?

    not sure on the laws in England sorry

    http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/availability/June-2014.htm?searchtext=city-of-london

  • AlijeanAlijean Posts: 6

    Thanks for the reply! Apparently England has a rule that weddings need to be I'm a structure of some kind so my options for an outdoor wedding are already limited, I'm starting to think getting up to Scotland might be easier! I really don't want to be inside, I did know why, I never thought about this before now! 

  • HydrogirlHydrogirl Posts: 809

    I wanted an outdoor wedding too! although finding a venue that either does a marquee or has an indoor area is a good idea for weather related issues lol

    not sure on price for London but those places looked expensive image

    maybe call around them, that link lets u choose if they are licensed then maybe after you get quotes it might be an idea to look at going to Scotland or somewhere abroad? mini holiday too lol

    right I looked up the law - you can get married in a fixed roof structure like a pagoda or a bandstand - not sure if that helps?

  • HydrogirlHydrogirl Posts: 809

    http://www.thelodge-scotland.com/facilities/tree_house.php

    I would have loved to get married here if I didn't have to invite so many people

  • Hannah YYWHannah YYW Posts: 121 admin

    If you're happy to look outside London, there's the venue from this stunning (and tiny) wedding in Cornwall: http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/summer/barefoot-on-the-beach/19369.html - it's called Lamorran Gardens, and you can get married under a cupola in the garden.

    Or there's this place in Bournemouth - likely to be booked up for August, but worth a go: http://www.beachweddingsbournemouth.co.uk/wedding-pricing/

    Or maybe a Whitstable wedding? http://www.uniquehomestays.com/unique/details.asp?id=534

     

     

  • herstoryherstory Posts: 1,268

    You need to give notice

    https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships/what-you-need-to-do

    and you need to have picked the venue when you do this, we were told the date can be changed the venue can't, if you change venue you have to give notice again.

    One good way to find a venue is looking at an area's list of licencesed venues on the registrars website.

    If the venue is not in the area you live you have to book the registrar for the area covering the venue and give notice at your local office, if your not living together you may have to go to different offices depending how far apart you live.

    I think the problem will be getting an appointment to give notice, we were given dates over a month after we rang up to book! 

     

  • I looked at somewhere in the lakes where you paid a set price for the bride and froom then extra for any guests. Up to 20 extra guests. If you were willing to change location?! I'm sure they did outdoor ceremonies. 

  • Spam88Spam88 Posts: 1,001

    I think there's a bit of confusion about this, so to clarify, in England and Wales a wedding has to take place in a licensed venue.  A venue can only be licensed if it's a permanent structure with a roof.  Some places get around this by having a permanent gazebo/bandstand type structure that's licensed, so your wedding is technically outside but you have to be under the structure.

    As herstory said though, you need to give notice.  From the date of your appointment (we also had to wait a month!) there's a period of 15 days before you can get married.  If you want to get married in 8 weeks time then you need to get a move on! image It's not impossible though, my friend did it in about 10 weeks I think.

  • AlijeanAlijean Posts: 6

    Thank you so much for all the replies! I'm hoping that we're keeping it incredibly simple will help - just us, the witnesses, and whoever we need to make it official.

    I think We'll try to find somewhere outside in Scotland with just a celebrant and a photographer, then hop on a plane to Thailand for a short honeymoon - make the day just about us image

  • HydrogirlHydrogirl Posts: 809

    That's sounds awesome! are you wanting a weekend? And mountains or hillside, beach, loch etc? If u need any help I'm based in Stirling x

  • Have a look on here too! You can search by type of wedding venue and you can contact the venue directly to find out if there is late availability! 

    http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/venues/?utm_source=YYW_forum&utm_medium=forum&utm_campaign=YYW_forum 

  • AlijeanAlijean Posts: 6

    Hydrogirl wooded, unkepty garden, I'm not entirely sure yet - not too far from Glasgow, and I'm thinking maybe near a nice country pub/lodge where I can stay with my (new! eep!) husband and witnesses that night to celebrate before flying off in the morning. 

