In light of the difficulties all engaged couples are facing right now i.e. When & where can I actually get married?! I thought I’d share my favourite & the most beautiful places to say ‘I do’ outdoors in London.
If you live in the capital & you’re engaged, booking an outdoor wedding venue in London is probably top of your priority list right now! At the moment (1/7/20) the world is still knee-deep in Corvid-19 horribleness and for people in the UK at least, the privileges they have only recently been given, may soon be stripped away again. For people looking forward to their big day in the next couple of weeks the recent news meant that their wedding day was tragically, cancelled. With gatherings of over 30 people postponed this has meant that thousands of couples have had to cancel wedding venues, hotels, cars, flowers… you name it! Although I don’t about you, on my wedding day there’s no chance of more than 10 people being there! I don’t even know 30 people! I digress. This news is awful, it’s not just awful for the couples, it’s awful for the thousands of small independent businesses who were hoping to get back on track after months with no money coming in. I feel for them & I emphasise. But, I am not sitting here typing away in order to wallow in a Coronavirus pit of despair. No, I am here to offer hope and pretty pictures of some of the most beautiful outdoor wedding venues in London! Yay!
After spending most of my adult life in the capital, I know full well that London offers some of the most scenic and stunning locations to tie the knot. Many of these venues and spaces also have the most incredible outdoor areas that will suit a post-Covid-19 wedding perfectly! Being outdoors offers the safest way to tie the knot right now as many of those pesky germs will hopefully/probably/if you’re lucky just float off into the skyline, rather than stick to the sides of your plastic marquee. Also, planning an outdoor wedding means you can really ditch the old-school traditions and go crazy when it comes to catering, seating plans and lighting. No need to anguish over whether crazy uncle Dave would be ok sitting next to your loopy stepmum when there is no plan, just point to the seating and let them work it out! No sit down meals, just have lunch boxes or food trucks, and then everyone can choose what they like. If you think about it… why didn’t we do this before!? Oh, yeah… because its only not raining in the UK for about 2 weeks of the year, and that’s not guaranteed! No, the pandemic has forced our hand, but that just means you have to get creative, not just with catering, but also with shelter. Even if the weather forecast is amazing and there’s not a cloud in sight, you may want to consider some form of sheltering for your outdoor wedding.
Can you legally get married outdoors?
If you’re getting married in England, unfortunately you can only be wed under a fixed roof. Now, this could be a verandah of a house or even a bandstand but it has to be fixed. You can’t get married in a marquee. You can however get married in a beach hut – Bournemouth beach has recently been licensed for marriages so a traditional wooden beach hut is an option if you’re not looking at outdoor wedding venues in London.
A Registrar can only marry you in ‘approved’ rooms or spaces; so if you don’t want to be tied by the legal obligations, why not consider a celebrant. If you’re happy to hold off on officiating your marriage, a celebrant can host your wedding pretty much anywhere meaning that the possibilities really are endless.
Here are my top picks for the most stunning outdoor wedding venues in London.
From wedding venues in royal parks to pub wedding venues with adorable gardens, there’s bound to be something you like the look of and a place that will certainly look amazing in your big day pics!
Queen’s House in Greenwich
The Queen’s House in South East London is an iconic and stylish wedding venue in London with an outdoor ceremony license. From drinks on the lawn with captivating sweeping park views on your unforgettable outdoor ceremony, Queen’s House is a very special place to celebrate.
The Great Hall as a wedding breakfast space. It can accommodate 120 guests and boasts views over the Thames (as well as a stunning black and white marble floor). The photograph opportunities are endless.
If you have a smaller guest list, don’t worry – you can still get married at Queen’s House! The Orangery and South Parlours are perfect for intimate receptions and ceremonies with up to 50 people. Obviously all the places listed above are all indoors, but being a licenced outdoor wedding venue means that on a sunny day all of your festivities can take place in the open air.
We’re obsessed with The Great Hall as a wedding breakfast space. It can accommodate 120 guests and boasts views over the Thames (as well as a stunning black and white marble floor). The photograph opportunities are endless.
