Garden weddings should be about love and friendship. About sharing your commitment with the people who matter the most to you.

Some couples want their wedding day to build on their community and social circle. It should be part of the life they love and not something different.

Many decide that the most natural place in which to get married is their own garden. And why not? It’s a place that, often, they’ve built themselves. They associate it with home and comfort, with good times and relaxation.


You can still have the formal wedding of your dreams. If that’s what you dream of. Chairs can be laid out in two blocks with an aisle between. If you’ve planned ahead, why not build a wedding arch and grow your favourite roses up it? They you can use it as the backdrop for your ceremony.

….or relaxed?

If you want a less formal garden wedding, how about have the ceremony just “happen”? You can mingle with your guests at your garden party. At an allotted time, I can call the wedding together. No formal seating, no waiting – just warmth and friendship.

Garden weddings and the British weather!

The first rule of blog writing might be “always be positive” but I’m going to have to mention the British weather. When planning garden weddings you need to consider the possibility of rain (sleet, snow, blizzard). You need a fallback plan!

How about getting all your guests to bring their cheapo garden gazebos. You can have fun putting them all up. Or you might hire something more splendid for the day. If your house is big enough you can use that as your fallback. Or how about renting the village hall – just in case? You can leave the final decision as late as is practical. As a celebrant, I don’t mind standing in the rain if that’s what makes you happy but your guests might not agree.

To get your creative juices flowing about garden weddings, have a look HERE at this super article from Bride magazine.

Questions about garden weddings?

If you’d like to talk about how non-religious humanist ceremonies are perfect for garden weddings, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a no obligation chat.

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