OUTDOOR WEDDINGS IN CHESHIRE
FINDING THE PERFECT PLACE TO GET MARRIED OUTSIDE
Outdoor weddings are becoming more and more popular for couples getting married in the UK. Even up here in the North West, brides and grooms are looking for venues to host an outdoor wedding in Manchester, Cheshire and around the region – despite the unpredictability of the Great British weather.
But getting married outside isn’t quite as simple as you might imagine. There are a few important things you should think about and look for, to make sure you find the perfect place for an outdoor wedding.
OUTDOOR WEDDING REQUIREMENTS
LICENSED FOR BEAUTIFUL CEREMONIES OUTSIDE
It’s easy to get carried away quickly when planning an outdoor wedding, especially if you look at a lot of American blogs which talk about finding the perfect spot outside. But if you want to get married legally outdoors in the UK, it must be held underneath a licensed structure. This could be an Oak Pagoda, like at Heaton House Farm. There has to be a fixed structure that is licensed – not just a lovely looking field or a beautiful forest backdrop.
OUTDOOR WEDDING BLESSINGS
KEEP IT INFORMAL AND SIMPLY CELEBRATE
If you get married elsewhere – in a registry office for example, or a place of worship – and you don’t want an official outdoor wedding, you can have a non-legal ceremony like a humanist, Asian wedding, Jewish wedding or blessing – anywhere you want. Why not come and take a look at our North Lawn? Stand in the middle of it and you can see some truly beautiful countryside views.
ACCESSIBLE OUTDOOR WEDDINGS
MAKE SURE YOUR GUESTS CAN MOVE AROUND
Getting married in the middle of a forest might sound like a fairy-tale, but how will your guests (and their chairs) actually get there? Even outdoor weddings that are close to the road might still be difficult to access for certain guests, like elderly grandparents or anyone who might be in a wheelchair. Try and avoid walking across muddy fields and wet grass – it won’t go down well with your mother-in-law! Instead, look for outside areas that are beautifully paved like at Heaton House Farm, where guests can sit on the large patio for ceremonies and receptions
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS---
CELEBRATING IN STYLE AFTER THE CEREMONY
A beautiful mountaintop or a field in the middle of nowhere sounds idyllic, but in reality, it just isn’t practical for an outdoor wedding. Consider how your guests will get to your ceremony, and where they will park, then think about transport arrangements to the restaurant, hotel or marquee where food will be served. Or find a venue to hold your entire outdoor wedding in one place, like at Heaton House Farm. A gorgeous ceremony outside, and then a beautiful meal inside. No hassle of unnecessary journeys, coaches, taxis or parking.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT BAD WEATHER
There’s no escaping the possibility of rain in the UK, even in the middle of summer. And if you’re looking at outdoor weddings in Cheshire, there is a chance of poor weather. But don’t worry about it, just consider indoor options as a back-up, in case the weather turns bad. Take the time to fall in love with indoor areas as well as your dream outdoor area. At Heaton House Farm we’ve got three additional licensed areas indoors, should the weather mean an outdoor wedding isn’t an option – in the oak beamed barn, under the stars, or under the pleats.