Regent’s Conferences & Events in Regent’s Park
Nestled in the heart of London’s Regent’s Park is one of the most perfect outdoor wedding venues in London. From lavish marquee receptions to small and intimate dinners, Regent’s Events can offer you a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Regent’s Park is licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can say your vows without worrying about travelling between venues or even venturing inside… The private gardens can accommodate up to 500 people while the indoor spaces are suitable for up to 90 guests.
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Chelsea Physic Garden in Chelsea
Chelsea Physic Garden provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. It’s quite simply the ultimate garden wedding venue in London!
With up to 70 guests, you can host wedding blessings in the enchanting garden, which can be hired exclusively. The garden is spread over four acres in total and is divided into quarters by intersecting paths – its such a romantic space to explore & an amazing outdoor wedding venue in London!
Le Gothique in Battersea
Le Gothique has been hosting weddings since 1987, so you’re in very experienced hands when you choose to say ‘I do’ here.
The historic venue features a gothic bar and restaurant as well as a stunning inner-city garden for you to say your vows in.
If that wasn’t enough, Le Gothique in Battersea also boasts an in-house florist, DJs and a Rolls-Royce wedding car available to hire if you fancy a ride around the city after your wedding vows. It’s no problem if you want to bring in your own suppliers though, the team there are totally flexible.
The venue can host up to 150 guests and offers seriously reasonable wedding packages for your big day!
Morden Hall in Morden
If you’ve got your heart set on luxury and romance away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than Morden Hall. It’s surrounded by sweeping National Trust parkland and is bordered by the ever so tranquil River Wandle.
The gleaming white country house is where your day will begin. The Cherry Suite is a light and modern dressing room for you and your bride squad.
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There’s a choice of ceremony spaces for the main event, from the gardens to The Willow Room or Hawthorn Room. And to celebrate your newly-wed status, what could be better than sipping delicious cocktails and gorging on mouth-watering canapés in the sun?
The Mulberry Room is a spectacular space to wine, dine and dance the night away (the crown jewel of this unique outdoor wedding venue in London, for sure), and when all the fun comes to an end, there is a beautiful range of accommodation options nearby.
Tudor Barn Royal Greenwich in Eltham
An idyllic barn wedding venue in London? Nah, there can’t be! Well there is and its called the Tudor Barn Royal Greenwich. It’s located just 20 minutes from the craziness of central London… but you’d never guess it!
This exclusive-use London wedding venue is set within 13 acres of stunning, award-winning parkland. It offers a range of super delightful outdoor spaces, including the Moat Terrace and charming Tudor Lawn, meaning a wedding ceremony in the sun is more than possible.
After saying your vows and hosting reception drinks, you can head inside The Tudor Barn for a wedding breakfast or stay outside and enjoy the (fingers crossed) sun. It was originally built by William Roper and still retains many original features – the perfect space for a rustic celebration.
The Tudor Barn has a capacity of 190 seated guests and 300 standing. If you have a larger guest list, you can erect a marquee in the grounds for up to 300 people, making it pretty high up there in the best outdoor wedding venues in London.
Battersea Park in Battersea (obvs!)
Fancy saying ‘I do’ in one of London’s oldest and most iconic parks? Battersea Park is a 200-acre, Grade II-listed historic park containing three very special wedding venues. There’s the Bowling Green Pavilion and Lawn, the Pump House Gallery and the Victorian Bandstand.
The Victorian Bandstand is located in the heart of the park and allows you to say your vows outside. It’s also just a stone’s throw away from The Bowling Green Pavilion, so you can head there to continue your celebrations.
The Bowling Green Pavilion is a self-contained space with views of the iconic Battersea Power Station. You can transform your big day with an outdoor structure on the lawn for enjoying an open-air dinner, barbecue, food-trucks or dancing under the stars.
Last but not least is the Pump House Gallery. Nestled behind the boating lake, it has an impressive flagstone terrace and is flooded with natural light all year round. There are multiple floors (including a mezzanine level), and the space is licensed for ceremonies of all kinds.
Do you know a better outdoor wedding venue in London? Comment below or let me know on social media!