     

    Now I've decided Scotland and no longer trying to book a proper 'venue' I've shifted stressing to a photographer - just want a few nice photos, not a whole day and don't need any posed/group shots, but I think it's the thing I'll be pickiest about (i'm a graphic designer so visual things I like to be just so!). I'll have to plan around their availability - weekends might be hard to get someone for just a few hours!

  • HydrogirlHydrogirl Posts: 809

    Loch lommond is near and easy to get to and has forested areas all around, however there are also the island i.e arran. if you are whiskey drinkers the islands have many distilaries on them i.e. isle of Islay

    to marry in scotland you can give notice by post to the local authority but you have to pick up your wedding certificate either you or H2B before the day of the wedding - if its a weekend then the friday

    you need to establish if u r having a humanist etc as they will also need to sign your notice papers

    also the certificate needs to be submitted in the 3days after the wedding to the local council or the marriage is void - this can be done by anyone tho

    also woodlands are the home of midges - so best think about that - wil be fine for ceromony + photos tho u will prob be bitten unless all guests have midges spray on but i would defo have the reception indoors or in a marquee at least

    http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/loch-arkaig/woodland-weddings-at-loch-arkaig

    http://www.nts.org.uk/property/hermitage/

    http://www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk/places/blair-atholl/falls-bruar

    http://www.enchantedforest.org.uk/about-us/faqs

    http://www.marthrownofmabie.com/

    http://www.rothiemurchus.net/Pages/Host%20an%20Event/Weddings.html

    http://www.weddingvenues.com/venue5031.html - Kent but looks nice

    http://www.perthshirewedding.com/wedding-venues-rooms.html - the grotto!

    http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/category/322/woodland.html

  • AlijeanAlijean Posts: 6

    Hydrogirl those are great suggestions! I'll go over them in detail when I get home from work. We'll only have a wedding party of 4, maybe 5 people so a room in a pub would be fine - and my brother is going to be a witness and it'll be all his christmasses come at once to get in some whisky tasting!

    Do you know if the certificate can be submitted by post? Does someone need to actually be in the country to do it - just thinking if we're out of the country the next day (maybe the celebrant?)

  • laurapjlaurapj Posts: 726

    Hi Alijean,

    I did all sorts of outdoor wedding research as this is exactly what I wanted. On my hunt i came across some places that might be suited to your needs. Have a look at Larmer Tree Gardens nr Bristol (they have several adorable little buildings & pagodas that are licensed). Also Kilver Court Secret garden has a stunning little dovecote which is licensed. It's next to a shopping outlet but the pics look lovely. Finally try Silver Pear Weddings at Friars Court

    Not sure if any are suitable but worth a look, might be too far out of London for you though?

  • AlijeanAlijean Posts: 6

    Hydrogirl wooded, unkepty garden, I'm not entirely sure yet - not too far from Glasgow, and I'm thinking maybe near a nice country pub/lodge where I can stay with my (new! eep!) husband and witnesses that night to celebrate before flying off in the morning. 

     

    Now I've decided Scotland and no longer trying to book a proper 'venue' I've shifted stressing to a photographer - just want a few nice photos, not a whole day and don't need any posed/group shots, but I think it's the thing I'll be pickiest about (i'm a graphic designer so visual things I like to be just so!). I'll have to plan around their availability - weekends might be hard to get someone for just a few hours!

  • HydrogirlHydrogirl Posts: 809

    http://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/ardkinglas-woodland-garden-p249971

    Anybody can submit the cert the next day, not sure if ur celebrant will do it tho as they would then need to post it to you, if u have a registrar then they might, can a friend do it?

    most parks in Scotland are forested, it might be worth having a back up plan incase it rains etc so a hotel or pubs gardens might be a by petter shout. Also have a look at renting a house for a few nights, they might have the land and be in a forest, it would be a back up plan plus somewhere for you all to stay

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