Celebrate Your Way

Do you have your heart set on a wedding in a barn with hay bales, a tipi in the woods, a lakeside or in a private house or garden? Then choose to celebrate your way with us;

The venue

The law only allows a civil marriage to take place in a venue approved for such purpose. There is no provision to be married outdoors or in a non-permanent structure such as a marquee.

If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding at one of our approved venues or at a venue that isn’t approved for legal marriage ceremonies we can assist. Our dedicated and professional team can complete both the legal and celebration elements of your ceremony, giving you peace of mind that you are in experienced hands with a great record of delivering excellent service.

When contacting us to provisionally book the date and time of your ceremony you must provide us with name and contact details of the land owner/proprietor of your venue so that we can undertake a risk assessment. The risk assessment will be undertaken within 2 weeks and you will be notified in writing of the outcome of the risk assessment

The legal ceremony

On confirmation that your chosen venue has a satisfactory risk assessment we will contact you to arrange your legal ceremony. Your legal ceremony will be held at Wakefield or Pontefract Town Hall with two witnesses. Alternatively you can choose a larger room to accommodate more guests or have the legal ceremony at an approved venue of your choice (subject to relevant fee). We recommend the legal ceremony is undertaken within the two weeks prior to your celebration ceremony.

The celebration ceremony

We will provide you with a guide to your ceremony which provides you with many opportunities to enhance and personalize your ceremony so that it is unique to you. You can include personal vows, readings and music. You can share your story, how you met, your shared hopes and aspirations. You can also choose to combine sands, which symbolizes the two of you and your families joining together as one. If there is anything additional to this that you would like to include in your ceremony please contact us to discuss.

Prior to the ceremony you will meet with the celebrant who will be officiating on the day to discuss all aspects of your celebration ceremony.

Please contact us for more information or to book  Please see the fees download for more information.

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