Outdoor weddings in Ceredigion have become increasingly popular in the last few years. During the pandemic special rules applied to allow couples to get married in the great outdoors. Now those rules are here to stay. Outside wedding ceremonies present a natural and charming backdrop for a couples wedding day.
The law in England and Wales now allows couples to choose a legally binding wedding ceremony in a licensed outdoor space. As long as a venue has a licence for a civil ceremony, a wedding may take place anywhere within the venue’s boundary. At this point in time it is not possible to hold your ceremony in a garden, field, wood, beach etc. without a licence, unless you choose a celebrant to lead your ceremony. However, this is under review and may well change soon.
Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies
Outdoor weddings provide great opportunities for me as a photographer. I find they are generally more relaxed and informal. They allow me to work with natural light, which is always my preference for wedding photography. I am able to capture images with a backdrop of beautiful scenery or the ambiance of the setting chosen. Working outside can also mean more space to work in and move around in order to capture those special shots.
The only downside to an outdoors ceremony can be the weather! A venue will usually make a judgement call on the morning of the wedding as to whether an outdoor wedding can go ahead. In poor weather the ceremony may need to be moved to a more suitable inside space. You may choose to ‘brave the weather’ and supply colourful brollies and wellies for each of your guests. Either way, it is a good idea to let your guests know of your plans in advance so that they can dress accordingly.
Outdoor Wedding Venues
As preparation for wedding season for 2023 is underway I thought I would share a few venues that may be able to accommodate your plans for an outdoor wedding ceremony in Ceredigion.
Ynyshir Hall, Egwlysfach – Ynyshir can provide a truly magical setting for your wedding day. They can cater for up to 35 guests. They offer outdoor ceremonies in a secluded woodland area or in front of their large pine tree.
The Shed at Mwnt – This beautiful location offers both stunning countryside and sea views as a backdrop for your wedding day. This rustic, country venue will host your outdoor wedding ceremony on the gently sloping land of the Ceredigion coastline.
The Garden Pavillion at Falcondale Hotel, Lampeter – The stunning country house hotel is located in the Teifi Valley. Get married in the garden gazebo which is set in a secluded area of their 14 acre grounds.
Finally, if you are planning an outdoor wedding in Ceredigion and would like to chat about your photography then please get in touch.