Expert advice about celebrant

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The great outdoors

The great outdoors

Q. We wanted to get married in one of London's green spaces, but we've found out we can't have a legal ceremony outside. What are our options?

A. Sue Walder says: It's true that you can't legally marry outdoors in England and Wales. Current laws require there to be some sort of licensed shelter such as a gazebo or a bandstand. If your heart is set on the great outdoors, then you can work with a humanist celebrant to create a bespoke and personal ceremony that truly reflects your values and style.

As humanist weddings are not yet legally recognised in England and Wales (unlike Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey), you can have this type of ceremony anywhere – including parks and green spaces. You simply complete the statutory paperwork at your local register office before or after. Despite this, my couples always regard their humanist wedding as the real thing. I have conducted ceremonies in some of London's most fabulous green spaces such as Woodberry Wetlands in Stoke Newington and Rembrandt Garden in Little Venice.

Sue Walder,Sue Walder - Humanist Celebrant

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